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A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

A List of Nobel Prize Winners in Literature
Named after Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize in Literature honors writers with

Womanhood and Individualism: "The Awakening" of Edna Pontellier
Edna Pontellier, heroine of Kate Chopin's

Plot Summary and Overview of Dickens' Oliver Twist
A summary and brief analysis of Charles Dickens' novel

Definition and Examples of Stream of Consciousness
An introduction to

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 1, Part 1 - Charles Dickens
In this first section of

21 Quotes From "All Quiet on the Western Front"
21 unforgettable quotes from Erich Maria Remarque's classic war novel All Quiet on the Western Front.

'All Quiet On The Western Front' Quotes - Page 2
Here are more quotes from All Quiet On The Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. Page 2.

26 Unforgettable Anne Frank Quotes
Anne Frank was a young girl caught up in the horror of the Holocaust. Here are 26 unforgettable quotes to inspire you!

31 Memorable Quotes From Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, was first published in 1954. This tale of schoolboys stranded on a desert island is the best-known work by Golding. The novel is now sometimes compared to The Cacher in the Rye as one of the popular books for high school and college students. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
A brief summary and review for the fourth installment in Arthur Conan Doyle's famous Sherlock Holmes series: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, with quotes.

Mother's Day Quotes - What Writers Say About Mothers
What do the writers have to say about Mother's Day? From Edgar Allan Poe to Washington Irving, read what famous writers have written about their mothers.

British Literary Periods
A brief overview of the periods in English literature, with author and title examples for each.

Must Reads in Classic African-American Literature
Are you interested in reading classic literature written by African-American writers but don't know where to start? We explore some of the very best in this article.

Classic Literary Villains
Exploring villains from classic literature. How can we love the very worst, and why is it important that we do?

Lust for Life (1934) by Irving Stone: A Novel of Vincent van Gogh
Lust for Life (1934) is a biographical novel written by Irving Stone based on the life and works of the famous Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh.

Getting to Know George Eliot: Her Life and Works
A brief overview for the life and works of English novelist George Eliot, author of Middlemarch and one of the most admired Victorian writers.

Lord of the Flies: A Critical History
A critical history for William Golding's classic novel, Lord of the Flies.

About Classic Literature: Reviews, Lists, and More
Build your classic literature reading list with reviews, analysis, and study guides of the most acclaimed and beloved books from around the world.

Agnes Grey (1847) by Anne Bronte
A brief summary and review of Anges Grey by Anne Bronte.

Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (1907) by Mark Twain
A brief summary and review for Mark Twain's 1907 Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven.

Long Day's Journey into Night (1956) by Eugene O'Neill
Classic American Drama: A brief summary and review for Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Long Day's Journey into Night.

Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774): A Brief Summary and Review
A brief summary and review for a masterpiece of German literature and philosophy, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's epistolary novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther.

More Classics for Binge Reading!
Do you want to read classic literature without feeling bogged down by an enormous page count or too-heavy moralizing? Try these classics for binge reading!

Exploring 16th Century English Literature
A guide to the important works in English Literature from 1500-1600, including suggestions for critical reading in poetry, drama, and prose.

Classics to Read in May
Whether you are in the mood for poetry or prose, politics or science, psychology or history, these classic May choices are sure to please and provoke.

What is Gothic Literature?
So you want to know more about gothic literature? Take a look at this overview, with helpful examples of gothic works plus explanation of stylistic elements.

Jonathan Swift Books
Jonathan Swift is famous for Gulliver's Travels (1726), A Modest Proposal (1729) and other tales of humor, satire, and imagination. Read more about the life and works of the famous Irish writer, Jonathan Swift.

Pirate Literature
Pirates have captured our imaginations with their adventures at sea, with bloody battles and buried treasures. Read about pirate literature.

What Are the Best Book Lights for Readers?
Book lights are essential for every book lover. These lights are perfect for reading while you're on the road, reading in bed, or just enjoying your individual reading in the dark (or semi-dark). Here's are top picks for book lights.

Access Ebooks (Rent - Buy - Borrow - Share Electronic Books)
Ebooks have become more-and-more popular, but it's sometimes difficult to find the books you want to read (especially at a price you can afford). Take a look at these resources for renting ebooks!

Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell
A short summary and review for Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) by Tennessee Williams
A brief summary and review for the Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee
A brief summary and review for Harper Lee's masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), in anticipation of her new book, Go Set a Watchman (2015).

What is Burlesque Literature?
Burlesque Literature: An overview, with examples.

Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (1814)
A brief summary and review for Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
Like a good classic mystery? Read our brief summary and review for Charles Dickens's unfinished, semi-autobiographical novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Must Reads for College-Bound Students
If you're headed to college, here are a few books you should read to start preparing yourself for the reading load ahead! Here's a list.

The House in Paris (1935) by Elizabeth Bowen
A brief summary and review of The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen.

In Her Own Voice: Female Characters in 19th Century Literature
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe created female characters with voice and agency, despite limited nineteenth-century male narrators.

Our Shared Shelf, A Different Kind of Book Club
Emma Watson's new book club, Our Shared Shelf, invites readers all over the world to celebrate women and feminism. We have some exciting suggestions!

Literary Miscellany, Vol. 4: Fun Facts, Quotes, and Trivia
In this fourth volume of our popular

A Single Man (1964) by Christopher Isherwood
A brief summary and review for Christopher Isherwood's classic novel, A Single Man.

The Beautiful Room is Empty (1988) by Edmund White
A brief summary and review for Edmund White's 1988 classic gay coming-of-age novel, The Beautiful Room is Empty.

Famous Quotes You've Been Getting All Wrong
Some of the most common and most interestingly misquoted and borrowed phrases from classic literature (or not).

