Born in Sacramento, California on December 5th 1934, American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter Joan Didion created some of the most poignant portraits of American culture throughout the 1960s and 70s. Didion graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956 and immediately began her career as a copywriter for Vogue, her work later appearing in […]
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One of the most awarded American authors of his generation, Philip Roth created some of the most provocative novels exploring American identity through a masterful blending of realism and fiction. Born in Newark, New Jersey on March 19, 1933 Roth attended Bucknell University and later earned a master’s degree in literature from the University of […]
This week we are celebrating the life and work of American journalist and author Thomas Kennedy Wolfe Jr. who recently passed away on May 14th, 2018 at the age of 88. Tom Wolfe was widely associated with the intensely immersive New Journalism style of news writing that emerged in mid 1960s America; he coined the […]
Born on February 27th 1902 in Salinas, California, American author John Steinbeck published sixteen novels throughout his lifetime and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. The rich cultural diversity and migratory history of the Salinas Valley distinctly influenced his work as did his experiences struggling to make ends meet during the Great […]
The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt was a prolific and skilled writer, publishing over 40 books on a range of topics including military history, natural history, conservation, biography, and editorial commentary throughout his lifetime. Known for his vigorous, robustly masculine persona, Roosevelt embraced a strenuous lifestyle and led an adventurous and well-traveled […]
Raptis Rare Books in collaboration with the Palm Beach Book Festival presents an exclusive lecture and book signing event with award-winning journalist, historian and novelist Peter Golden. The author of nine books, Peter Golden has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush (41); Secretaries of State Kissinger, Shultz, and Eagleburger; Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, and […]
Raptis Rare Books is pleased to welcome acclaimed speaker and historian Edwin Lamont as he discusses the intriguing history of Addison Mizner: Exotic Society Architect.
Addison Mizner brought forth the distinctive Mizner style of architecture, interior, and landscape design in Palm Beach. From the mind of Mizner sprung private clubs, oceanfront and lakeside mansions,
and the Worth Avenue […]
Initially proposed by a group of African American educators at Kent State University in February of 1969, Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford as a month of national observance in 1970 during the United States Bicentennial where he urged American citizens to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of […]