10 M4 - How Do Authors Convey and Develop Central Ideas?

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Around the World in 80 Days

This travel adventure novel by Jules Verne was published serially in 1872 and in book form in 1873 The lively and amusing narrative recounts the journey pursued by a sedentary London gentleman named Phileas Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, to win a wager with Fogg's fellow club members....

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Death of a Pig

Article by E.B. White, the author of Charlotte's Web published in The Atlantic in January 1948.



Following a London West End run in December 2007 and a sold-out limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2008, Shakespeare's "Scottish play" went on to enthrall Broadway audiences yet again with a gripping production starring Sir Patrick Stewart in a...


Renaissance Art, Music & Literature

Explores the newly discovered uses of realism, mathematics, and perspective in art; the introduction of new musical instruments and changes in musical style; and how literature flourished thanks to the innovation of the printing press. Explores Leonardo, Machiavelli, and Shakespeare, whose...


Robinson Crusoe

Based loosely on the true story of the real-life sailor Alexander Selkirk, Defoe's classic tale of human strength and survival in the face of a hostile and lonely world can be understood on many different levels. Defoe is a figure for all times, either alone as he is literally stripped bare to...


Tarzan of the Apes

First published in 1914, this romantic novel has remained influential over the years, both as a book and in films and a television series. The reader must recognize that Tarzan is a product of its age and contains outmoded imagery and simplistic depictions of other cultures and species:...


The Time Machine

The Time Machine was published in 1895 and quickly established Wells not only as an able writer, but a thinker of unusual ideas. Wells is perhaps the original writer of science fiction (alongside Jules Verne) and this novel is characteristic of his use of technology, imagination, and clever...


Throne of Blood

The greatest screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth is arguably Akira Kurosawa's visceral Throne of Blood (Kumonosu jô), starring Toshiro Mifune and Isuzu Yamada as the ambitious warrior and ruthless wife who try to murder their way to power and glory. Featuring some of the...

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