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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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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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Fitzgerald Collection at USC

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Collection at the University of South Carolina A fascinating F. Scott Fitzgerald Collection of documents has been made available online. According to the library’s description, “This F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary website was launched in 1996, the 100th anniversary of … Continue reading

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James Fenimore Cooper Resources

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) Cooper is considered the first fully American novelist – someone who achieved literary success writing about American issues, characters, and settings. He was influenced in his writing by the adventure novels of Sir Walter Scott and succeeded … 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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How to Write a Compare-Contrast Essay

What is a compare-contrast essay? Many essay prompts require a comparison or contrast between two elements (e.g., two characters in a story, two different political theories, two different religious doctrines or scientific explanations, two different historical events, and so forth). Comparison … Continue reading

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Overview – Outline of American Literature

Outline of American Literature by Katheryn VanSpanckeren American Literature (EIL3) references these chapters from the Outline of American Literature, a public-domain resource published by the U.S. State Department. Chapter 2: Democratic Origins and Revolutionary Writers, 1776-1820 Chapter 4: The Romantic … Continue reading

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Poetry by Mark Twain

Mark Twain Poetry Although Mark Twain was best known for being a satirically humorous creative author, he also wrote a few poems, and we have referenced these six in American Literature (EIL3) and/or  Introduction to Literature (EIL1). “A Sweltering Day … Continue reading

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Poetry by Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman Poetry “A Noiseless Patient Spider” “I Hear America Singing” “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” “O Captain! My Captain!” “Hush’d Be the Camps Today” “To a Locomotive in Winter” Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, … Continue reading

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Poetry by Emily Dickinson

Poems by Emily Dickinson Here is an index to the pages for the Emily Dickinson poems referenced in American Literature (EIL3), plus a few additional favorites. “The Soul selects her own Society” “There is no frigate like a book” “I’m … Continue reading

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