To Be Online

Earlier this year, Shakespeare Quarterly took an important step and launched a brand-new website to showcase content from the journal as well as innovative Shakesperean scholarship outside the traditional print product. Journal editor Gail Kern Paster , also Director Emerita of the Folger...Read more

Q&A WITH JESSICA L. ADLER, Burdens of War: Creating the United States Veterans Health System

Q: Why did you decide to write Burdens of War ? I was a health reporter for a small daily newspaper in Paterson, New Jersey in the early 2000s, writing about issues ranging from the rollout of Medicare Part D and the financial woes of small inner city hospitals to how patients and their families...Read more

Could the famed B&O Railroad be saved? In 1858, one man thought it could.

A few blocks away from Baltimore’s lively Inner Harbor stands one of railroading’s most iconic buildings: the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Roundhouse, known as the “Birthplace of American Railroading” and now the home of the B&O Railroad Museum . Built in 1884, this historic building celebrates...Read more

Achieving the “Greater Good”: Is Lack of Education Beyond High School the Culprit?

The main cause and best permanent solution to the populist dissatisfaction that led to the 2016 electoral revolt in the US and in Europe lies in the issues discussed in this book. Colleges and universities do not produce students, they produce human capital skills that are used throughout life not...Read more

The Erie Canal’s bicentennial: a reminder of what happens when wealth, politics, and science converge

Two centuries ago, when the richest man in America ran for higher public office, he prioritized the public good above personal gain, and he cultivated American science and technology as key potential contributors to general prosperity. Stephen Van Rensselaer’s behavior certainly contrasts in...Read more

“Perfectly Polite and Agreeable”: Anglo-American Encounters on the Far Side of Jane Austen’s World

Rear Admiral Charles Austen (1779-1852) and Sir Francis Austen (1774-1865) In June 1812, just after Jane Austen had completed her inaugural novel, Sense and Sensibility , the US Congress astonished Britons by declaring war on their nation. Through the War of 1812, Austen would continue to publish,...Read more

Heels, Flats & Ankle Straps: Transitional Shoes In Jane Austen's World

Excellent example of "exotic" kid slippers with Alhambra-esque pattern, c. 1790-1800. This is a quality slipper with a high level of finish detail. Note the very low leather heel. Courtesy, the Portsmouth Historical Society. That we have come to associate the emergence of Regency style in North...Read more