Category Archives: Excellence in Literature: The Curriculum

Why Read The Odyssey?

A Letter to Students  Why We Read The Odyssey Tuesday, March 9, 2010 By Deborah Stokol I’ve been full-time substitute teaching English at Harvard-Westlake, my Alma mater, for six weeks now, lecturing on The Odyssey and covering Creative Writing. A … Continue reading

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Sarah Orne Jewett Biography

Sarah Orne Jewett Sarah Orne Jewett (1840-1909) was an American author born in South Berwick, Maine, on the 3rd of September 1849. She was a daughter of the physician Theodore H. Jewett (1815-1878), by whom she was greatly influenced, and … Continue reading

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Washington Irving Timeline

Washington Irving’s place in history This timeline documents major events and influences on Washington Irving’s life and work. It begins by outlining the events and publications in Irving’s life, then looks at American literature, visual arts, music, architecture, and the history … Continue reading

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow A short story by Washington Irving Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the story of the ill-fated 1790 courtship of Katrina Van Tassel, daughter of a wealthy farmer, by superstitious Yankee schoolmaster Ichabod … Continue reading

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Common Sense by Thomas Paine

COMMON SENSE addressed to the INHABITANTS of AMERICA, On the following interesting SUBJECTS —Of the Origin and Design of Government in general, with concise Remarks on the English Constitution. —Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession —Thoughts on the present State of … Continue reading

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Understanding Emma’s World by Pamela Whalan

Understanding Emma’s World by Pamela Whalan Difficulties for modern readers Timeless Human Nature Good Breeding: A Marriage Consideration Wealth through Marriage: Dowries Work for Single Women Marriage as a Business Deal Men Earning Money: Law, Army, & Church Privileges of … Continue reading

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Emma: A Play by Pamela Whalan

Emma: A Play by Pamela Whalan Sometimes, acting out a section of the novel can help you understand the text. We’re delighted that Pamela Whalan has given us a sneak peek at Emma: A Play before its official publication, so … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice: A Play by Pamela Whalan

Pride and Prejudice: A Play by Pamela Whalan Enjoy an excerpt from Pride and Prejudice: A Play, by Pamela Whalan, who has adaptated Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice for the stage. Sometimes acting out a section of the novel can … Continue reading

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Social Background of Pride and Prejudice by Pamela Whalan

The Social Background of Pride and Prejudice by Pamela Whalan Matrimony and Finances: Women’s Options, Marriage Settlements, and Family Obligations Cost of Living: Travel and Clothing Earning Money: Property, Military, Law, and Church Work and Leisure Time: Business, Parliament, The … Continue reading

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Of Education by John Milton

Of Education by John Milton Of Education was published anonymously as a tract in 1644. It represents John Milton’s views “concerning the best and noblest way of education.” Milton believed that education was to “fit a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all … Continue reading

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