Macbeth (1611) by William Shakespeare
A summary of Shakespeare's Macbeth, with notable quotes and passages.

Shakespeare Said That?
Some of Shakespeare's most famous phrases, still in usage today.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
A brief summary and review for William Shakespeare's brilliant gender-bending comedy, As You Like It, with important quotes and details.

Lit Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shakespeare?
How well do you know your Shakespeare? Can you tell a comedy from a tragedy? A hero from a villain? Take our quiz to test your Shakespearean knowledge!

Nothing Like the Sun (1964) by Anthony Burgess
A brief summary and review for Anthony Burgess's creative exploration into the life and times of William Shakespeare, Nothing Like the Sun.

Classics for Binge Reading
Are you in the mood to binge read, want to tackle the classics, but don't know how to coordinate those two desires? Here are three classics perfect for you!

The Watsons (1803-1805) by Jane Austen
A brief summary and review for Jane Austen's unfinished novel, The Watsons.

Le Livre Blanc by Jean Cocteau
A brief summary and review for French writer Jean Cocteau's anonymous gay classic, Le Livre Blanc (1928).

Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker
A brief summary and review of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Save Me the Waltz (1932) by Zelda Fitzgerald
A brief summary and review for Zelda Fitzgerald's 1932 novel, Save Me the Waltz, with comparisons to her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald's work.

Getting to Know: Henry James
Henry James, author of such classics as Daisy Miller, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Bostonians, was an American writer and a founder of literary Realism.

Five Unconventional Heroines from Classic Literature
Ever wonder which classic literary heroines have been overlooked or under-appreciated? We take a closer look at 5 of the most unconventional literary heroines.

Favorite Characters from Classic Lit, Volume 4
In the fourth volume of the popular

The Quotable Virginia Woolf
The wit and wisdom of novelist and feminist icon Virginia Woolf, author of A Room of One's Own and other modernist works.

5 Classics You Don't Want to Read at a Barbecue
These classics are perfect choices for summer , but reader beware: not all classics are as romantic as a Jane Austen novel or as magical as a C.S. Lewis book.

Which Classic Literary Genre Are You?
Our quick and fun quiz will help you decide which classic literary genre you might like best, and offer some reading suggestions based on your responses.

How to Customize Your Reading Group
Alternative ideas for organizing an interesting and effective reading group and for tackling Classic Literature in customized ways.

Literary Wit and Wisdom
From Chinua Achebe to Emile Zola, Jorge Luis Borges to Edith Wharton, explore some of the world's greatest writers' words on life, love, and literature.

Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov
A brief summary and review for Nabokov's unsettling classic novel, Lolita.

Revisiting Classic Science-Fiction
Are you as excited about the discovery of water on Mars as we are? Has it been some time since you revisited classic science-fiction? Here's a great place to start!

William Shakespeare - Works - Classic Literature
These pages offer the works of William Shakespeare in various formats. Read the words of the bard!

Inspiring Kids to Read the Classics!
Exploring 100 years of classic literature for young readers, from Little Women to Lord of the Flies.

Anticipating Future Classics
What do you call a modern classic? How can we tell if a contemporary book will stand the test of time? From Hilary Mantel to David Foster Wallace, we share our thoughts.

Vanity Fair () by Makepeace Thakeray
A brief summary and review of William Makepeace Thakeray's classic novel, Vanity Fair, with commentary from Robert Louis Stevenson.

14 Quotes From Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"
14 quotes from Samuel Beckett's

Oliver Twist (1837) by Charles Dickens
A brief summary and review of Charles Dickens's 1837 novel, Oliver Twist.

The Great Gatsby and The Lost Generation
A brief summary and review for one of the greatest pieces of classic American literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

101 Classics to Get You Started
A list of 101 world classics for every reader to enjoy, from Jane Austen to Anthony Trollope.

The Moviegoer (1961) by Walker Percy
A brief summary and review for Walker Percy's existential classic of the American South, The Moviegoer (1961).

Persuasion (1817) by Jane Austen
A brief summary and review of Jane Austen's Persuasion, a novel of manners and an adept social commentary on marriage and economic mobility, with important notes.

American Literary Periods
A brief guide to American Literary Periods, with examples.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831) by Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a French Romantic/Gothic novel by Victor Hugo published in 1831. The title refers to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The End of the Affair (1951) by Graham Greene
A brief summary and review for Graham Greene's 1951 classic novel of Catholic masculinity and adultery, The End of the Affair.

Quotations from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare's beloved star-crossed lovers are caught between two worlds, as their families feud to the death. Here are the lines you should know.

Classic Fiction for the Animal Lover
Horses, dogs, bears, wolves, and their humans. Explore Classic literature and its most brilliant animal characters.

Shakespearean Insults from A to Z
William Shakespeare, master of the English drama, was also one of the best writers of insults. Check out these best insults from his most famous works.

Don Quixote Volume 1 (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
A summary and review for Volume One of the Spanish classic, Don Quixote.

Classic Continuations: Canonical Literature in Contemporary Style
Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen are reimagined in the works of Jean Rhys, Peter Carey, and Seth Graham-Smith.

Romantic Period - Where Did It All Begin?
Many scholars say that the Romantic period began with the publication of

P - Characters - Last Names in Literature
Find characters with the last name starting with P, including Paul, Leonora Penderton, Fleur Pillager, Jane Pittman, and Edna Pontellier. Read more about characters in literature.

Edna Pontellier
Edna Pontellier appears in The Awakening, by Kate Chopin.

Favorite Quotes from "Old Yeller" (1956) by Fred Gipson
Exploring significant quotes from Fred Gipson's

The Soft Machine (1961) by William S. Burroughs
A brief summary and review for William S. Burroughs' 1961 novel, The Soft Machine.

