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Herman Melville Biography

Melville’s Early Life Herman Melville (1819–1891), American author, was born in New York City on the 1st of August 1819, the son of a commission merchant and importer of French dry goods who lived more extravagantly than his pocketbook permitted … Continue reading

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Henry James Biography

Early life Henry James (1843–1916⁠), American author, was born in New York on the 15th of April 1843. His father was Henry James (1811–1882), a theological writer of great originality, from whom both he and his brother, Professor William James, … 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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A Resign by Bill Nye

This tongue-in-cheek letter of resignation was written by humorist Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye, and appeared in Bill Nye’s Red Book in 1906. A RESIGN. |Postoffice Divan, Laramie City, W. T., Oct. 1, 1883. To the President of the United States: Sir—I … Continue reading

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The Village Blacksmith by Longfellow

THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Under a spreading chestnut-tree The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms Are strong as iron bands. His … Continue reading

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Mark Twain Resources Index

Resources for Mark Twain (1835-1910) With his luxuriant mustache and insouciant air, Mark Twain looked just like what he was — a satirically humorous creative author. Learn more about Mark Twain through these resources: Prose Writings by Mark Twain (includes his … 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 Other resources   Irving’s family Washington Irving … Continue reading

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Herman Melville Resources

Herman Melville (1819–1891) led a remarkably interesting life and his stories of the sea are colored by his personal experiences. He is most famous for his masterpiece, Moby Dick. Herman Melville biography You may also enjoy reading some of his … Continue reading

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