The Twain Legacy - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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Classroom Classics II
Part of the Series: Classroom Classics Collection
Identify major literary themes and see how characters and plots are developed. Program features dramatic clips from these popular classics: Lord of the Flies by William Golding & The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn And The Mississippi: A Commentary
Give students background information about Mark Twain and his work in this interview with noted scholar Lee chlesinger, Associate Professor of Literature at the State University of New York at Purchase. The program focuses on the deeper implications of Huckleberry Finn and makes an ideal introduction to the book.
Mark Twain Finds His Voice: 88 Days in the Mother Lode
In the winter of 1864/65, a young Samuel Clemens spent 88 days in the Sierra Nevada Mother Lode country of California hiding out from the San Francisco police. He lived in a small log cabin with several gold miners, and while it was too rainy to do any real mining,…
The Rise of American Language Standards
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In the 1800s, America began looking inward, not to England, for its language standards. The new norms were recorded in dictionaries, spelling books, and grammars, and celebrated in a profusion of distinctly American literary works. Noah Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain are all key figures in…
Wagner and Twain—King Arthur in the Late 1800s
In his two overtly Arthurian operas, observe how Richard Wagner adapted and modified the Arthurian legend to dramatize social and religious ideals, linking these ideals with Germany itself. On our own shores, grasp how Mark Twain satirized the saga in Connecticut Yankee, critiquing both European aristocracy and American society.
The Hawthorne Legacy - The Scarlet Letter
Part of the Series: Masters of American Literature
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Hawthorne Legacy completes an overview of Nathaniel Hawthorne's life (1804-1864) and selected works published in nineteenth century American literature. Amongst his many novels, The Scarlet Letter which still reflects the moral and ethical dilemmas men and women face today, is explored in depth. This program is…
The Melville Legacy - Moby Dick
Part of the Series: Masters of American Literature
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Melville Legacy explores the life and works of Herman Melville (1819-1891), one of America's most renowned 19th century authors. In his novels, Typee, Omoo, and Moby Dick, Melville demonstrates his mastery of the epic sea story, the latter considered by many to be the preeminent American…
Classroom Classics Collection
This collection goes into identifying major literary themes and seeing how characters and plots are developed. The collection features dramatic clips from popular classics by Anne Frank, William Golding, Mark Twain, Harper Lee, and more.
Tales Of The San Joaquin: A River Restored
Revised and expanded. Based on the original film that helped save California's San Joaquin River (Tales of the San Joaquin: A River Journey). With new chapters and scenes of the restored river. For sixty years, parts of the 350-mile San Joaquin River have been turned into a perpetual desert by…
James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times - A Great American Humoristst
James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times is the first major documentary on the life and work of one of America's greatest humorists. Known for his classic short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Thurber was a legendary contributor of prose and cartoons to The New Yorker magazine where…
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
Hadleyburg has a reputation for unshakable honesty. The smug towns-people are proud of this virtue and keep themselves honest by simply avoiding temptation. That is until The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg arrives in town. Robert Preston stars as the stranger who plots a revenge on the hypocritical residents by promising…
Puddin' Head Wilson
America's magnificent storyteller, Mark Twain, has crafted an intriguing and classic tale of mistaken identity, deceit and murder. Here a slave woman cradle-switches her master's son with her own light-skinned baby, however, even though raised as a white man, he never fulfills her hopes and dreams for him as he…