Notes from Underground (1864) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A brief summary and reading guide for Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, including list of themes, symbols, characters and motifs.

Washington Irving Biography
(1783-1859) American writer. Washington Irving's pseudonyms included: Dietrich Knickerbocker, Jonathan Oldstyle, and Geoffrey Crayon. Washington Irving was a short story writer, famous for works like

What to Read in April: Literary Birthdays Guide the Way!
A guide to your Classic Literature reading in the month of April, brought to you by such writers as Washington Irving, Samuel Beckett, and Harper Lee.

Must-Read Books If You Enjoyed Lord of the Flies
Controversial and banned, Lord of the Flies is also recognized as one of the most important novels of the 20th century. Here's what to read if you loved it!

Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune is a science fiction novel, by Frank Herbert. Published in 1965, the book is one of the most famous (and popular works of its genre); the novel received the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.

Celebrating 50 Years of Frank Herbert's Dune
The Folio Society discusses their 50th anniversary edition of Frank Herbert's Dune, a classic science-fiction novel and pillar of the genre.

Around the World in 80 Pages
A great way to travel the world without breaking your bank account is to explore classic short fiction from around the globe.

Spooky Scenes from Classic Literature
Just in time for Halloween, explore these spooky teasers from the masters of psychological classic literature, including William Faulkner, Henry James, Shirley Jackson, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Hamlet: A Feminist Argument (2)
Read more about Hamlet and a Feminist Argument, from Steve Henderson. Page 2.

Hamlet: A Feminist Argument (3)
Read more about the conclusion of Hamlet and a Feminist Argument, from Steve Henderson. This page also lists the work cited for his argument. Page 3.

Feminism and Hamlet
The traditional canonical texts of Western literature are seen by the feminist movement to define who has the power to speak in Western culture and who does not. Read on.

Classic Quotes to Make the Heart Beat Faster
From Margaret Mitchell to A.A. Milne, George Eliot to Shakespeare: Explore some of classic literature's most romantic quotes on love.

Reading Mark Twain: A Bibliography
Here's a selective bibliography of Mark Twain's writing, including fiction and nonfiction.

'For Whom the Bell Tolls' Quotes
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a famous novel by Ernest Hemingway. Here are 30 unforgettable quotes from the novel. Page 2.

30 Unforgettable Quotes From Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a famous novel by Ernest Hemingway. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

20th Century Literary Theory
Read the latest on literary criticism and study.

Literature, Feminism and Queer Theory
Love literature but wish you had the tools to explore further? Know terms like

Classics Are Thrilling!
Classic literature is often viewed as dense and dull, but the literary thrillers of Alexandre Dumas, H.G. Wells, Ian Fleming and more prove otherwise.

Literary Miscellany, Vol 3: Fun Facts, Quotes, and Trivia
Can you identify famous lines from children's classics? Ever wonder which real-life people have inspired literature? Come find out all this and more!

Junkie (1953) by William S. Burroughs
A brief summary and review for William S. Burroughs' early novel, Junkie (1953).

'Macbeth' Quotes from William Shakespeare's Famous Tragedy
Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's great tragedies. There's murder, battles, supernatural portents, and all the other elements of a well-worked drama. Here are a few quotes from Macbeth.

'Macbeth' Quotes from William Shakespeare's Famous Play
Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's great tragedies. There's murder, battles, supernatural portents, and all the other elements of a well-worked drama. Here are a few quotes from Macbeth. Page 2.

'Macbeth' Quotes by William Shakespeare
Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's great tragedies. There's murder, battles, supernatural portents, and all the other elements of a well-worked drama. Here are a few quotes from Macbeth. Page 3.

128 Unforgettable Quotes From Shakespeare's Macbeth
Here are a few quotes from Macbeth - one of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Page 4.

6 Under-appreciated Classics that are Shockingly Good
6 shockingly good classics from Christopher Isherwood, Leo Tolstoy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, and Herman Melville.

Aaron's Rod - D.H. Lawrence
Aaron's Rod, by D.H. Lawrence, was first published in 1922. A Romantic tragicomedy, this work takes place in England and Italy.

Christmas
Writers and storytellers have celebrated Christmas, with traditions from around the world. Read the tale of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Also, read about the mythology of Santa Claus.

Flowers
We give flowers, and we sometimes receive them, but how do flowers relate to literature. Read more about roses, daisies, lilies, lilacs, sunflowers, and other flowers in poetry, stories, and other works of literature. It's more than just about romance or love in literature...

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
First published in 1885, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered an American classic, but it has also had a controversial history... Read more about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn .

A - Characters - Last Names in Literature
Find characters with the last name starting with A, including Achilles, Nick Adams, Frankie Adams, Captain Ahab, Isabel Archer, Newland Archer, and Martin Arrowsmith. Read more about characters in literature.

As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying is a novel by William Faulkner. First published in 1930, the novel is narrated in the first person, with 15 characters offering shifting viewpoints. As I Lay Dying is one of Faulkner's famous works--set in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.

B - Characters - Last Names in Literature
Find characters with the last name starting with B, including Beowulf, Beatrice, Adam Bede, Elizabeth Bennet, Benedick, Benvolio, Bilbo Baggins, and Young Goodman Brown. Read more about characters in literature.

The Call of the Wild - Jack London
The Call of the Wild was written by Jack London. It was published in 1903, and is one of London's most well-known works.

D - Characters - Last Names in Literature
Find characters with the last name starting with D, including Dan, George Darrow, Arthur Davies, Doc, Dorthy, and Charles Drouet. Read more about characters in literature.

