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Today in History: Robert Louis Stevenson Sets Sail for the South Seas 

I should like to rise and go Where the golden apples grow;- Where below another sky Parrot islands anchored lost, And, watched by cockatoos and goats, Lonely Crusoes building boats.. -- Robert Louis Stevenson, "Travel" A Child's Garden of Verses       High seas, adventure, pirates, desert islands come to mind, but so do …

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The Sly Company of People Who Care 

Title: The Sly Company of People Who Care Author: Rahul¬†Bhattacharya Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2011) Call Number: PR9499.4.B537 S59 2011 From the Publisher: In flight from the tame familiarity of home in Bombay, a twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. …

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This Just (checked) In: Rotten English 

Rotten English: A Literary Anthology Edited by Dohra Ahmad Norton, 2007 PR1109.A44 2007 While sorting through just-returned books and preparing them to go back on the shelves, I happened upon Rotten English, which caught my eye with its arresting title and bold red and blue painted script. ¬†Rotten English is an anthology of literary works …

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A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter 

Title: A Jane Austen education : how six novels taught me about love, friendship, and the things that really matter Author: William Deresiewicz Publisher: Penguin Press Call Number: PR4037 .D47 2011 From the Publisher: In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden …

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Ishmael’s Call 

I just barely escaped reading Moby-Dick in college. My American literature class, part of the reading-heavy curriculum meant to introduce the English majors to the big guys of lit, ran a bit long and we didn't have time for old Melville's watery masterpiece. I admit I rejoiced in this; in my years on the prose …

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Nonsense Poetry: Edward Lear’s contribution to Historical Children’s Literature 

Nonsense Poetry This post, intended to delight and entertain, will focus on nonsense poetry, mostly the limericks of Edward Lear. Lear was a British poet well known for his humorous poems, such as The Owl and the Pussycat, and as the creator of the form and meter of the modern limerick. Nonsense poetry is a …

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Learning by Teaching 

Background Megan Miller is an accomplished opera singer who was introduced to opera by a teacher when she was in high school. She studied at The Juilliard School and has taught opera for the past nine years. Teaching with the Video Megan stresses the importance of teaching in her development as an opera singer. What …

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