Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900)
A larger than life poet, playwright and author, Oscar Wilde was quite a celebrity during his lifetime. He became famous for his involvement in the philosophy of aestheticism and is best remembered for his plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his witty epigrams, still as relevant today as they were in the 1890s.
The Canterville Ghost
Mr Otis, the American minister, buys Canterville Chase, a magnificent manor house near Ascot, England. Lord Canterville warns him: in Canterville Chase there is a frightening ghost! Soon Mr Otis, his wife and his four children, meet the ghost, Sir Simon. He tries to frighten them, but the Americans do not go away. On the contrary, the twins, two terrible boys, play constant tricks on the ghost until Virginia, their young, blonde sister, discovers Sir Simon's secret…
F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald was a so-called ‘Jazz Age’ novelist and short-story writer who is considered to be one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. His most famous and respected novel, The Great Gatsby, is one of the most penetrating descriptions of American life in the 1920s, and was inspired by events in the author's personal life.
Benjamin Button is a very strange baby. Born with a white beard, he looks like his grandfather. As years pass, he seems to get younger. This brings many problems, for him and the people around him. In these three stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, people are not always as they seem.
Charles Dickens is the most popular English writer of the Victorian age and author of, among others, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and David Copperfield. Click below for a lesson plan with a range of actvities that you could use in class with the beloved classic of the season, A Christmas Carol.
Charles Dickens is best known as the author of A Christmas Carol. The novella set on Christmas Eve, spreads the message of love and generosity by showing the transformation of Scrooge, an elderly miser, when he realises that love and friendship are much more important than amassing a fortune.
- ￼A Christmas Carol - Penguin Reader Factsheet
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