SOFTWARE LIBRARY PRESENTS LITERATURE OF THE MILLENNIUM
Dorset, VT. February 12, 2001 - Seven
centuries of literature come to your computer with the Everyman
Millennium Library! This incredibly comprehensive and compelling
software set is distributed in the United States by Tool Factory,
Inc., the Vermont-based educational software company.
The 8 CD set will enrich curriculums and book collections
in classrooms and libraries around the country, inspiring students
and adult learners to explore a wide range of literature from the
14th to the 20th century.
Stunning graphics, audio/visual tours, and a wealth
of text, including extracts, readings, plot-summaries, and historical
background, combine to present users with fascinating information
about hundreds of authors. In
the first disc, The Age of Chaucer, a professional
actor plays the medieval author and answers questions about his
life, opinions, and work. Meet pilgrims and read extracts from The Canterbury Tales,
then challenge Chaucer to a horse race in which correct answers
will forge you ahead toward the finish line.
In the Shakespeare
and the Elizabethan Period
CD, learn about the various places, sites, and people in
Elizabethan England, and then visit the Globe theatre. Explore each
of Shakespeare’s plays by category (Romance, Comedy, Tragedy, Roman,
History) and then become a stage director by assigning the correct
characters, props, and themes to each play.
Each disc offers the same menu bar, options, and general
structure, making it easy to navigate and move back and forth between
programs. Book-marking features
and an on-screen notepad (which can be printed out) facilitate researching. A powerful search engine allows users to search
by writer, era, format, genre, theme, position on a timeline, and
more. Extracts from the
work of each author on the disc are presented along with graphics,
historical background, and other helpful information.
For example, in Restoration and Revolution, read extracts
of Milton’s Paradise Lost, review the author’s biography,
and go on to investigate Milton’s contemporaries, such as Jonathan
Swift, Alexander Pope, Moliere, Voltaire, and Rousseau.
Interactive “Masterclasses” offered in each disc allow
users to research a variety of pertinent topics. In The Romantics disc, participate in
the following classes: The French Revolution, The American Revolution,
Revolutionary Britain, Romantic Poets, Romanticism Abroad, and Austen
and the Comedy of Manners. The
depth and range of these classes are truly impressive, and each
will capture the attention of any student.
Classes in The Victorian Age include Dickens, Victorian
Poetry, Detective Fiction, Historical Fiction, Popular Fiction,
Rise of American Literature, Realism, Naturalism, and The Brontës.
Many classes, such as The Brontës, begin with an
extensive audio/visual tour of the life and times of the featured
writers. For example, you
can explore the Brontës’ family tree, visit The Parsonage,
read profiles of Emily, Anne, and Charlotte, and investigate the
themes of each of the sisters’ novels.
Should you come across unfamiliar vocabulary in any part
of the program, an extensive glossary of literary terms is always
at your fingertips. Upon
completing each thoroughly engaging class, you will be well on your
way to masterful literary knowledge!
Everyman Millennium Library provides both depth and scope in its
presentation of literature. A
tour through each disc gives users a sense of major literary movements,
their artists, and the historical events that contributed to their
development. Modernism and the Great War examines
prose, drama, poetry, architecture, music, and art in the context
of modern advancements in science and technology.
Key figures such as Virginia Woolf, Pablo Picasso, Stravinsky,
and Oscar Wilde are presented.
Read poetry written about World War I, and get to know the
authors of the Jazz Age in America.
Then shift your focus to the Irish Revival, or literature
in India. Discover how literary
movements crossed national boundaries, offering modern readers glimpses
of a variety of cultures.
The final disc, The Late 20th Century,
will bring you up to date with the latest topics and movements in
literature. Wondering what
people mean when they talk about Postmodernism, Hyper-reality, and
Post-Colonialism? Find thoughtful explanations of these terms, as
well as explorations of World War II, The Cold War, Pop Culture,
Literature in the Global Age, The American Dream, and Science Fiction.
Hear interviews with modern-day authors in the “Writers on
Writing” class. Each disc in the set also includes a “Reading
Guide” in which writers recommend books, talk about works that have
inspired their own writing, and provide insightful comments about
the role of literature in our lives.
The entire program is loaded onto your computer from the first disc, which
installs the necessary files. Then,
to use any disc, simply insert it into the CD-ROM drive, and the
program will run automatically.
Should you get half-way through a program and find that you
must come back to it later, you can do so without losing your place,
as you may choose to resume exactly where you left off.
The Everyman Millennium Library is a must for every home,
library and school that cares to enrich its store of literature
with thoroughly researched, cutting-edge software.
Minimum System Requirements
PC: Win. 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP, Pentium 100 MHz (200 MHz
recommended), 16 Mb RAM, 4x CD-ROM drive, 256 color, 640x480 display
Single unit price is $359.95 for the 8 CD set. Bulk and network pricing also available.
To order toll free from the US or Canada call (800)
Fax your order to (802) 375-6860
Email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org
Printable order forms are available at www.toolfactory.com
Tool Factory, Inc.
Factory conducted an exhaustive search for unique educational software
in various markets around the globe. Their flagship product line
consists of 17 educational software tools, which were hand-picked
for their innovative contribution to computer-based learning. To
complement the tools and applications, Tool Factory is also distributing
an extensive range of curriculum titles throughout North America.
Their first catalog includes over 100 CD-ROM products, most of which
are new releases in North America.
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