Saint Gaudens’s Robert Louis Stevenson (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 17)

Knowledge is never wasted except on those too lazy to use it: Augustus Saint Gaudens produced exquisite portrait reliefs throughout his career using skills he learned at age thirteen, as a cameo-cutter. One of Saint Gaudens’s most popular portrait reliefs shows Robert Louis Stevenson, the … Continue reading

Kipling on the Press

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) – poet, short-story writer, and novelist – was also a journalist and editor. When he became famous, his fellow journalists constantly badgered him. His recently rediscovered poem “The Press,” written in 1899, perfectly describes the sort of journalism often … Continue reading