Lewis Carroll, English author, is born

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Jakob Grimm, German collector of fairy tales, is born

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Russian-born science fiction writer Isaac Asimov born

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Halloween (Celtic harvest festival “Samhain”)

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Washington Irving born

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Hans Christian Andersen, fairy tale author, is born

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Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston

American Masters' "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"  offers an introduction to the writer many consider the pre-eminent African American woman novelist of her generation. The American Masters website provides a career timeline, photographs, and additional footage from the film. An important letter from Hurston to the poet Countee Cullen on race relations in America is also included as are links to related websites. 

Engraving of King Arthur in a boat

Camelot!

On May 8, 2008, PBS stations broadcasted a new concert version of the musical about King Arthur and his kingdom Camelot. The EDSITEment lesson "Exploring Arthurian Legend" surveys the stories surrounding Arthur from their beginnings in the oral tradition in Medieval Europe, through the Renaissance and Victorian England, and concludes with T. H. White's modern retelling The Once and Future King, which was the basis of the Lerner and Lowe musical. EDSITEment has other related lesson plans as well.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, appears in serial form

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  • Lessons of the Indian Epics: Following the Dharma

    Bathing in the Ganges, India. A 19th-century photograph.

    The epic poem the Ramayana is thought to have been composed more than 2500 years ago, and like the Iliad and the Odyssey, was originally transmitted orally by bards. This lesson plan is designed to allow instructors to explore Hindu culture by examining the characters of the Ramayana, and the choices they make. Students will be able to explore the Hindu concept of right behavior (dharma) through an investigation of the epic poem, the Ramayana.The epic poem the Ramayana is thought to have been composed more than 2500 years ago, and like the Iliad and the Odyssey, was originally transmitted orally by bards. This lesson plan is designed to allow instructors to explore Hindu culture by examining the characters of the Ramayana, and the choices they make. Students will be able to explore the Hindu concept of right behavior (dharma) through an investigation of the epic poem, the Ramayana.