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

July 6, 2015

June 30, 2015

Forged Lives

By Mary Wellesley

As J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene uncovered the Victorian forger who flooded the market with fake medieval art.

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June 16, 2015

All That Glitters

By Miles Klee

During the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, “Soapy” Smith made a fortune taking advantage of would-be millionaires. A hundred years later, the aspirational rich are still the easiest targets.

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July 01, 2015

Paternal Affairs


In Italy, a father sues his sons for support. 


Michelangelo begs his father to see reason.

June 23, 2015

A Much-Hated Flag


A debate over the Confederate flag at the South Carolina capitol. 


Figuring out the flag in the first place.