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The image of Emily Dickinson is so familiar as to be iconic: the reclusive poet, sequestered and alone, always dressed in white and writing lines of beguiling complexity from the desk in her bedroom in Amherst. But as made clear in an exhibit soon to open at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City—which this volume accompanies—the reality is quite different: Dickinson was connected through the links of family, acquaintance, correspondence, and literary influence to a network of readers who struggled to understand—and often, to constrain—her unique poetic voice.


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Religious tolerance seems like an unconditional virtue—always a good thing. But can we preserve a place for engagement with religiously informed moral claims in the public square if we permit any kind of utterance to be shielded by the claim of religious belief?


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Is Donald Trump an anomaly in American political history? Or is he the newest (and perhaps most technologically advanced) expression of a long-standing theme in the American political tradition—the theme of authoritarianism?


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Featured Series: Public Works

The public square is crowded with contentious issues: the legitimacy of revenge, the rights of women, tolerance and conscience, the future of privacy. We bring the perspective of leading scholars in the humanities to bear on these and other questions.


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