News Display: The Pickwick Papers Are Published, Thursday, 3/31

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  • The Pickwick Papers Are Published, Thursday, 3/31


  • Written by Boz, the early pen name of Charles Dickens, the first installment of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club was published on March 31, 1836. These short stories were originally commissioned to accompany illustrations and caricatures by the British illustrator Robert Seymour, but they grew so popular i that they were published in book form in 1837. A prolific writer of the Victorian era, Dickens wrote many novels, many of which were also published in serial form and represent classics of English literature: The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Tale of Two Cities.

    The news display will cover the publication of The Pickwick Papers, as well as the place of Dickens in the school curriculum.

  • Stopping by the Woods on A Snowy Evening, Monday, 3/7


  • On March 7, 1923, The New Republic published "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening", by Robert Frost. This famous poem, with its beautiful, simple language and deeper reflections on one's responsibilities and life's journey, has served to introduce scores of American students to poetry.

    The following year Frost went on to win his first Pulitzer Prize for his fourth book of poems, New Hampshire. Frost believed in "being at home in the metaphor", as seen in his 1930 address, Education by Poetry, as he drew upon the significance of the New England landscape, rural life, and American colloquium in his writing.

    News will show the impact of Frost's work and describe his life.

  • Ides of March, Tuesday, 3/15


  • Did you know that on March 15, 44 B.C., Gaius Julius Caesar, Statesman, was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate house by 60 conspirators who sought to restore the Roman Republic? Caesar's assassination was led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, and it led to the crowning of Octavian, Caesar's grand-nephew, as the first Roman emperor.

    Sacred to the Roman god Jupiter, the ides were marked mid month through the Roman calendar year and associated with the changing phases of the moon, as well as sacrificial rituals. In the very early Roman calendar year, March was celebrated as the first month, marked by festivals.

    Our news display will feature stories about the Ides of March, spanning Caesar's powerful influence and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

  • Queen Elizabeth 1 Dies, Thursday, 3/24


  • Known as the Virgin Queen, the great English monarch who refused to endanger her authority through marriage, Queen Elizabeth 1 died on March 24, 1603 after forty four years of rule. Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. The period of her reign became known as the Elizabethan Era, the English Renaissance, and golden age in English history that inspired voyages of discovery and high culture, from the travels of Sirs Francis Drake Walter Raleigh, to the theater, with the works of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlow.

    Elizabeth not only established the Protestant Church of England, but also encouraged Calvinist reforms in Scotland. Highlights will cover her illustrious reign and profound influence.


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