Book Story Briefs

The advent and progress of books as they have evolved over time has driven knowledge, economies, beliefs, group identification and pleasure since early times.

Abolitionists who wanted children to understand America's system of chattel slavery wrote books to communicate their message. One example is "A Pictur...

To help provide for his growing family, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol over a period of three weeks in 1843.

In 1780, the momentum of America's war for independence took dramatic turns.

"Annabel Lee" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most-famous poems. Was it autobiographical?

Two gentlemen visit Scrooge's office to ask for a Christmas donation to help the poor. Scrooge refuses.

Zodiac Man and His Relationship to Medicine.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Have a listen as Charles Dickens begins to compare the struggles of late 18th century London an...

Dante Alighieri's Inferno, part of his "Divine Comedy," is a place where Virgil accompanies Dante as they see individuals who were characterized by av...

The Irish Rebellion of 1798 - when the United Irishmen attempted to free their country of British rule - ultimately did not succeed.

Having passed through Inferno’s Gate, Dante and Virgil soon see a ship coming toward them.  It is helmed by Phlegyas, a ferryman on the Riv...

It is impossible for Bob Cratchit to stay warm in his office because Scrooge greatly restricts the amount of coal which is used to heat the place.

Excited about Christmas Eve, Bob Cratchit closes the office, at Scrooge & Marley, and joins a group of boys sliding on the ice.

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