Blogs tagged "american literature"

The Headless Horseman rides again!

The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane
"What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!”Read More »

Travel “A Worn Path” with Eudora Welty for the Classroom

Sunken part of the Old Trace, Natchez, Mississippi
“One place understood helps us understand all places better”?—Eudora WeltyRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

A Whale of a Reading!

http://www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/moby-dick-marathonPursuing Melville: “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat”"I have swam through libraries and sailed through oceans."Read More »

Opening “The Gift of the Magi” for the Classroom

The Magi (detail) c. 526. Ravenna, San Apollinare Nuovo
“… Magi, his most famous story, is the American answer to A Christmas Carol, only supplanted in the last generation by It’s A Wonderful Life, a film whose debt to O. Henry is apparent.”—Drew Johnson, “O. Henry’s Afterlife: Thoughts and Ephemera”Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Interview with Amy and Leon Kass

What is the American Calendar project? Why this project? Why should teachers teach about American civic holidays?The American Calendar project is a series of nine e-anthologies—one for each national holiday—whose stories, speeches, songs, poems, letters, and essays help us think about the meaning of each holiday.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings