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Before It Was Mrs. Dalloway... Novels That Came From Short Stories

Mrs. Dalloway is not the only novel to begin its life as a short story. With the New York Public Library's extensive collection of online newspapers, magazines, and journals, you can read many of these published short stories at home and compare them to their later, expanded versions—all you need is your library card. Read More ›

Learn English With Shakespeare: Free Websites and Books for English Language Learners

Shakespeare’s language can be a challenge for fluent English speakers. If you’re an English language learner, you might think that Shakespeare is not for for you, but there are many different ways you can learn about his work, his life, and his language and improve your English skills. Read More ›

Men, Sex, and the Literary Novel

The discussion of the change in how sex is presented in literary novels, particularly by male authors, has taken place several times over the last few years. This type of novel, which at one point was ubiquitous in the publishing world, has fallen out of favor.Read More ›

#LiteraryMarchMadness 2016

Starting March 17, we'll be holding our Third Annual Literary March Madness! This is a bracket-style tournament like the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, but with a literary twist: our competition pits famous authors against each other and the winner is decided by you! Sixteen authors will enter, only one can be crowned this year's crowd favorite.Read More ›

Famous Author Feuds for the Ages

If you like a contest of words, these literary arguments will suit your fancy. From arguments over the pronunciation of Russian vowels to televised winner-take-alls, here are a few famous author feuds for the ages.Read More ›

Reading Wesleyan Press

The works of four poets and writers from Wesleyan University Press.Read More ›

Finding Love in NYC, Literally

The city that never sleeps is the backdrop for some of literature’s best love stories. Here are our favorite romantic scenes that take place in the city, plus a map with their locations. Read More ›

Famous Literary Locales, Visualized

Public domain images from Digital Collections that remind us of classic books.Read More ›

Five Authors. Six Books.

Recent literary press titles in translation.Read More ›

The United States of Fredonia?

“It was a great oversight” of the Constitution’s framers that they did not give the United States a “proper name.” Read More ›

Summer Reading 2015: A Women's Literary World Cup

Are you watching the Women’s World Cup? The tournament began on June 6 with teams from 24 countries competing in cities around Canada, and the Round of 16 starts tomorrow. If you'd like to indulge in some reading between matches, we've got lots of suggestions for you. Whether or not you're a soccer fan, you can cheer on your favorites in the Women's Literary World Cup. All readers are welcome!Read More ›

My Library, English Conversation Edition: Meet Gani!

Every time Gani enters the room during Mid-Mahattan Library's English Conversation Hour, his positivity is immediately felt by everyone.Read More ›

May Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Dance in unexpected places... walking through literary New York... New York's incredible abandoned spaces... photographing fashion's trendsetters... recipes in literature... unusual hiking destinations... coming of age in postwar America... the art and science of what we eat... southern Italy's most celebrated gardens... urban transformation in Chelsea... the influence of our infrastructure...Read More ›

April Quotes From Your Favorite Literature

While Shakespeare aligned April with youth and vitality, Eliot called it “the cruelest month.” Melville compared April to a red-cheeked dancing girl, and Millay even titled one collection Second April. Here are a few of our favorite April quotes in literature.Read More ›

Erasures in Literature

Erasure is a form of literature, often poetry, created by selectively erasing words from an existing text to produce a new work. An event on April 25 will showcase examples and give you a chance to create your own.Read More ›

Physicists Who Looked To Literature

Literature provides ample inspiration to scientific fields, as these examples show—and vice versa.Read More ›

14 Words Even Bookworms Often Confuse

We've rounded up some tricky word pairs and their definitions, adding sentences to help you remember the distinctions. Join in the fun by commenting with your own mnemonic sentences that include these words.Read More ›

Mango Languages: Travel the World

Want to learn a new language? Do you know that we have a service that provides visual and auditory instruction for 64 different languages?Read More ›

Our Favorite Female Characters

We asked our staff about their favorite female characters. Here are some they highly recommend for kids, teens and adults alike.

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16 Powerful Quotes About What It Means to Be a Woman

Women are some of our favorite writers, most intelligent voices, and incredible innovators. Women have helped us think more deeply through issues about which we're passionate, and women have made our world a better place to be human. Read More ›
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