British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in NYC

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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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  • Dramatic and Theatrical Aspects in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created November 13, 2013
    Unitarian church

    This lesson provides a study of the dramatic and theatrical aspects of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, an exemplar for CCSS grade 11 – CCR.

    Novelist and critic Virginia Woolf drowns herself at age 59

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    President Barack Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts

    Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter's Day

    The cornerstone of the inaugural ceremony is the inaugural address. Each president attempts to outline in the course he hopes to follow over the coming years in just a few short pages.

    1935 drawing of Steinbeck by James Fitzgerald. National Portrait Gallery.

    John Steinbeck: A Voice for a Region, A Voice for America

    This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers held at the Steinbeck Institute, San Jose State University, contains a rich collection of scholarly essays, lesson plans, maps, and images covering Steinbeck's work and his world.

    Household Genius wearing a toga

    Pompeii and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

    Use this feature to understand the lives of people in Southern Italy before, during, and after the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, as well as learn how it inspired Neoclassicism.

    William Golding, English author, born

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    George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” published

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    August 17, 1945