Hadley Meares is a historical journalist based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in outlets including Aeon, LA Weekly, LA Magazine, Curbed LA, LAist, and Atlas Obscura. She is also a historical tour guide in Los Angeles. You can find her recent work and upcoming appearances at hadleymeares.com.
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Helen Keller and Mark Twain Had an Unlikely Friendship That Spanned More Than a Decade
While they were over 40 years apart in age, the writer and activist sought comfort, humor and companionship in each other.
Did William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I Ever Meet?
While the monarch was a big fan of the playwright, for centuries people have questioned if the pair ever came face to face.
Why is William Shakespeare’s Life Considered a Mystery?
Secretive in both life and death, the playwright has remained an elusive figure.
Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I Never Actually Met
Despite tales of the royal cousins' tense encounter, their meet-up is nothing more than a lie.