Welcome to an exciting year in which you will be cherry-picking some of the finest literature in the English language! This year, in addition to reading literature from the present day, you will have the chance to become acquainted with some of the best writers of the English language over the last four centuries. These writers are people who have influenced the way you think, even if you have never heard of them. They have helped to shape the culture we share and they continue to influence it today through the literature they have left us. So we will be asking you to treat their works not as museum exhibits from a bygone age, but as living expressions that continue to resonate down the centuries.
We firmly believe that Access to English: Literature is a treasure chest of wisdom, pleasure and fun. Putting the book together and creating this website has been a rewarding experience, and we hope reading the book and using this website will be too.
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August in history
aug 11 1921: Alex Haley is born
aug 12 1854: The last instalment of Hard Times
aug 15 1947: India and Pakistan become independent
aug 28 1963: “I have a dream”
aug 31 1997: Princess Diana dies
Emojis are becoming more and more important in text communication, and this year, an emoji was even chosen as the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year.
Erika Kvistad gives you some of the answers in this article.
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