Tag Archives: Jennifer Draper

After Clinking Champagne Glasses

You’ve counted down the clock and sang “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight, so now it’s time for the annual rite of self-reflection and exploration of the new year’s potential. If you’re coming up blank, heed the goals and advice of some of the greatest American writers. Take the pressure out of your list making by […]

Twelve Odd Tales for Christmas

Grinches and reindeer may dominate our annual holiday folklore, yet celebrated American writers also produced seasonal gems less well known today. While these authors’ definitive literary works often overshadow minor prose, resurrect their unusual holiday tales to refresh your December reading list. Commence the Christmas countdown with the following twelve stories. “Christmastide” by H. P. […]

Drawing of Joan of Arc

Mr. Snodgrass and the Maid of Orléans

Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass was one alias of a man who used many names (like W. Epaminondas Adrastus Blab, for example). Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, the American writer is best known as Mark Twain—the nom de plume attributed to his renowned novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Yet […]

The Box-Car Children by Gertrude C. Warner

Get to Know Gertrude

Half a century before beat writer Jack Kerouac touted the appeal of freight hopping, Gertrude Chandler Warner dreamed up The Boxcar Children while sick at home with bronchitis. The American first-grade teacher wrote a book series about four orphaned siblings—Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden—who made their home in an abandoned railroad car. Warner fed […]