Ex Libris: The Winter Fortress

Imagine the horror if Germany, under Adolf Hitler, had developed the atomic bomb first.
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Ex Libris: Murder as a Fine Art

Thomas De Quincey, made famous by his controversial Confessions of an Opium-Eater, was an important influence in the Victorian Sensationalism literary movement.
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Defining Carolina

On any map of South Carolina, there are a surprising number of French…
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Ex Libris: Persuasion

There is perhaps no canonical author who has had swept modern culture as comprehensively as Jane Austen.
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Sinter Klaas

Before he was coming down chimneys, adorned in his iconic red suit and black boots to deliver toys to all of the deserving children, St. Nicholas was known as the “protector of children and sailors.”
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Tribes and Territories

South Carolina is steeped in Revolutionary War and Civil War history. However, a rich and distinct history existed for hundreds, even thousands of years before these relatively young historical events became significant.
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Ex Libris: Treacherous Beauty

“I believe I may without vanity say that there are few women that could have so far conquered [these difficulties] as I have done.” — Peggy Shippen Arnold
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Ex Libris: The Folio Book of Ghost Stories

As a child, I remember begging my father to tell me the scariest ghost story he knew, and I also remember my mother promptly vetoing the request for the sake of everyone’s sleep that night.
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Ex Libris: How English Became English – A Short History of a Global Language

I have always felt a strong curiosity about the origins of the English language as its rather complex family tree offers a plethora of diverse vocabulary.
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Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, the Hebrew word for “dedication,” commemorates the rededication…
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