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Allusions in Literature, Unit 1

Warm-up: An allusion is a reference to well-known work, person, or event.  Many of the allusions you encounter in literature reference either Christian or Greek mythology or William Shakespeare, whose work provides the source for many modern allusions. 1,797 more words


'Powder' by Tobias Wolff

Powder by Tobias Wolff, 1992

The magic trick:

Reversing the standard father-son roles throughout the story before reversing them again by story’s end

The worst thing a father can do is, through his own childish actions, force his child into the role of the adult. 285 more words


A Confederacy of Dunces, and Toole's Likely Struggles with Gay Identity

Today is the birthday of John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces. I rummaged through Word to find something I had written several years ago. 2,323 more words

Essays And Anecdotes

Penguin Book-a-Day

Hello! I have been super busy with interviews, end-of-term celebrations and catching up on some much needed sleep, and so have not been updating my Penguin Book-a-Day challenge on this blog. 415 more words

English Literature

[708] Main Street - Sinclair Lewis

” The days of pioneering, of lassies in sunbonnets, and bears killed with axes in piney clearings, are deader now than Camelot, and a rebellious girl is the spirit of that bewildered empire called the American Middlewest. 396 more words


Little House on The Prairie, Ch. 18: The Tall Indian


A tall Indian comes to the house, and Jack gets himself into a precarious situation.

This book was the basis for the popular television show by the same name. 119 more words

Laura Ingalls Wilder