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Posted on Mar. 9, 2022 by Natalie Russell
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The life of Sonya Levien (1888–1960) reads like a rags-to-riches fairy tale. But it is also a story of fortitude, feminism, and the ability to balance personal, family, and financial ambitions ...
Posted on Jun. 9, 2021 by Natalie Russell
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Born in Dublin and named for Irish folk heroes, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854–1900) became a cultural hero in his own right ...
Posted on Apr. 22, 2021 by Natalie Russell
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Archives are full of mysteries. Many manuscripts are undated. Often letters are addressed to first names and signed with initials. Accurately identifying and describing an item can be a research project...
Posted on Aug. 12, 2020 by Natalie Russell
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Charles Bukowski (1920–94) would have turned 100 on August 16. The so-called "poet laureate of Los Angeles low-life" had a reputation ...
Posted on May. 22, 2019 by Natalie Russell
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"Books are weapons in the war of ideas." This was the motto of the Council on Books in Wartime, a consortium of ...
Posted on Jun. 6, 2018 by Natalie Russell
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We have invited Natalie Russell, assistant curator of literary collections at The Huntington, to share with us her take on Lewis Carroll and items in our collections related to him and his work ...
Posted on Mar. 7, 2018 by Natalie Russell
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Haiku is arguably the best-known form of poetry in the United States. Nearly every schoolchild in the U.S. has attempted to write a poem in three lines of seventeen syllables, arranged in the now familiar...
Posted on Aug. 31, 2017 by Natalie Russell
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If you were to ask Sue Hodson, who is retiring today, about her favorite Huntington memories, she might tell you about the repartee that was exchanged by the panel of political cartoonists convened in...
Posted on Jul. 26, 2017 by Natalie Russell
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Summer is a time for enjoying the great outdoors, and what better way than by hiking and camping? That's as true today as it was more than a century ago, when one remarkable woman embarked on a 10-day...
Posted on Aug. 4, 2016 by Natalie Russell
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As the world celebrates the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro—where more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries will compete in 41 sports—we want to share with you some of the Olympics-related...
Posted on Jul. 22, 2016 by Natalie Russell
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In commemoration of the centennial of the creation of the National Park Service, The Huntington is mounting two related exhibitions. The first part, "Geographies of Wonder: Origin Stories of America's...
Posted on Mar. 7, 2016 by Natalie Russell
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Meet Huntington volunteer Dennis Harbach. Over the past two years, Harbach has laughed, cried, and winced his way through the gargantuan task of producing searchable metadata for the satirical cartoons...
Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Natalie Russell
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Posted on May. 26, 2015 by Natalie Russell
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For Americans looking for respite from the Great Depression and later World War II, the entertainment industry provided welcome relief. Los Angeles in the 1930s and 40s was a hotbed of film and theater...
Posted on Nov. 9, 2010 by Natalie Russell
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American author and humorist Samuel L. Clemens, better known by his popular pen name "Mark Twain," was born Nov. 30, 1835, making this year his 175th birthday ...

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Jun. 28, 2022 by Sandy Masuo
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In arid 21st-century California, April arrives at the tail end of the rainy season, which concluded this year with a water shortage emergency announcement. By the time state officials released the statement...
Jun. 21, 2022 by Steve Hindle
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June is a wonderful time of year at The Huntington: The flowers are in bloom, the gardens and galleries are bustling with visitors, and a fresh cohort of scholars are once again poring over our world-class...
Jun. 14, 2022 by Linde B. Lehtinen and Dennis Carr
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A woman lies naked on the ground, warmed by the sun. The organic lines of her body echo the color and curves of the stone beneath her, and she seems to merge with her environment. The central image is...

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