Halloween
With everyone dressing like ghosts, goblins, or other monsters and creatures of the night, Halloween is the perfect time to read Gothic fiction, along with other ghostly and strange tales.

Old English General Resources - Classic Literature
The earliest examples of English literature, notably Beowulf, date from the Anglo-Saxon period of British history.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer
(1835-1910) American writer. Mark Twain once said,

Anglo Saxon Literature
This period in literature (from c.650 to c.1100) is often referred to as Old English. Works of literature that fall into this period include: Widsith, Beowulf, and Cædmon.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) British writer.
(1775-1817) British writer. Jane Austen wrote about the British rural middle class and introduced new literary topics, such as marriage and classes.

Rose in Literature
As Robert Burns writes, O, my luve's like a red, red rose... Read more about the rose in literature.

Thanksgiving in Literature - Classic Literature
Find poems, stories, and other works that celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mothers
Female characters are tragic, triumphant, drawing out the deepest emotions of love, hate, fear, and tears. Just a few of the famous female characters include: Edna Pontellier, Madame Bovary, Moll Flanders, and more. Read more about women in literature.

Old Testament
The Old Testament is the collection of religious writings, about ancient Israel. The Protestant version includes 39 book. The Catholic version includes 46.

African-American Writers - From the United States
Read more about the African American writers, from the United States, including: Baldwin, Cullen, Douglass, Du Boise, Hurston, Toomer, Washington, and Wheatley.

Hanukkah / Chanukah
Hanukkah is Hebrew for

Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a festival of African-American culture, which is celebrated between Christmas and New Year's Day. Read more about Kwanzaa.

May Day (Mayday) - May 1st - Literature
May Day (or Mayday) is on May 1st. The day is a celebration of the first spring planting, and has also been celebrated as Beltane, the day of fire.

Mother's Day in Literature
For all of the mothers--who have helped us to become who we are--we celebrate them in literature! Happy Mother's Day!

Snow Man - Snowman
The snow man (also known as a snowman or snowperson) is one of the favorite figures in the winter landscape. Characters like Frosty the Snow Man have helped to enliven the figure, but writers have long since been imagining/re-imagining the snow man.

2- Exodus
In Exodus, the people of Israel are in slavery, and they are led to freedom by Moses.

Anna Karenina FAQs
You've got questions regarding Anna Karenina. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Antony and Cleopatra FAQs
You've got questions regarding Antony and Cleopatra. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Scottish Mythology
Discover the legends, folklore and religion of Scotland. Immerse yourself in this folk romance about a Scottish lass, a knight known as Black Bull, and a deceptive washer woman and her daughter.

Medusa
Medusa is a woman, right? But, she's also a monster. She's a creature that turns her victims to stone...

1 - Genesis
Genesis is the first book of the Bible. Read more about it.

25 Days of Christmas
Christmas happens but once each year, but why not celebrate for a few more days... Here's a series that celebrates the holiday spirit. Join us in ringing in the holidays!

31 Days of Halloween
Halloween happens but once each year, but why not celebrate for a few more days... Here's a series that celebrates the ghosts and goblins (and all the other horrors of Halloween). Join us in all the screams!

Abel
Abel appears in House Made of Dawn, by N.Scott Momaday.

Christmas Novels
A Christmas Carol and other works are Christmas classics. Read more Christmas novels.

Coriolanus FAQs
You've got questions regarding Coriolanus. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Death Be Not Proud FAQs
You've got questions regarding Death Be Not Proud. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Emma FAQs
You've got questions regarding Emma. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Faust / Faustus
Faust is sometimes called Faustus, or Doctor Faustus. This character has been a continuing legend in Western folklore and literature.

Moll Flanders
Moll Flanders appears in Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe.

Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler appears in Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen.

Gandalf
Gandalf appears in The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Gatsby, Jay
Jay Gatsby appears in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Curious George
Curious George appears in the Curious George series of stories, by Margret and H.A. Rey.

Gulliver's Travels FAQs
You've got questions regarding Gulliver's Travels. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Hamlet
Hamlet appears in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare.

Anna Karenina - Character
Anna Karenina appears in Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy.

Mistletoe
Mistletoe is the name for parasitic plants. The plant is used as a decoration at Christmas, and it is customary to kiss under the mistletoe. In some traditions, the plant is a source of good fortune.

Hood, Robin
Robin Hood has played a dramatic role in Literature. Stories have been told; dramas have been put on; and movies have been made about this daring man and his band of merry outlaws.

The Call of the Wild FAQs
You've got questions regarding The Call of the Wild. I've got answers. Take a look here.

The Nativity - The Nativity of Jesus
The Nativity refers to the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The events of his birth are recorded in the New Testament, in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke. But, many other writers have since depicted the events of that momentus occasion. Take a look at the literature of The Nativity.

Hercules
Hercules (Herakles) is a famous Greek hero, known for his strength.

As You Like It FAQs
You've got questions regarding As You Like It. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Chinese Mythology - Mythology and Folklore - Classic Literature
Chinese mythology dates back to the Wei and Jin Dynasties. Since then, the tales have been filled with dragons, gods, disasters, tricksters, struggle, and much more.

Cyrano de Bergerac FAQs
You've got questions regarding Cyrano de Bergerac. I've got answers. Take a look here.

About Mark Twain - Read & Enjoy!
Mark Twain is still one of the most famous American writers! He's known for books like his famously banned Huckleberry Finn, but he also wrote many other books. Find out how to find and appreciate the works of Mark Twain.

Mark Twain FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions - Mark Twain
You've got questions about Mark Twain, and I've got answers. Take look at these frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Mark Twain.

