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This Supplement Edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin includes background material on Harriet Beecher Stowe, the setting, glossary, critical comments at the time of publication, and the international acclaim for this novel. Abraham Lincoln is reported to
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A good exercise in thinking; Poe shares some of his thoughts on how one might investigate intelligently. Poe created the genre of detective stories as we know it today, most famously in the private sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle admits that his
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This teaching supplement is organized around typical questions with answers from critics and commentators of the last few centuries, including background materials on Plato, Socrates, and the discussion over whose philosophy we are really reading.
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The Romeo and Juliet Director's Playbook is one of a series of Shakespeare Playbooks designed for prospective directors and producers to envision the play, and keep track of all the details involved in an actual production, from costumes to set
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Macbeth Director's Playbook is one of a series of Shakespeare Playbooks designed for prospective directors and producers to envision the play, and keep track of all the details involved in an actual production, from costumes to set design, stage
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Director's Playbook is one of a series of Shakespeare Playbooks designed for prospective directors and producers to envision the play, and keep track of all the details involved in an actual production, from costumes to set
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Julius Caesar Director's Playbook is one of a series of Shakespeare Playbooks designed for prospective directors and producers to envision the play, and keep track of all the details involved in an actual production, from costumes to set design,
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This Supplement Edition: Sappho, The Poems (ISBN 0-978-942208-40-5) is meant to coordinate with the classbook Sappho: The Poems (see below) to the book . The teacher's book has a number of short critical comments, organized around questions, such
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Past centuries have tried mightily to erase Sappho from history, but we still have fragments from the person who initiated lyric poetry, and, we understand, musical innovations as well (such as the plectrum). This book collects all we know,
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This Supplement to the Apology of Socrates and The Crito is built for teachers. The book gives the same text as the student textbook of The Apology of Socrates & The Crito, and then provides a lot of critical thought from many sources, organized
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This Supplement Edition: Areopagitica, Freedom of the Press has the same text as the classroom textbook (see below), with a wealth of the critical history of Areopagitica, why it is important, all about John Milton, his family, his remarkable
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This Supplement Edition: Leaves of Grass 1855 Edition is intended to be used in conjunction with the classbook text Original Leaves of Grass 1855 Edition (see below). The supplementary materials gathered from many sources, are arranged around
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Harriet Beecher Stowe's blockbuster novel changed the heated debate about slavery in the U.S. before the Civil War. She showed the good and the bad in real people's lives, drawn from people she'd met or heard about. Was it a great novel? Uncle Tom's
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The Beechers (ISBN 978-0-942208-44-3) was originally a long-running radio play based on the Beecher family, which includes luminaries Henry Ward Beecher, Catherine Beecher, Edward Beecher, Lyman Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isabella Beecher
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The plays are: As You Like It, Cymbeline, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. Hamlet is included in this series on the basis of two dozen actresses who
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This oversize (8.5"x8.5") book is designed for directors, with ample space (50 square inches per scene) for your conceptions, sketches, notes, diagrams on every scene, with sections for creating a budget, audition blanks, skeleton outlines by scene,
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This bilingual book, with color art by Alvaro Suman, tells key stories in the culture of Mexico, from creation of people to Quetzalcoatl, La Llorona, to the Revolution. The stories provide the heart of the culture that became Mexico, told by the
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This slim volume is a favorite for writing teachers, and especially for students without a clue. In this two-hour read, one is led to a straightforward technique to come up with interesting, provocative angles on how to write a paper that is not
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Ghalib was a 19th-century Indian court poet, from a family of mercenaries with an ancestry from the Seljuk Turks. Orphaned young, he made his way by witty and pointed poetry in Urdu and Persian. After the Sepoy Mutiny was put down by the British, he
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While in prison after one of his protests against British rule, Gandhi wrote a brief version in English of the holiest book in Hinduism, the Bhagavad Gita, and he appended to each chapter his personal understanding of the ethical questions posed
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

College publisher of humanities texts: law, poli sci, US history, poetry, writing/language books. Writer, translator, editor. published "underground newspaper" in Iowa City (Middle Earth), Five years in the publishing industry in New York City. Six years Mudborn Press (poetry, magazine), radio programming. 30 years college publishing Bandanna Books 25 years book designer Black Sparrow Press

MY TEACHING STYLE

My aim is to stimulate student initiative with publications, techniques, networking that make the process of learning authentic and natural. Teacher as facilitator. The latest 2012 project has been a dozen Shakespeare Playbooks, which greatly expand the text for directors to add their own notes and sketches, stage diagrams for placement of sets, and special sections for the Producer (budget, publicity campaign, designing a playbill), Set Designer, Costumer, Stage Management, plus glossary, chart of entrances and exits for quick reference. "A producer's dream. Just add actors," says Paul Freeman. If you're considering staging Twelfth Night, or Hamlet or ten other Shakespeare plays, the Playbook will help you envision the play your way, keep track of details, coordinate all the elements that go into a production. Most important may be to make the decision whether or not to do the play at all. This format lets you see what's required to assemble a team and do it.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

excellence in book design (Rounce & Coffin).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA, MA University of Iowa in English Two years teaching in Peace Corps (Tanzania) occasional workshops on self-publishing and writing.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

25 years with Black Sparrow Press, independent publishing since 1974. Active in virtual worlds. Transgender since 1995.