New Wyoming Folklore

These folk stories are a 1860’s Literature assignment from Diane’s American Literature Course. The Loyal Canine “I wonder if that rascally raccoon and the prickly porcupine are going to stroll down here and taunt me again?” reasoned Charlie, the loyal canine, who was guarding the chicken coop one cold night.  “Those two figure that playin’ is better than workin’,” … Continue reading New Wyoming Folklore

The Virginian Essays

The Virginian essays are an assignment taken from Diane's American Literature Course.  The Virginian, written by Owen Wister, is about a young man, called simply “the Virginian.”  He is seemingly perfect, though he maintains that he has many faults. He is the hero of the book and is humble, wise, and good.  Though he never claims … Continue reading The Virginian Essays

Life on the Mississippi

This part of Diane's American Literature Course Series I didn’t get time to read Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi before I had to decide on my American Literature syllabus this past school year. I did get through the first couple of chapters, which are full of the geography and history of the Mississippi River. I hoped … Continue reading Life on the Mississippi

The Virginian

This is part of Diane's American Literature Course Series Owen Wister’s The Virginian Oh, that old thing? Why, yes, it’s been one of my favorites for many years.  I noticed, though, while doing research for our American literature class, that it seems to be going out of style.  Too trite and formulaic, perhaps?  Wait!  Please note that … Continue reading The Virginian

Ramona Essays

These essays are a Ramona  assignment from Diane's American Literature Course. Two books were written for similar reasons. One was to influence slavery, the other to influence the Indian’s problems in California. The first book was Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe.  The second is Ramona, written by Helen Hunt Jackson.  If a reader of … Continue reading Ramona Essays

A Man Without a Country Essays

These poems are a 1860's Literature assignment from Diane's American Literature Course. “Breathes there the man” Sir Walter Scott From “The Lay of the Last Minstrel,” Canto Sixth II O Caledonia! Stern and wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood, Land of my … Continue reading A Man Without a Country Essays