September 2003 Web Edition


Collecting Whitman

R. Eden Martin

I'd like to start by telling you about a conversation I had — several times — with one of my law firm partners, whom I had known since law school. Henry died a few years ago. He was a brilliant student and lawyer, and he had a fine library of scholarly books about law, history, literature, and languages — including literature in five or six languages, which he read fluently. Read this article.



Robert Cotner

Someone asked me recently what I did for a living. I said, "I edit a journal." "What journal?" he asked. "The Caxtonian," I replied. "Does it pay well?" he asked, somewhat nosily, I thought. "It doesn't pay anything," I answered. Read this article.


‘Count of Darkness' — A great writer's least-read work

Dan Crawford

He was in a slump. People weren't buying, critics weren't applauding, publishers had become a good deal less pleasant. The phrase "has-been" was whispered. His private life, if not a perfect shambles, was tending that way. Read this article.


Reciprocal walks with Robert Frost

Jack W.C. Hagstrom, M.D.

While a student at Amherst College (1951-55), I had the great good fortune to meet two persons who would irrevocably change my life in different ways. This short essay is about the first, Robert Frost, and some walks we took together. Read this article.


Richard Christiansen remembers Chicago theater

Albert Williams

Richard Christiansen has been covering Chicago theater for 40 years. "Noted for his accuracy, fairness, and reportorial style" — to quote the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre — he was there when Hull House Theater under director Bob Sickinger introduced local audiences and artists to the work of Beckett, Albee, and Pinter... Read this article.


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