Category Archives: English 2: Literature and Composition

Henry David Thoreau Biography

Henry David Thoreau Biography by Dr. Ann Woodlief Henry David Thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life, seeing little difference between them. Born in 1817, one of his first … Continue reading

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Bulfinch’s Mythology Tales

Enjoy these tales from Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable, by Thomas Bulfinch. Cupid and Psyche Pygmalion and Galatea Daedalus and Icarus Related Content:Pygmalion and Galatea Legend told by Thomas Bulfinch Legend of Pygmalion and Galatea as told by Thomas … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar Video

Here’s a video of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, performed on BBC Shakespeare. Enjoy! More details about this production: The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina … 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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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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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat written and illustrated by Edward Lear           I. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey, and plenty of money Wrapped up … Continue reading

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John Dryden Biography

John Dryden Biography Family and education Early adult life Prolific playwright Poet Laureate Poetry and politics Religious matters Reversal of fortunes Life overview Sources     Family and education Poet, dramatist, and satirist John Dryden (1631-1700), was born at Aldwincle … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde Resources

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an immensely gifted writer who produced a large variety of work ranging from humorous to tragic; he had the capacity to be ridiculous (The Importance of Being Earnest) as well as deadly serious (De Profundis). Here … Continue reading

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Walden Pond photos

Enjoy these images of the Walden Pond that inspired Thoreau.   Related Content:Walden Pond Video Here is a brief video of Walden Pond with narration…Henry David Thoreau Biography Henry David Thoreau Biography by Dr. Ann Woodlief Henry David…Literature and Composition … Continue reading

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