Literature

When Gary Shteyngart became a professor of writing at Columbia in 2007, he finally fulfilled his immigrant parents’ Ivy League dreams.

Sholem Aleichem

When the writer Sholem Alecheim died in 1916, his funeral was one of the largest public gatherings ever seen in New York City. As many as 200,000 people lined the streets of the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens to watch his funeral cortege pass by.

(Editor's note: This article was originally published September 22, 2011.

Columbia Global Center Europe kicks off its first-ever Festival des Écrivains du Monde—World Writers' Festival—this weekend, bringing more than 30 renowned writers from a host of countries to give talks and read from their works at venues in central Paris.

A tweet quoting Gareth Williams, Violin Family Professor of Classics and chair of Lit Hum.

Thucydides and Twitter are not an obvious pair. Classic authors and digital technology nevertheless clicked at an April celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the undergraduate Core Curriculum course, Literature Humanities.

If you could take only one volume to a desert island, Columbia Law School Professor Robert A. Ferguson’s new book might be the one.

Colm Tóibín’s new play about the Virgin Mary is headed to Broadway. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Irish author Colm Tóibín is known for his novels and short stories narrated from the perspective of women and mothers.

Now the professor of English and comparative literature has taken on the mother of all mothers in his latest work, a play about the Virgin Mary.

Orhan Pamuk delivered this fall's University Lecture. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

With his 2008 work "The Museum of Innocence" Orhan Pamuk combined his love of fine arts and literature by building an actual museum that brings the obsessive love portrayed in the novel into the real world.

Professor Cathy Popkin discovered Russian literature in the 1970s. Bored with her data entry job, she went shopping for books—the fatter the better—to keep herself entertained at work. What she found was Dostoevsky.

As an intern in Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML), Jean-Christophe Cloutier was used to the silence.

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