Category Archives: English 3: American Literature

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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Washington Irving Biography

Washington Irving Biography Irving’s family Boyhood European travels Rising fame Love and poverty Tragedy, memorialized Literature as a profession Home at Sunnyside Minister to Spain Personal appearance and character End of life Sources     Irving’s family Washington Irving was … Continue reading

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Bio 1911 EB

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Biography Family and boyhood Early career and travels A Harvard professor Evangeline Other important works Struck by tragedy Writing until the end Description of the man Longfellow’s poetry His character Sources Family and boyhood American poet Henry … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin Bio 1911 EB

Benjamin Franklin Biography Family history and education Writing and printing career Helping his fellow man Fight against the Stamp Act Continental Congress Colonial diplomacy in France Making peace Franklin in person Life philosophy Printing accomplishments Franklin as an author Scientific … Continue reading

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James Russell Lowell Bio 1911 EB

James Russell Lowell Biography Family history and childhood Early work and romance Literature, reform, and family life The Biglow Papers Family tragedies Teaching and traveling The Atlantic Monthly Work abroad End of life Overview of writings and influence Resources Family … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Benjamin Franklin is one of the most quoted Americans; his wisdom is timeless. Here are a few to inspire you. “Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, … Continue reading

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Fable for Critics Poe to Lowell

A Fable for Critics [Poe to Lowell] by James Russell Lowell Famous writers featured in this section: Edgar Allan Poe Washington Irving Oliver Wendell Holmes James Russell Lowell (the author of the poem) ‘There comes Poe, with his raven, like … Continue reading

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Fable for Critics Whittier to Cooper

A Fable for Critics [Whittier to Cooper] by James Russell Lowell Famous writers mentioned in this section: John Greenleaf Whittier Richard Henry Dana Jr. (Author of sailing account Two Years Before the Mast) Nathaniel Hawthorne James Fenimore Cooper ‘There is … Continue reading

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Fable for Critics Introduction

A Fable for Critics [Introduction] by James Russell Lowell Phoebus, sitting one day in a laurel-tree’s shade, Was reminded of Daphne, of whom it was made, For the god being one day too warm in his wooing, She took to … Continue reading

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Fable for Critics Emerson to Bryant

A Fable for Critics [Emerson to Bryant] by James Russell Lowell Famous writers mentioned in this section: Ralph Waldo Emerson (Transcendentalist writer) Thomas Carlyle (his French Revolution history inspired Dickens) Bronson Alcott (father of Louisa May Alcott) William Cullen Bryant … Continue reading

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