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Marjorie Garber publishes new book Character: The History of a Cultural Obsession

July 14, 2020

What is “character”? How can it be measured, improved, or built? Are character traits fixed or changeable? Is character innate, or can it be taught?

Since at least the time of Aristotle, philosophers, theologians, moralists, artists, and scientists have engaged with the enigma of human character. In its oldest usage, “character” derives from a word for engraving or stamping, yet over time, it has come to mean a moral idea, a type, a literary persona, and a physical or physiological manifestation, observable in works of art and scientific experiments. It is...

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Poetry in America

Poetry In America

Poetry in America’s mission is to bring poetry into living rooms and classrooms around the world.

Morris Gray

Morris Gray & Readings

The Harvard English Department hosts many readings throughout the year, including the Morris Gray Poetry series, which dates back to 1939 with poets that include Robert Frost, Claudine Rankine, and Adrienne Rich.

Woodberry Poetry Room

Woodberry Poetry Room

A warm, welcoming poetry library and a vital hub of literary activity, the Poetry Room features a circulating collection of 20th and 21st century books and a landmark collection of audio-visual recordings.

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