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In this SundayArts Profile, Rafael Pi Roman speaks to Pulitzer Prize-winner Oscar Hijuelos about his recent memoir, "Thoughts without Cigarettes," and more generally about his life and his writings as a member of the Americas Society.

"The agonies of Haiti are as wide as they are deep," a journalist recently wrote. And perhaps no one exposes those agonies more poignantly than Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat.

Visit The Museum and Library of the Hispanic Society of America, dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic language, literature and history.

In the 1940′s and 50′s while Superman and Wonder Woman reigned supreme, they still had to share space with dozens of characters, Little Lulu, Dennis the Menace, Scrooge McDuck and many more.  Recently, Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly published “The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics,” a collection of some of these best loved titles.  [...]

Trumbo is the story of screen writer Dalton Trumbo’s harrowing descent from Hollywood royalty to blacklisted writer to Academy-Award winner. Focusing on Trumbo’s own words, the film, directed by Peter Askin, is adapted from his son Christopher Trumbo’s 2003 play and features performances of some of Trumbo’s remarkable letters written during the devastation wrought by [...]

Back in 1997, a twenty-four year old Staceyann Chin moved from Kingston to Canarsie to escape persecution for being a lesbian who refused to conceal her sexuality. Once here, she became a performance poet and political activist, and over the years she has won many slam poetry competitions, has appeared in Off-Broadway one-woman shows, and [...]

In fall 2008, The Morgan Library & Museum received the gift of a highly important bound collection of Oscar Wilde’s letters and manuscripts, the whereabouts of which has been unknown to scholars for over half a century. This digital facsimile provides images and transcriptions of all the items housed in the volume. The red-leather-bound volume, [...]

Frank McCourt, who passed away Sunday July 19, 2009, taught English in the New York City School system for almost thirty years. Before his retirement, his grandest ambition was to someday be sitting in some audience while one of his award-winning former students publicly acknowledged him as an inspiration. Things turned out quite differently for [...]

Having intensely honed a unique writing style in Paris in the early 1920s, Ernest Hemingway was on the verge of a breakthrough by the middle of the decade. In June of 1926 – not yet 27 years old – Hemingway drafted a letter to Maxwell Perkins, his editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons, instructing him to [...]

In fewer than 25 years, Eugene O’Neill wrote 20 plays and won four Pulitzer Prizes. The triumphant author of such innovative works as The Iceman Cometh , A Touch of the Poet and the autobiographical masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night , O’Neill once described writing as his “vacation from living.” Award-winning director Ric Burns, [...]

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