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Was an English Poet and Playwright who was raised on and lived at Stratford-upon-avon, England, married to Anne Hathaway, and part owner of the playing company Lord Chamberlain's Men.
He is known for:
His tragedies: "King Lear", "Hamlet", and "Macbeth"
His poems and sonnets
His comedies: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Twelfth Night," "The Merchant of Venice"
His "Globe" Theater
The Cry of the Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Go out children, from the mine and from the city,
Sing out, children, as the little thrushes do;
Pluck your handfuls of the meadow-cow-slips pretty,
Laugh aloud, to feel your fingers let them through!" -quote courtesy of: http://www.bartleby.com/246/260.html
Marshalsea Prison closes
Marshalsea Prison, where Amy Dorrit, the main character of Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, is born closes in 1842. In the book, Amy's father is a man who was once affluent but goes so far into debt that he and his entire family are taken here. The story chronicles sweet, tender-hearted,and loyal Amy as her family strives to make a better life with the help of good friend, Mr. Arthur Clennam, whose family has secrets of their own.
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
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"But to these words I hearkened in vain for a reply. I grew impatient. I called aloud -No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells."
Robert Browning marries Elizabeth Barrett (Browning) and they run away to Italy
You can watch the three part mini-series by following the link
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I would never have experienced this beautiful and touching story about a young girl who makes the most of her life if it had not been featured in a PBS Masterpiece Classic MiniSeries. Next time you have a few hours, you should watch it!
American Civil War
If you enjoy reading about the civil war, you might enjoy this book:
The Flags of War by John Wilson
The south secedes in the spring of 1861, and not long after, the president declares war. Families, friends, and communities are torn apart by the bloodiest and costliest war in American History.
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; Russia, Germany, France, and the United States each eventually follow suit and pick sides.
Thinking about History:
What was the inciting incident?
Who were the major powers on both sides?
What caused America to enter the war?
What year did it end?
Follow the link to check your answers:
World War I facts
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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I am sure a lot of you reading this have seen the Brad Pitt movie, "TheCurious Case of Benjamin Button." Did you know it was a book first? That was written by the author of "TheGreat Gatsby?"
Twenty-six civil rights protesters and bystanders were shot by British soldiers. This massacre occurred in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland and has become a painful event in the history of Ireland's struggles with British leadership. Seamus Heaney wrote his poem "The Road to Derry" about his feelings on the matter while en route to the funeral of some of the victims.
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