William Shakespeare - Sonnet - Classic Literature
Read a melodramatic poem in remembrance of the virtues of Shakespeare's close friend, Master John Peter of Bowhay, and many more.

Shakespeare Study - William Shakespeare - Classic Literature
If you're wondeing where to start in your study of Shakespeare, take a look at these pages. Find discussions, assignments, and more.

Sumer - Find Sumerian Mythology
Sumer was a collection of city states in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The region is now southern Iraq. Read more about Sumerian Mythology.

Virginia Woolf FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions - Virginia Woolf
You've got questions about Virginia Woolf, and I've got answers. Take look at these frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Virginia Woolf.

Darcy - Fitzwilliam Darcy - Mr Darcy
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a romantic male character in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

'A Tale of Two Cities' Chapters
Here are the chapters from A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

Finch, Scout (Jean Louise)
Scout is the young heroine in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Rapunzel - Character
Rapunzel is a famous female character, known for her long hair.

Red - Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood is one of the most memorable characters in fairy tales. She went on a journey to see her grandmother, and the rest is literary history. Here story has become (controversial) legend.

African Myth - Ethiopia, the Ekoi, the Yoruba, and the Zulus - Classic Literature
These resources detail a variety of myths from several sources. Find variants for Ethiopia, the Ekoi, the Yoruba, and the Zulus.

Assyro-Babylonian Mythology
Read about the mythology Babylon, Sumeria, and the rest of the region. Find information about Gilgamesh, and other famous characters.

Athena - Greek Mythology
Greek Mythology. Athena is the daughter of Zeus, coming from his head clothed in armor. According to Hesiod, Athena's mother was Metis, but Zeus tricked Metis and assimilated or incorporated Athena into himself before her birth.

Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill appears in legends and tall tales about the taming of the West. One such tale is the

Blackbeard
Blackbeard has been one of the most interesting characters in history. The stories of this pirate are based on the life of Edward Blackbeard Teach.

James Bond
James Bond appears in the spy novels of Ian Fleming.

Emma Bovary
Emma Bovary appears in Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert.

Daisy Buchanan
Daisy Buchanan appears in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Arthur Dent
Arthur Dent appears in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and other novels by Douglas Adams.

Dracula Character
Dracula appears in the famous vampire novel, Dracula, by Bram Stoker.

German Mythology - Mythology and Folklore
Access old Germanic stories and accompanying illustrations. Includes short works by Wilhelm Busch and tales from the Grimm brothers.

Greek Mythology
Greek Mythology is filled with tales of how the gods came into being, the birth of heroes, and the horrors of monsters. There's the story of Oedipus, the adventures of Odysseus, and so many other tales...

Hawaiian Mythology - Mythology and Folklore - Classic Literature
Read about how the Merman god Puuokamoa was transformed into stone by Maui. Find this and other Hawaiian myths.

Irish Mythology
Read more about the tales and folklore from Ireland.

Jane Austen FAQs
You've got questions regarding Jane Austen. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Japanese Mythology
Find out how Kanji pronunciation can affect translation, so that Ursa Major, Ooguma, and Ursa Minor, Koguma, can mean either bears or corners.

Mothers
Who is the mother in the novel? What is her role as a character in the story? Read more about mothers as characters in fiction and other works of literature.

Motherlessness and Literature
Virginia Woolf lost her mother when she was in her early teens; and Mary Shelley's mother (Mary Wollstonecraft) died in childbirth. Were they affected by the loss of their mothers? How has motherlessness been portrayed in literature?

Native American Mythology - Myth and Folklore
Read stories from the Cherokee, Hopi, and other nations. Find out more about the myths and legends associated with these fascinating cultures.

Online Literature Ecourse
Discover the wide world of literature with these online literature ecourses, available from a number of sites.

'Prologue' - Geoffrey Chaucer
Prologue is part of The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer. This piece introduces the other parts of the work--providing an overview of the scope Chaucer intended to accomplish.

Aaron's Rod FAQs
You've got questions about Aaron's Rod, by D.H. Lawrence. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Achelous
Achelous appears in Greek mythology.

Agamemnon - Greek Mythology - Classic Literature
Greek Mythology. He was the son of Atreus and brother of Menelaus. King of Mycenae, he led the Greek troops against Troy. Several tragedies bear the name of

Roberta Alden
Roberta Alden appears in An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser.

Alice - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Alice is the young heroine in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

Aphrodite - Greek Mythology / Literature
Venus (Roman). Greek Mythology Character. The goddess of love. One of the 12 Olympians. Brought forth from ocean foam near Cyprus or Cythera (according to some myths). Also, some myths say, she was daughter of Zeus and Dione. Goddess of beauty. Mother of love. Queen of laughter. Mistress of all graces and pleasures.

Ares
Ares appears in Greek mythology.

Argus / Argos Greek Mythology - Classic Literature
1 Greek Mythology character. Son of Zeus and Niobe. Zeus' first child by a mortal. 2 Name of a town in Argolis, Greece. 3 Odysseus' dog. 4 100-eyed giant who guarded Io. 5 Son of Jason and Medea.

Alcée Arobin
Alcée Arobin appears in The Awakening, by Kate Chopin.

As I Lay Dying FAQs
You've got questions regarding As I Lay Dying. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Aslan
Aslan appears in

Beowulf FAQs
You've got questions regarding Beowulf. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Huckleberry Finn FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions - Huck Finn -- A Mark Twain Classic
You've got questions about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, and I've got answers. Take look at these frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Huckleberry Finn.

Arthur, King
The legends surrounding King Arthur include Merlin, Morgan Le Fay, Lancelot, Perceval, Galahad, Gawain, the Lady of the Lake, Guinevere, and Excalibur. Read more about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Pandora
Pandora was the first woman (according to myth). Each of the gods gave her a gift.

