Marc Fumaroli, Defender of French Culture, Is Dead at 88

PARIS — Marc Fumaroli, a leading French historian, public intellectual and defender of the French language and culture against American influence and what he called “globish English,” died on June…

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8 Picture Books That Let Young Minds Wonder and Wander on Their Own

I DREAM OF A JOURNEY Written and illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi. A plaque, next to rows of glimmering keys, reads “Solitude Hotel.” It is late in the grainy black-and-white night,…

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Rudolfo Anaya, a Father of Chicano Literature, Dies at 82

His mother, Rafaelita Máres Anaya, came from a family of farmers; his father, Martín, came from a family of vaqueros, who herded cattle and sheep around the Llano Estacado, the…

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What Is the Status of Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful Wall’?

Some of the people Gibson encounters view the border as the first line of defense against those who will degrade our country. For others, like a Haitian asylum seeker, the…

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Feminists, Poetic Pretensions and Other Letters to the Editor

Groundbreaking To the Editor: Claire Messud’s May 31 review of Maggie Doherty’s “The Equivalents” made me eager to read about the origins of the Bunting Institute and the amazing women…

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New in Paperback: ‘The Yellow House’ and ‘Night Boat to Tangier’

THE NEED, by Helen Phillips. (Simon & Schuster, 272 pp., $17.) With “forensic precision” and “nods to both sci-fi and horror” — according to our reviewer, Harriet Lane — this…

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