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9 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Introductory Note: Homer
Introductory note on Homer (Volume 22, Harvard Classics)
21 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
The Odyssey (Book IX), by Homer
Odysseus was wrecked with his men on an island inhabited by one-eyed giants. Trapped in the cave of a giant who gobbled up some of the crew for supper, the cunning Odysseus blinded the giant and rescued the survivors of his crew. (Volume 22, Harvard Classics)
11 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Poems, by Robert Burns
The songs of Burns are the links, the watchwords, the symbols of the Scots. He is the last of the ballad singers. In his works are preserved the best songs of his people. (Volume 6, Harvard Classics) Robert Burns died July 21, 1796.
23 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
The Pilgrim’s Progress (Ch. 3-4), by John Bunyan
John Bunyan, imprisoned for preaching without a license, gave to the world "Pilgrim's Progress," the greatest allegory in any language, second only to the Bible. (Volume 15, Harvard Classics)
2 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Introductory Note: Sir Walter Raleigh
Introductory note on Sir Walter Raleigh (Volume 33, Harvard Classics)
20 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
The Discovery of Guiana, by Sir Walter Raleigh
The famous gallant who spread his gorgeous cloak so the dainty slipper of his queen would be unspotted, soon lost the high favor this action won for him. In spite of his glorious voyages, Raleigh condemned himself when he fell in love with another woman. (Volume 33, Harvard Classics) Sir WaIter Raleigh imprisoned July 19, 1603.
2 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Introductory Note: Robert Browning
Introductory note on Robert Browning (Volume 18, Harvard Classics)
17 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
A Blot in the ’Scutcheon (Act I), by Robert Browning
"Browning's play has thrown me into a perfect passion of sorrow," wrote Charles Dickens of "The Blot in the 'Scutcheon." Like Shakespeare's Juliet, Browning's Mildred plays the role of a youthful lover in a tragic drama. (Volume 18, Harvard Classics)
3 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
Introductory Note: Jean Racine
Introductory note on Jean Racine (Volume 26, Harvard Classics)
21 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
Phædra (Act I), by Jean Racine
Phædre first persecuted Hippolytus, her handsome stepson, then loved him. Suddenly he and her own son became rivals for the throne. Should she push her son's claims or let Hippolytus take the crown? (Volume 26, Harvard Classics) Racine elected to French Academy, July 17, 1673.
2 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
Introductory Note: Mohammed
Introductory note on Mohammed (Volume 45, Harvard Classics)
13 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
The Koran (The Chapter of Mary)
The sacred book of the Moslems, the Koran, gives an account of the birth of Christ. The Koran gives Jesus a high position among the prophets but holds the first place for Mohammed. (Volume 45, Harvard Classics) Beginning of Moslem era of time, July 16, 622 A. D.
2 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Introductory Note: William Harrison
Introductory note on William Harrison (Volume 35, Harvard Classics)
35 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Holinshed’s Chronicles (Chapter VI: Of the Food and Diet of the English)
Meals in the houses of the gentry and noblemen in Elizabethan England were taken most seriously. No one spoke. Holinshed records the strange table etiquette of our ancestors. (Volume 35, Harvard Classics) Queen Elizabeth entertained at Kenilworth, July 15, 1575.
2 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Introductory Note: Edmund Burke (#2)
Introductory note on Edmund Burke (#2) (Volume 24, Harvard Classics)
14 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Reflections on the French Revolution (Section 13), by Edmund Burke
What the Fourth of July is to Americans, the Fourteenth of July is to Frenchmen. It commemorates an oppressive tyranny overthrown by a freedom-loving people. (Volume 24, Harvard Classics) The Bastille surrendered, July 14, 1789.
4 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Introductory Note: Plutarch
Introductory note on Plutarch (Volume 12, Harvard Classics)
21 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans (Pericles), by Plutarch
Pericles used public money to beautify Athens. The citizens protested against the expense, as citizens in all ages do. By a clever stroke Pericles won their support to his ambitious plans. (Volume 12, Harvard Classics)
2 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Introductory Note: Henry David Thoreau
Introductory note on Henry David Thoreau (Volume 28, Harvard Classics)
30 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Walking, by Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's individuality was unique and original. He had no profession; he never married; he never went to church; he never voted or paid taxes; he never smoked; he never drank wine. His amusement was walking, to observe and meditate. (Volume 28, Harvard Classics) Henry David Thoreau born July 12, 1817.
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