Henry Ketcham wrote this book in 1901, a mere 36 years after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Henry, a legislator himself, Henry Ketcham had quite a unique opportunity to write the book so close to President Lincoln’s life. He based much of his biography on firsthand information about this truly unique president.
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This anthology is an introduction to the work of American author, poet, editor and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s tales of mystery and the macabre are famous today. Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. A little known fact about Edgar Allen Poe: he also wrote popular songs under an alias.
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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. Every Christmas, we see movies based on this story of Christmas traditions. Published in December of 1843, A Christmas Carol focused on the plight of the poor and children in Victorian England. Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist, enjoys a tortured Christmas and becomes a changed man. Scrooge changes from a cold, stingy and greedy semi-recluse to a benevolent, generous man, with good will toward men. Dickens was making a statement about his observations of the lives of the men, women, and children in the most impoverished areas of London, and witnessed the social injustices they suffered.
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