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Resources for Introduction to Literature: English 1.

“The Ransom of Red Chief” Dramatized

“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 the video below, Shep O’Neal does a fine dramatic reading of … 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 Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) wrote some of the most brilliant satire in the English language, including his masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels. In his 1946 article, “Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver’s Travels,” George Orwell wrote, “If I had to … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swift Biography

Jonathan Swift: A Brief Biography Swift 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 … Continue reading

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George Bernard Shaw Resources

George Bernard Shaw Resources George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was a prolific writer who worked as an art, music, and theater critic. He found his calling writing popular plays, including Pygmalion and Saint Joan. In addition, he actively participated in politics as … 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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Charlotte Brontë Biography

The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell “Hand in hand they used to make their way to the glorious moors, which in after days they loved so passionately.” The Children Who Never Played Girlhood of Charlotte Brontë Teaching and … Continue reading

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Treasure Island Film Trailer

Treasure Island, an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, tells a tale of pirates and buried treasure. It is traditionally considered a coming-of-age story and is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. Treasure Island trailer from the … Continue reading

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