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Capital in the Eighteenth Century

If Piketty had turned to literary writing before Austen, he would have found a world teeming with the world-creating energies of overseas trade that economic historians take very seriously.

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Future by Numbers

To speak of the imperfection and incompleteness of numerical data is, for Piketty, a way of speaking about the work of the economist.

Graveyard image.  Final page, Frances Ellen Watkins, Forest Leaves (Baltimore, c. 1849). Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society [MP3.H294F].

Presentiments

Forest Leaves helps us locate the young poet in time and space, but the retrospective addition of these poems to Harper’s corpus unsettles the literary order in interesting and jarring ways.

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