Penelope
Penelope appears in Odyssey. Classic Literature.

Prometheus
Prometheus was a Titan, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to men.

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin appears in the fairy tale,

Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer appears in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and other novels by Mark Twain.

Ebenezer Scrooge
Ebenezer Scrooge appears in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.

Saint Patrick
St. Patrick is such a famous legend that a day was named after him: March 17th. Read more about his life, his miraculous feats, and his works.

Lambert Strether
Lambert Strether appears in The Ambassadors, by Henry James.

Thomas Sutpen - Character
Thomas Sutpen appears in Absalom, Absalom, by William Faulkner.

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist appears in Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.

Uncle Tom
Uncle Tom appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Zeus
Greek Mythology. Zeus was the son of Cronus and Rhea. He killed his father, Cronus to become the ruler of Olympus, and all the other gods and goddesses. He was the god of the sky.

New Testament
The New Testament is the second part of the biblical canon.

Lilith (also Lilit or Lilith)
Lilith (also Lilit or Lilith) is the name Adam's first wife, in Jewish mythology.

Aladdin
Aladdin is one of the most famous young characters in Middle Eastern folk tales and legend. He's also appeared in numerous adaptations on the story, from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights).

Achilles
Achilles was a Greek hero in the Trojan war. He was semi-invulnerable (weakened only on his heel).

Actaeon
Actaeon was a legendary huntsman in Greek myth. Cadmus was his grandfather. Artemis turned him into a stag, and he was eventually torn to pieces.

Admetus
Admetus was the king of Pherae in Thessaly. Apollo granted him that he could select an alternate in dying (Alcestis chose to die in his place, but Hercules saved her).

Aeneas
Aeneas appears in Aeneid, by Vergil.

Captain Ahab - Moby Dick - Hermann Melville
Captain Ahab is the sea captain in Moby Dick, by Hermann Melville.

Australian Mythology - Mythology and Folklore - Classic Literature
Learn about the storytelling culture of Indigenous Australians. Find an aboriginal legend about the first people to walk the earth, and the story of how Yowee, the Spirit of Death killed the first man.

Bilbo Baggins
Bilbo Baggins appears in The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. He also appears briefly in The Lord of the Rings.

Frodo Baggins
Frodo Baggins appears in

Bleak House FAQs
You've got questions regarding Bleak House. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Rhett Butler
Rhett Butler appears in Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell.

Nick Carraway
Nick Carraway appears in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

British / Celtic Mythology
These pages compile links to resources related to British / Celtic Mythology, presenting history, languages, music, and specific legends.

Cinderella
Cinderella is the female heroine in Cinderella, a fairy tale, which appears in a variety of versions.

Christopher Columbus
The journey of Christopher Columbus is one that has launched tales of epic proportion. Read more about this character--real and imagined.

David Copperfield
David Copperfield appears in David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens. Copperfield is the protagonist and narrator.

Dr. Jekyll
Dr. Jekyll appears in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Martin Eden
Martin Eden appears in Martin Eden, by Jack London.

Jane Eyre - Character
Jane Eyre appears in Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.

Victor Frankenstein
Victor Frankenstein is the man who created a monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Madame Bovary FAQs
You've got questions regarding Madame Bovary. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Eowyn - The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Eowyn appears in The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Claus, Santa - Santa Claus - St. Nick - St. Nicholas
How did the idea of Santa Claus and St. Nicholas originate? What other countries have such stories? Do you still believe?

The Highwayman FAQs
You've got questions regarding The Highwayman. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Antigone
Two women are known as Antigone in Greek mythology. Antigone was the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta in plays by Sophocles. Euripides also wrote a play about Antigone.

Medea (Character)
Medea is one of the most famous mothers in literature. Read more about her story.

Louisiana Literature
Kate Chopin, Anne Rice, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Catharine Cole, and William Faulkner are just a few of the Louisiana writers. Discover Cajun stories, and other works related to Louisiana literature.

New York Literature - Classic Literature
New York has been the place of birth for many great American writers... And, it has become the home for many others. Read about Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Betty Smith, and others.

Valentine's Day in Literature
Valentine's Day is a day for sending gifts, cards, and love letters. Read more the love, romance, and also about Valentine's Day in literature... Find stories, poems, and more!

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Irish writer.
(1865-1939) Irish writer. Yeats created a number of plays and poems, including: The Wanderings of Oisin (1889); The Lake Isle of Innisfree (1893); The Celtic Twilight (1893); The Secret Rose (1897); The Wing Among the Reeds (1899); The Shadowy Waters (1900); and much more.

Macaulay, Thomas
Lord Macaulay is perhaps most famous for his History of England. Read more about his life and works.

Carlyle, Thomas
Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, essayist and historian.

Detective Fiction
Detective Fiction is a sub-genre of mystery and crime fiction. You've probably read (or at least heard about some of the most famous works in detective fiction. The earliest examples includes stories of detection in the Bible, Oedipus Rex, and One Thousand and One Nights.

April Fool's Day
It's the day that all the pranksters come out to play. April Fool's Day is a favorite day for writers and artists of all sorts--let your imagination run wild!

Teasdale, Sara
(1884-1933) Sara Teasdale was an American lyrical poet--she was awarded the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Earth Day
Earth Day takes place on April 22--it's a way to celebrate nature and environmental protection.

Voyage Out - Virginia Woolf
The Voyage Out was the first book by Virginia Woolf. It was first published in 1915 by Duckworth.

Children's Book Week
Children's Book Week has been an annual celebration since 1919.

