Opinions and analysis from Lapham’s Quarterly writers and editors.

May 27, 2015

April 16, 2015

The Nun’s Story

By Sarah Laskow

In August 1835, Isabella Mills received a strange visit at her home in Montreal. A man whom she had never seen before but who was “decently dressed,” as she’d report later, told her that he had come to the city with her daughter and her daughter’s five-week-old baby. The stranger also told her something that surprised her even more than the news that she had become a grandmother: her daughter Maria, who had not yet turned twenty, had “been in a nunnery”—and she had been very badly treated there.

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May 14, 2015

The Song of Youth


An eleven-year-old jazz prodigy hits New York. 


A young Mozart sees what Italy has to offer. 

May 12, 2015

Go West, Mr. President


Barack Obama becomes the fourth president to visit all 50 states. 


President Rutherford B. Hayes makes a belated trip to California.