Literature, Shadow Trilogy Basic


During this course we will read three novels: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allan Poe, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The purpose of this course is to read and discuss those great mystery novels, about mysterious events that seem to defy reason. Along the way, we will do lots of academic writing because that is how we will conduct our discussions, through email. You will email me at We will talk about the characters, the ideas, and the language in each book. There are great words, fun grammar, and surprises in the plots of the stories.


Michael Clay Thompson

Class Details

Live Class: Yes

Assignments: Weekly assignments

Duration: 14 weeks

Student Expectations:
You will have the week to do the reading, to choose the questions you like best, and to write your responses. I would like to receive your responses during the week, before the next week’s assignments begin.

Student Support:
Teacher is available via email.

If you can send me your work by Thursday or earlier, that will give me time to respond to what you have written and to answer any questions you ask. Email gives us flexibility. Because we will conduct our comments and discussions primarily through email, you will have the time you like to think and write your replies. I will not expect an answer immediately, although you may sometimes respond immediately. I will, by the way, make comments if I see errors of language in your emails. That will help you learn some of those details—it takes time!

The Shadow Trilogy:The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Resource page. Students should have an email account.

Students should be comfortable with email.

For Ages: