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Literary Frolic Fridays: August, 2019 Edition. Similarities between Alan LeMay’s The Searchers & Homer’s The Odyssey

What do “Amos,” “Ethan” and Odysseus have in common? Quite a lot. The Character of “Amos” from Alan LeMay’s novel The Searchers was transformed/reworked by screenwriter Frank S. Nugent’s into the character of “Ethan:” “Ethan” is “Amos” on steroids. Scholar Kirtsen Day has discovered that both “Amos” and “Ethan” share traits and experiences with Odysseus …

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Literary Frolic Fridays: August, 2019 Edition. Alan LeMay’s The Searchers: Background.

The Searchers: The Book The Searchers was the 13th published novel of Alan LeMay, and one of four adapted for the cinema (1944’s Useless Cowboy was released in 1945 as Along Came Jones, 1934’s Thunder in the Dust was released in 1950 as The Sundowners, 1954’s The Searchers was released as The Searchers in 1956, …

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Literary Frolic Fridays: August, 2019 Edition. Alan LeMay’s The Searchers: Setting the stage: Why did East Coasters undertake the perilous trek West?

• United States acquired Western land from foreign powers On October 27, 1795 Thomas Pinckney, the American Ambassador to the Court of Saint James, received his instructions from President Washington to initiate negotiations with Spanish Prime Minister Manuel de Godoy concerning American access to the Mississippi River and (finally) settling the border between the United …

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Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon” – Discussion Questions & Ponderables

Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon: Discussion Questions & Ponderables Ponderables According to Dr. Joel Frohlich, a postdoctoral researcher studying at UCLA, Charlie Gordon’s intellectual disability is a result of an inherited metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria. This disorder occurs when cells are unable to produce an enzyme called phenylalanine hydroxylase. Why is this enzyme critical? Without …

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Literary Frolic Fridays – July Edition: Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon”

Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon A Literary Frolic Friday discussion guide PART ONE: 1953-1966 How Keyes came to write Flowers for Algernon, publishing it first as a short story (1953) and then as a novel (1966), and how Flowers ultimately attracted the attention of actor Cliff Robertson In 1953, Daniel Keyes was hired by Martin …

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National Book Festival 2019 Discover Great Places Through Reading: “Miss Mary Reporting”

The 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held in Washington, DC, Saturday, August 31. The festival brings the nation’s leading authors, poets and illustrators together for one day to read and discuss their works. Each year a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 53 affiliates of the Library …

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Literary Frolic Fridays: June, 2019 edition ~ John Steinbeck’s East of Eden

In the winter of 1947, John Steinbeck was desperate to “get back” to writing, to real writing, and to devote every fiber of his being to “a long slow piece of work.” To him, his hitherto published work represented only practice, training, a foreshadowing of what he could write—what he must write.  Far too long …

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