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Great American Authors: Since 1650

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  • Actors: Jane Kaczmarek
  • Directors: Ron Meyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Ambrose Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 227 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0010AKBDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,300 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Presented by Jane Kaczmarek, Great American Authors: 1650 to Present presents the rich, literary tradition of American storytelling...No country has produced a more impressive group of writers in a shorter period of time than America. It has been an incredible journey of finding the nation's voice, beginning with the first colonists in the 17th century to a small cadre of brilliant, 19th century, New England writers who defined the unique American experience and soul, to the whole country speaking out in the 20th Century against war, poverty, racism and alienation. Featuring such greats as Poe...Dickenson...Twain...Alcott...Hemingway..Wolfe...Steinbeck...Vonnegut and Morrison, this eight part series presents the lives and literary output of over 60 of America's most read authors. Designed for literary enthusiasts and history buffs alike, Great American Authors: Since 1650 is a must for every 21st century library and classroom. Authors are presented in concise, stand-alone clips, in chronological order.

Programs in this series:
Program 1: 1650 1845
Program 2: 1846 1855
Program 3: 1856 1906
Program 4: 1907
Program 5: 1926 - 1939
Program 6: 1940 1949
Program 7: 1950 1957
Program 8: 1958 to Present

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Spanish Subtitles
Educator s Guide
Blackline Master Quizzes
Gallery of Authors
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This useful, well-organized introduction to American literature effectively recaps important literary periods and authors. --Booklist

Difficult as it might be to compile a universally accepted roster of great contributors to all elements of American literature, the producers of this impressive anthology may have accomplished just that...An affordable, comprehensive, and valuable series --School Libray Journal

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim H. Townsel on June 3, 2009
This set is awesome to help students get their head around who wrote what. They spend maybe ten minutes on each author, recite work, show photos, and give a little history to go with. Great for visual learners!
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