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.

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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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Octavio Paz Lozano, Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, born

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John Newton, slave ship captain turned preacher and author of “Amazing Grace,” born

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English classical scholar and poet A. E. Housman born

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Wycliffite version of Bible, c. 1415-30, Bodlein Library

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

The words of the King James Bible ring out today in books, poems, popular songs, speeches, and sermons. Visit the rich array of resources for yourself and your classroom and experience the history of one of the most widely read book in the English language.

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Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives aims to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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