Category Archives: E1-Resources

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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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Solitude An Ode by Alexander Pope

Solitude: An Ode by Alexander Pope     I How happy he, who free from care The rage of courts, and noise of towns; Contented breaths his native air, In his own grounds. II Whose herds with milk, whose fields … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swift Resources

Jonathan Swift Resources Here is a list of the Jonathan Swift resources available on our site. Jonathan Swift Biography: http://excellence-in-literature.com/intro-to-lit/e1-resources/jonathan-swift-biography “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift: http://excellence-in-literature.com/intro-to-lit/e1-resources/a-modest-proposal-by-jonathan-swift Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D. by Jonathan Swift: http://excellence-in-literature.com/intro-to-lit/e1-resources/verses-on-the-death-of-dr-swift-d-s-p-d Fortunate … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swift Biography

Jonathan Swift: A Brief Biography by David Cody, Associate Professor of English, Hartwick College Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667 in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Protestant Anglo-Irish parents: his ancestors had been Royalists, and all his life … Continue reading

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George Bernard Shaw Resources

George Bernard Shaw Resources Here’s a list of the George Bernard Shaw materials available on our site. “How to Write a Popular Play” by George Bernard Shaw http://excellence-in-literature.com/intro-to-lit/e1-resources/how-to-write-a-popular-play-by-george-bernard-shaw “Shaw and the Don: George Bernard Shaw’s Reception of Mozart’s Don Giovanni” … Continue reading

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Mark Twain Bio 1911 EB

Mark Twain Biography Family and boyhood Western travels Marriage and other adventures Money troubles End of life Writing style Other resources Family and boyhood The American author Mark Twain, the nom de plume of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), was born … Continue reading

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