Boris Pasternak, Russian author of Doctor Zhivago, born

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John Steinbeck, American writer, is born

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Virginia Woolf, British writer, is born

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1949 Nobel Prize winner, American novelist, William Faulkner is born

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Peter Whittemore (left), a descendant of Herman Melville, reads from Moby Dick

A Revival of the American Spirit on the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan!

On the occasion of the Charles W. Morgan’s homecoming to New Bedford, Massachusetts (June 2014), a descendent of Herman Melville, Peter Whittemore, acting as one of the 38th Voyagers, delivers an open letter to the world in the form of a “top-gallant salute.” He draws inspiration from his ancestor’s novel, Moby Dick and reflects upon the 38th Voyage of the Morgan as a wake-up call for 21st-century environmentalism.

Samuel L. Clemens uses the pseudonym Mark Twain for the first time

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  • A “New English” in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”: A Common Core Exemplar

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    "Things Fall Apart": spirit mask

    This new EDSITEment lesson provides a Common Core application for high school students for Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. They will undertake close reading of passages in Things Fall Apart to evaluate the impact of Achebe’s literary techniques.

    "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston published

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    From Pursuit to Preservation: The History of Human Interaction with Whales

    An ongoing exhibit from the New Bedford Whaling Museum which explores the human fascination with whales and the history of whaling in New Bedford from a global context. The audio tour incorporates the stories of whale men as told by Herman Melville and introduces the commercial and scientific themes of the whaling industry.

    Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" published

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