T h e    T a l e s

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (excerpts)
    by Mark Twain

  • A Death in the School-Room (A Fact)
    by Walt Whitman

  • The Goosepond School
    by Richard Malcolm Johnston

  • Hard Times (excerpts)
    by Charles Dickens

  • The Hoosier Schoolmaster (excerpts)
    by Edward Eggleston

  • The Idyl of Red Gulch
    by Bret Harte

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    by Washington Irving

  • Locke Amsden, or The Schoolmaster
    by Daniel Pierce Thompson

  • Making an Orator
    by Stephen Crane

  • A Negro Schoolmaster in the New South
    by W.E.B. Du Bois

  • The Old Five
    by Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • Putting in the Summer Professionally
    by D. S. Richardson

  • The Schoolmaster's Progress
    by Caroline Kirkland

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  •      F e a t u r e d    T a l e s

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster by Edward Eggleston
     
    Anyone who has seen and loved the recent film, "Spellbound," about the National Spelling Bee, should read the chapter, "Spelling Down the Master" included in the excerpts from this popular and influential novel. It is the finest recreation of the 19th century Spelling Schools in American literature, and it sparked a renewed interest in spelling competitions worldwide.


    Making an Orator by Stephen Crane
     
    Crane's fame rests on his Civil War novel, "The Red Badge of Courage," and a few well known short stories, but he also wrote a series of boyhood tales. This story follows the plight of a boy who is traumatized when he has to recite a memorized poem in front of the class.


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