Blogs tagged "short story"

“The Things They Carried”: Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War Novel Endures

Soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swampy area
Fifty years ago, many young men like Tim O’Brien, author The Things They Carried—published in 1990—were drafted into the army and later served in what was increasingly becoming an unpopular war. Today, in times of a volunteer army, many aspects of the military have changed.Read More »

American Literature Selections

Willa Cather homestead, rural Webster County, Nebraska
“American literature has never been content to be just one among the many literatures of the Western World. It has always aspired to be the literature not only of a new continent but of a New World.” —Christopher DawsonRead More »
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Entering Chekhov’s “Home”: A Short Story Exemplar

Chekhov’s country estate in Melikhovo, Russia, where he wrote many short stories
Chekhov’s stories contain just about every nuance and turn of the modern human heart and soul, offering countless hours of splendid short fiction.—Alan CheuseThe impact of Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) on Western literature cannot be underestimated. A physician who began his literary career writing humorous pieces for popular magazines to support his medical education, Chekhov’s subsequent innovations influenced major short story writers and dramatists such as James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, Sherwood Anderson, Raymond Carver, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller.Read More »
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Back to School with Resources

Student on computer with word clud around him
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. —William Butler Yeats As you prepare to open your classroom this fall discover new ways to ignite your students’ imaginations and critical thinking with two new Back to School features from EDSITEment:Read More »
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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 »
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