Literature

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.

First Tony award for Best Book (Musical), 1949. (Image credit: Sam and Bella Spewack Papers, Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Don’t be fooled by the name. Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library has thousands of objects in its collection that are neither books nor manuscripts.

Professor Amy Benson, a co-founder of "First Person Plural," speaks at the Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem.

Amy Benson, a writer and faculty member at the School of the Arts, was tired of always going to downtown Manhattan for literary events.

Jamal Joseph’s life has all the makings of a great book. A Black Panther at only 15, he was in jail at 16 and later served time in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., where he got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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