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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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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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Situational Irony: An Example

Situational irony is a form of humor that focuses on a contrast between expectation and reality. In these excerpts from Around the World in Eighty Days, you will see how Jules Verne has used character descriptions to set up expectations … 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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Jane Eyre trailer

Jane Eyre, a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, was published in 1847, and has several times been adapted for the screen. It traces the tumultuous life of heroine Jane Eyre from childhood to adulthood, telling the story of her … Continue reading

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Trailer for Around the World in 80 Days 1956 film

Here’s a trailer for the 1956 film of Around the World in 80 Days, inspired by the book by Jules Verne. (Yes, the video begins by showing a modern rocket–keep watching! This is the correct trailer for this film.) Other … Continue reading

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Level 1 Resource Updates

Introduction to Literature Updates Due to the ever-changing nature of the Internet, online resources often move unexpectedly to new addresses. Here are the most recent updates for Level 1: Introduction to Literature. Module 1 (E1.1) Focus Texts: A Worn Path … Continue reading

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