"Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali" is the life story of Sundiata, the son of a Malian king. Following the death of his father, Sundiata endures adversity after being exiled. In an act of redemption, he builds up an army and... More »

“The Epic of Gilgamesh” is an ancient story about a Sumerian king who lived in 2500 BCE Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh starts out as a corrupt king, but he learns how to become good over the course of the story. More »

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Epic heroes in literature include Achilles, Aeneas, Arjuna, Beowulf, Gilgamesh, Grettir, Odysseus, Roland and Rostam. An epic hero is the central character in an epic poem, which is a book-length narrative that chronicle... More »

A mock epic has the superficial trappings of an epic, but it tells the story of something that would be considered trivial in comparison to the topics of conventional epics. For example, "The Odyssey" focused on Odysseus... More »

O. Henry's 1907 tale "The Last Leaf" tells the story of a young woman, Johnsy, dying of pneumonia and what her friends do to try to save her life. The woman is helped by her roommate and best friend, Sue, and their elder... More »

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"Our Lady's Juggler" is the story of Barnaby, who gave up his juggling trade to become a monk but was saddened by his inability to contribute to the artistic and literary life of the monastery. Barnaby decided to offer h... More »

The children's book "Carry On, Mr Bowditch" by Jean Leb Latham is a biographical story that follows the life of Nathaniel Bowditch, sailor and mathematician. In the story, "Nat" Bowditch is a young student who is forced ... More »