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CHICAGO - Soon after Saul Bellow returned to his hometown in 1962 and joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, he started donating his papers to the school library. One of the most celebrated novelists of the postwar years, credited with returning a brash vitality to the American novel at midcentury, his arrival on campus was front-page news. So much so that nearly 60 years later, the ...

MINNEAPOLIS - Duchess Harris is on sabbatical. But that doesn't mean she's taking a break. The last time the Macalester College American Studies professor took leave from the classroom, she unearthed documents in NASA's archives showing her grandmother's role as one of the "hidden human computers" working at Langley Research Center. This time around, Harris is working on a series of books to ...

Claire Hartfield's new book, "A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919" (Clarion Books) begins with a line from the Carl Sandburg poem "I Am the People, the Mob": "Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red drops for history to remember. Then - I forget." Hartfield, an education consultant, attorney and Hyde Park native, doesn't want the world to forget the story her ...