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The Short Story
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The Short Story

Thomas Klise

In a good short story, every element in its artistic composition — plot, character, theme, narrative manner, and setting — should contribute to the...

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The Dictionary
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The Dictionary

Thomas Klise

The dictionary is an invaluable resource for every speaker of the English language. By learning to use the dictionary, students gain a firm knowled...

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Survey of English Literature
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Survey of English Literature

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This magnificent five-part series offers a look at the history of English literature from the 1600s to the 20th century. Through colorful photograp...

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Some Elements of Style: An Introduction to Figures of Speech
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Some Elements of Style: An Introduction to Figures of Speech

Thomas Klise

This program defines the important literary devices of simile, metaphor, paradox, symbolism, alliteration, assonance, and onomatopoeia. It also off...

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Paragraphs
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Paragraphs

Thomas Klise

This two-part set is targeted for any student that needs help writing a straight, clean, intelligent paragraph. Sharply rendered with appealing car...

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Opening Up to Poetry: Overcoming Resistance to the Poetic Form
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Opening Up to Poetry: Overcoming Resistance to the Poetic Form

Thomas Klise

Many students feel an initial resistance to poetry that can be difficult to overcome. This unit debunks some popular modern myths about poetry’s “h...

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Hemingway
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Hemingway

Thomas Klise

Nick Adams was the hero of Hemingway’s first work and the prototype of such later Hemingway heroes as Jake Barnes, Frederic Henry, and Harry Morgan...

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Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Thomas Klise

This program provides a touching portrait of Franz Kafka, whose influence on Western literature grows more intense with the passage of time. It off...

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Faulkner
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Faulkner

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There exist many and excellent reasons for calling William Faulkner the greatest American novelist of the 20th century. He approached his material ...

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All About Clauses
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All About Clauses

Thomas Klise

Is a clause independent, or is it subordinate? How do subordinate clauses work in a sentence? How can we identify adjective clauses, adverb clauses...

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The Wonder of Words
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The Wonder of Words

Thomas Klise

This spirited program seeks to instill in students a love of language and a curiosity about the etymology of words they encounter. It examines the ...

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The Hidden Drama of A Poem: Person, Situation, and Tone
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The Hidden Drama of A Poem: Person, Situation, and Tone

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Since the meaning of a poem is often not clear upon first perusal, readers must find clues to discover who is speaking, what is happening, and what...

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The Genius of Shakespeare
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The Genius of Shakespeare

Thomas Klise

Since the dawn of literature, no writer has matched the combination of dramatic genius and popular appeal that we find in William Shakespeare. This...

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Stopping by Woods of Mr. Frost
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Stopping by Woods of Mr. Frost

Thomas Klise

To many, Robert Frost might come across as a lyricist of nature, a 20th century James Russell Lowell. His stubborn traditional form, however, often...

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Steps to Better Writting
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Steps to Better Writting

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This popular and highly effective series offers a clear explanation of the writing process as an exercise in logical and ordered communication. The...

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Steinbeck's Losers
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Steinbeck's Losers

Thomas Klise

The novels of John Steinbeck form an epic to the American loser, and the saga of Steinbeck’s losers is a chronicle of exile and hardship. Out of th...

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Mythology
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Mythology

Thomas Klise

This four-part series uses colorful and captivating artwork to introduce students to the important subject of mythology. The program includes the f...

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Meet Mr. Dickens
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Meet Mr. Dickens

Thomas Klise

In the long story that is English literature there is no one quite like Charles Dickens, and his appeal to readers remains as strong today as it wa...

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Whitman: The American Singer
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Whitman: The American Singer

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Walt Whitman was the first American to take the common experience of man as the very source of high poetry. His masterpiece Leaves of Grass is mor...

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What is Theater?
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What is Theater?

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Theater, as we know it, has existed for approximately 2,500 years. This superb production looks at the early Egyptian “passion plays,” the Dionysia...

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What is Style?
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What is Style?

Thomas Klise

This cartoon-style unit addresses that elusive element known as “style.” Rather than presenting a dry listing of “general principles,” the program ...

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The Punctuation Marks
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The Punctuation Marks

Thomas Klise

For too many students, learning the correct usage and placement of punctuation marks can seem an impossible chore. This popular six-part series tea...

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Shakespeare's Plays
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Shakespeare's Plays

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This program provides a bright and thoughtful analysis of five of Shakespeare’s most important and influential plays: Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo...

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Scott Fitzgerald
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Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Klise

“Show me a hero,” Scott Fitzgerald once said, “and I’ll write you a tragedy.” And while Fitzgerald’s life was as heroic as any he ever created for ...

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Presenting William Shakespeare
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Presenting William Shakespeare

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Four hundred years ago, there lived in England an actor, poet, and playwright named William Shakespeare. This superb two-part set offers a look at ...

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Hamlet
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Hamlet

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a work of drama and movement, full of stalking ghosts and fencing matches, pirate ships and dark castles. Despite this cons...

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George Orwell
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George Orwell

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This presentation of the life and works of George Orwell offers a portrait of a political writer whose major themes are man and his state, surely a...

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