Historical Retrospectives

Dr. Seuss at 72 — Going Like 60

In a Post interview from 1977, Theodor Geisel — better known to the world as Dr. Seuss — looks back on his life and legacy, musing on his successes, his failures, and the sometimes unbelievable More

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Memories of Mark Twain

In 1900, a Post reporter hunted up the old schoolmates of Mark Twain who recalled their adventures with the young author. More

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The Fight for Women Doctors

Though the first woman in the U.S. to earn a medical degree graduated in 1849, it would take more than a century for “doctor” to More

Who Was Carry Nation?

Journalist William Allen White wrote an editorial in 1901 defending the woman who aimed to put an end to alcohol abuse while wielding an ax. More

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Jack Alexander introduced Alcoholics Anonymous to a national stage when this article was published on March 1, 1941. More

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How to Police the Police

In response to 1964 Harlem riots, John Lindsay, then mayor of New York, proposed a civilian board that would review complaints against the city’s police. More

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Memoirs of a Monster

In 1962 the world’s most famous bogeyman, Boris Karloff, looked back at his 30-year career in horror. More

Happy Birthday, Jeeves

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest literary duos in Western literature: P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster. More

A Captured General Goes Free

How General Wainwright, WWII American hero held in Japanese POW camp, ended up on the USS Missouri to witness Japan’s surrender.  More

How to Become a Great Writer

When published in 1939, Alva Johnston suggested that there was perhaps no greater literary creation within the 20th century than Tarzan, brought to life by More

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