Holocaust Remembrance Day - Yom Hashoah
Holocaust Remembrance Day is on May 2nd.

Mother Goose Day
Mother Goose Day is the first day of May (also known as May Day).

Seize the Day - Saul Bellow
Seize the Day is a famous novel by Saul Bellow. He was a famous Jewish American novel, and this is one of the books for which he became world-renowned.

Boy in The Striped Pajamas - John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was written by Irish novelist John Boyne. It's been a bestselling book around the world.

Beerbohm, Max
Max Beerbohm is a famous English writer (he wrote essays, parodies and caricatures). His most famous novel is Zuleika Dobson.

Empty House - Algernon Blackwood
The Empty House is a short story by Algernon Blackwood.

Story Which Will Never Be Finished - Leonid Andreyev
A Story Which Will Never Be Finished is a short story by Leonid Andreyev, Russian playwright, novelist and short-story writer.

Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks
The Sword of Shannara is one of the most famous classic fantasy books by Terry Brooks.

Vidal, Gore
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer, known for his novels, essays and other works.

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a novel by Roald Dahl, British writer.

Perrault, Charles
(1628-1703) French writer. Charles Perrault is a famous writer and member of the Académie française. He drew from existing tales to create the genre of fairy tales.

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty is one of the favorite fairy tales for readers of all ages. You probably know that she fell asleep, but why and how? Why would beauty cause such an angst-ridden death wish for her? Read this tale.

Grendal - John Gardner
Grendal is a retelling of the Beowulf story, by John Gardner.

Magic Toyshop - Angela Carter
The Magic Toyshop is a novel by Angela Carter.

Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen
On cold and wintery days, there are those who are cold, hungry and lonely. Here's a story from Hans Christian Andersen--about a little match girl.

Country Christmas - Louisa May Alcott
A Country Christmas is a famous story by Louisa May Alcott.

Town Mouse and the Country Mouse - Aesop
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse is a favorite short work by Aesop. In short form, we're introduced to the dichotomy between the town and country (a theme in so many later works).

Star-Money - Brothers Grimm
The Star-Money is about a young girl who gives away everything... What is her reward? Read more about this folk tale by the Brothers Grimm.

Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion is a collection of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythopoeic work, published posthumously even though the original writings appear to span his entire literary career (so in some sense, the book is his first and his last). Tolkien's son collected and published the bestselling book.

Williams, Edward Christopher
Edward Christopher Williams was a student, athlete, librarian, scholar, teacher, translator, and writer (part of the Harlem Renaissance).

Nocturnal Reverie - Anne Finch
A Nocturnal Reverie is one of the most famous poems by Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea.

Araby - James Joyce
Araby is part of the short story collection, Dubliners, by James Joyce. The story is one of the most famous works by James Joyce.

Dover Beach - Matthew Arnold
Dover Beach is a famous Victorian poem by Matthew Arnold. It's a lyrical poem, first published in 1867.

Haunted House - Virginia Woolf
A Haunted House is a famous short story by Virginia Woolf.

Rocking Horse Winner - DH Lawrence
The Rocking Horse Winner is a famous short story by D.H. Lawrence. Read more about this famous story.

Morris, William
William Morris was a British poet, usually recognized as part of the Pre-Raphaelites, and also associated with the Rossettis. He was also a professional painter.

Ship of Fools - Sebastian Brant (Brandt)
Ship of Fools is a famous German satire, by Sebastian Brant (Brandt), published in 1492.

Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Young Goodman Brown was written in 1835 by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story is set in 17th century Puritan New England.

Rappaccini's Daughter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rappaccini's Daughter is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Peter Pan
J. M. Barrie created the story of Peter Pan, a boy who never grows up. He lives in Neverland, a beautiful and magical place, full of mermaids, fairies and pirates.

Passionate Shepherd to His Love - Christopher Marlowe
Passionate Shepherd to His Love is a well-known poem Christopher Marlowe.

Love Letters
Famous writers have expressed their passion through love letters. Here, you'll find a few...

Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, who wrote the work between 1308 and 1321. The work is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

The Stranger or The Outsider (L’Étranger) - Albert Camus
The Stranger or The Outsider (L’Étranger) is a novel by Albert Camus published in 1942.

Minister's Black Veil - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Minister's Black Veil is a short story, first published in 1836, and written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift
A Modest Proposal is a satirical short work by Jonathan Swift. Written in 1729, the essay suggests that the Irish eat their own children.

Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit is a novel by Charles Dickens. The work features Seth Pecksniff, an infamous villain.

Adventure of the Speckled Band - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Speckled Band is one of the Sherlock Holmes stories, written by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Fables - Jean de La Fontaine
Jean de La Fontaine's Fables includes more than 200 fables.

La Fontaine, Jean de
The fables of Jean de La Fontaine are among the best-known from French literature, of the 17th century.

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is a famous novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869.

Gift - Vladimir Nabokov
The Gift is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, Russian novelist. Nabokov is often known for his controversial book, Lolita (as well as other works).

Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and Damned is the second novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published by Scribner's in 1922, the book appears to be based on the relationship between Fitzgerald and his wife.

Villains
If there's a hero, there's usually a villain as well. Find out more about the most famous villains in literary history.

Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
Cosmicomics is a book of short stories by Italo Calvino, Italian writer. The book was first published in 1965 (the English translation was published in 1968).

Autumn of the Patriarch - Gabriel Gárcia Márquez
Although it's not one of his best-known works, The Autumn of the Patriarch, by Gabriel García Márquez, is a novel published in 1975. It's about an eternal dictator, based on the lives of real-life autocrats.

