Eve Houghton
Contributing Reporter
Author Archive
The Mysterious MS 408

In 1665, the German physician Johannes Marcus Marci wrote to a famous Jesuit cryptologist, Athanasius Kircher, to request his help in deciphering a very peculiar […]

Left on the margins

On the second floor of the glass book tower in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, there are two unremarkable-looking volumes of Shakespeare’s works. […]


    In 1535, Sir Thomas More — lawyer, politician, and noted Renaissance humanist — was writing a book.  He was planning to call it […]

Wheels of Change

They say that when Gov. Oliver Wolcott Jr. officially broke ground on the Farmington Canal in 1825, the spade broke. An ill omen, the newspapers […]