The Queerness of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Shakespeare’s Sonnets are enduringly popular. Many people recognize famous lines from the sequence or even know some of the sonnets by heart. Even though the first edition, published in 1609, was not reprinted in Shakespeare’s lifetime, the Sonnets are now among the most culturally valued and widely marketed of his … Continue reading

David Armitage, Francis Lieber, and Civil Wars

The concept for the book Civil Wars: A History in Ideas, David Armitage’s examination of bloody conflicts from ancient times to the present, germinated in the idyllic surroundings of The Huntington. When the author revisited The Huntington more than a decade later to deliver the Crotty Lecture last month, he … Continue reading

Yone Noguchi and Haiku in the United States

Haiku is arguably the best-known form of poetry in the United States. Nearly every schoolchild in the U.S. has attempted to write a poem in three lines of seventeen syllables, arranged in the now familiar 5-7-5 syllable pattern. Traditionally, haiku focuses on natural themes and provides philosophical insight through the … Continue reading

Kevin Starr Lives on at The Huntington

At the dedication of The Huntington’s Munger Research Center in 2004, California historian Kevin Starr (1940–2017), who died in January, said, “Southern California contemplates itself, defines itself, brings itself to further identity through a variety of agencies and instruments: its newspapers, its artists, its essayists and novelists, its historians, its … Continue reading

Highlights from the Year in Print, Online, and over the Airwaves

We’ve covered a lot of memorable stories on Verso this year, but The Huntington also got a fair amount of coverage in other outlets—from the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal, from KPCC’s AirTalk to international art magazine Apollo. While we have linked to some of these stories … Continue reading