Alan Pell Crawford is the author of Twilight at Monticello and Unwise Passions. A former U.S. Senate speechwriter, congressional press secretary, and magazine editor, he has reviewed books on U.S. history, politics, and culture for the Wall Street Journal since 1993. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Nation, and elsewhere. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Peter Manseau discussed 19th-century spirit photographer William Mumler. Alan Pell Crawford talked about Mark Twain's fascination with the supernatural. Open Lines followed. More »