Author Archives: Sue Hodson


Posted on Aug. 29, 2016 by Sue Hodson
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Few people know that Edith Wharton (1862–1937), the eminent American author, played a significant role in the war effort during World War I. Wharton lived in France for much of her life, and, appalled...
Posted on Aug. 14, 2015 by Sue Hodson
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Poets, of course, aren’t the only ones to suffer in our world, they just talk more about it.
—Charles Bukowski, from “Looking Back at a Big...

Posted on Jan. 20, 2015 by Sue Hodson
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I was born July 21, 1929, the year of the market crash and the start of the Depression. But they weren’t my fault.
—Al Martinez, quoted in “Out of the Shadows,”...

Posted on Dec. 8, 2014 by Sue Hodson
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One of the greatest rewards of my job as a literary manuscripts curator is meeting and becoming friends with the authors whose papers I collect, and one of the sweetest of these friendships has been with...
Posted on Jun. 30, 2014 by Sue Hodson
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British author Hilary Mantel has been named Dame of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth’s annual birthday honors,

Posted on Aug. 27, 2013 by Sue Hodson
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What do Prince Charles, Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, and author Hilary Mantel have in common? Apart from their British roots, all three have been assisted by Mary Robertson, The Huntington’s William...
Posted on Mar. 12, 2013 by Sue Hodson
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“His finest-tuned tale yet.” The tale in question is Kent Haruf’s Benediction just published by Knopf...

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Oct. 16, 2019 by Bill Brown
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In the summer of 1919, from the pages of the Oakland Tribune, Professor Albert Porta predicted a "terrific weather cataclysm" for December 17—an event that would end the world ...
Oct. 9, 2019 by Usha Lee McFarling
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The Huntington has joined an ambitious effort to collect and preserve the biodiversity of all species on Earth ...
Oct. 2, 2019 by Lauren Rodriguez
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With his back turned to us, a mechanic is the focal point of Hugo Gellert's painting Worker and Machine (1928), currently on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art ...

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