Jane Austen, British author, dies

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William Faulkner, American writer, dies

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Literature of the Civil War

Read and discuss some of the great American writers and their work in the mid-19th century. This feature explores the themes of slavery, the role of women, and the experience of war.

Charles Dickens, born

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John Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” published

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American modernist Gertrude Stein born

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Launchpad: Jack London's "To Build A Fire"

Thinking about the StoryThe Man's Motives and Purpose | Assessing the Man | Thinking with the Story | American Acquisitiveness and Enterprise | Science, Technology, and the Mastery of Nature |

Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes expose of Soviet prison system “Gulag Archipelago”

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American novelist and short story writer, Shirley Jackson, born

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