Category Archives: Excellence in Literature: The Curriculum

Dickinson and Copland Poems and Music

This musical approach to Emily Dickinson may help you hear her poems anew. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, set to music by Aaron Copland Performed for the recital “For love of earth and sky” by Saira Frank, soprano and Ruben … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar Video

Here’s Julius Caesar, performed on BBC Shakespeare. Enjoy! Details from original Youtube page: The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and produced by BBC Television. It … Continue reading

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Composers in Death Comes for the Archbishop

Among the composers mentioned in Death Comes for the Archbishop are Giuseppe Verdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Stephen Foster. Here are a few works of theirs to enjoy; your library may have other works by these composers. Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco … Continue reading

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Heart of Darkness Opera

Composer Tarik O’Regan has written a chamber opera based on Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness. Here is a video interview in which the composer discusses the process of creating the opera. This clip contains a spoiler, so be sure … Continue reading

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Music the Brontë Sisters May Have Known

As the daughter of an Anglican clergyman, Charlotte Brontë would have been familiar with the church music of the time. This playlist features King’s College Choir, Cambridge, and other choirs performing music that Charlotte and her sisters may have known, as well … Continue reading

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“The White Heron” Audio

“A White Heron,” an 1886 short story by American author Sarah Orne Jewett, features Sylvia, a young girl who comes from a big city to live in the country with her grandmother. As she searches for their cow one evening, she … Continue reading

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“The Ransom of Red Chief” Dramatized

O. Henry is the pseudonym of American author William Sydney Porter, who is best known for his funny, warm, short stories with surprise endings. In this 1952 dramatization, you will see O. Henry at his best. The video features “The Ransom of Red … Continue reading

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The Purloined Letter Dramatized

Although suspenseful music accompanies this 1952 dramatization, “The Purloined Letter” by American author Edgar Allan Poe lacks the element of horror found in most of Poe’s other short stories. Instead, this is one of Poe’s tales of ratiocination or reasoning, … Continue reading

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“The Diamond Necklace” Audio

“The Diamond Necklace” (La Parure) is a short story by French author Guy De Maupassant. It was first published in 1884 in the French newspaper, Le Gaulois, and has become one of De Maupassant’s most popular tales. If you would … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Resources

Edward Lear Resources John Cousin tells us that Edward Lear (1812-1888) was an “artist and miscellaneous author [who was born] in London and settled in Rome as a landscape painter. He was an indefatigable traveller, and wrote accounts, finely illustrated, … Continue reading

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