Age of Iron - J.M. Coetzee
Age of Iron is a novel by J.M. Coetzee, the award-winning author of Disgrace. Age of Iron is narrated by Mrs. Curren. Here are resources and information related to this novel (the sixth novel by J.M. Coetzee).

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged is the longest and last novel by Ayn Rand. The book was published in 1957, and is a cross between science fiction and mystery.

Romance of Tristan
The Romance of Tristan is a poem by Béroul, which comes to us in a fragmented form.

Death in the Afternoon - Ernest Hemingway
Death in the Afternoon is a nonfiction book by Ernest Hemingway, famous American writer. The book was first published in 1932, and it's about Spanish bullfighting.

Bradbury, Ray
Ray Bradbury is known as a famous American writer, with genres ranging from American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery. Fahrenheit 451 is the controversial dystopian novel, which brought him fame.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a novel by Mildred D. Taylor. The book was awarded the Newbery Medal, and it was part of a series about the Logan family during the Depression.

Bryant, William Cullen
William Cullen Bryant was an American poet, journalist and editor. He won international acclaim for his works.

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children is a famous fabalistic novel by Salman Rushdie. The book was awarded the Booker Prize, and was regarded as the best Booker-winning novel from the first twenty-five years of the competition, earning the title “Booker of Bookers.”

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse. The work explores the spiritual journey of a man during the time of Buddha.

Venus in Furs - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Venus in Furs - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

Sacher-Masoch, Leopold Ritter von
Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch was an Austrian writer and journalist. One of his most famous works was Venus in Fur.

Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Color Purple is one of the most acclaimed, controversial novels in American literature--written by Alice Walker.

Lovecraft, H.P.
H.P. Lovecraft is a famous American writer, who was not well-known while he lived. His short stories and poems are of the unusual, rather macabre sort, often compared with the works of Edgar Allan Poe. What are your thoughts on the works of H.P. Lovecraft?

Forester, C.S.
C.S. Forester was a famous British writer, known for Horatio Hornblower. In addition to his novels, he wrote biographies and articles.

Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence
Sons and Lovers is a novel by D.H. Lawrence, English poet and novelist. The novel has been controversial--it's one of the best-known works by Lawrence.

Voyage of Saint Brendan
The Voyage of Saint Brendan recounts one of the most famous stories in western literature. The work was written in Ireland in 800.

Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It's one of the most famous American short stories, often anthologized and studied in literature classes.

Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The book was first published in serial form in 1910.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Frances Hodgson Burnett was an English writer, famous for The Little Princess and The Secret Garden.

Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a novel by Victor Hugo. The famous masterwork was published in 1831.

Plea for Captain John Brown - Henry David Thoreau
A Plea for Captain John Brown was read by Henry David Thoreau to the citizens of Concord, Mass., Sunday Evening, October 30, 1859.

About Love - Anton Chekhov
About Love is a short story (1898) by Anton Chekhov. The story explores the topic of lost love and carpe diem.

Crevecoeur, Hector St John de
(1735-1813) French writer. Born Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur, Hector St John de Crevecoeur wrote pro-American writings during the Revolutionary War, including narrative essays collected in Letters from an American Farmer.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
(1875-1950) American writer. Edgar Rice Burroughs is a well-known American novelist, who created the Tarzan series along with many crime novels and science fiction works. His popular books have offered rich fodder for television and movie scripts.

Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper
The Last of the Mohicans is one of the most famous American novels by James Fenimore Cooper. The book has been controversial (and widely criticized) for a Romanticized view of the Native-American experience. This work of historical fiction is often recognized as representative of Colonial Realism.

Morrison, Toni
American writer. Toni Morrison is a Nobel laureate and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author, famous for The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved.

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Song of Solomon is a famous novel by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. The work was published in 1977, and was then awarded the National Books Critics Award. The book was a pick for Oprah's Book Club.

Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
Darkness at Noon is a novel by Arthur Koestler. Published in 1940, the novel centers around Rubashov, a Bolshevik old guard.

Koestler, Arthur
English writer. Arthur Koestler was a novelist, journalist, and critic.

Lowry, Malcolm
(1909-1957) English writer. Malcolm Lowry was a famous poet and novelist, known for Under the Volcano (1947).

Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry
Under the Volcano is a semi-autobiographical novel about Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic consul. The novel is set in 1938, on the Day of the Dead.

Age of Reason - Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason is a famous work by Thomas Paine. It's controversial (and has been banned), because it criticizes institutional religion and challenges the legitimacy of the Bible.

Llosa, Mario Vargas
Peruvian writer. Mario Vargas Llosa is a novelist, playwright, essayist, journalist, and literary critic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010.

Monkey's Paw - W.W. Jacobs
The Monkey's Paw is a famous supernatural story by W.W. Jacobs. It's often offered up as a warning: Be careful what you wish for; it just might come true.

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment (1866-1867) was written by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. The novel is a psychological drama, with a 3rd-person omniscient narrator. Read more about Raskolnikov and his crime.

Anon (Anonymous)
Anon is the author often listed when the true name of the writer is unknown. The author may wish to remain unknown for a variety of reasons. Or the person citing the source of the writing may simply not know wrote the work (or the quote).

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater - Thomas de Quincey
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is an autobiographical account by Thomas de Quincey. Originally published anonymously, the work is about his battle with addiction.

Plague - Albert Camus
The Plague is a novel by Albert Camus. This work of absurdist fiction was published in 1947. Divided into 5 parts, the book explores the philosophical perception of humanity, set against a backdrop of a nasty plague.

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by Truman Capote, published by Random House in 1958. The work was adapted to film, musical, sitcom, and theatrical forms.

Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess. The book is listed as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.

Herodias - Gustave Flaubert
Herodias is a short story, part of the collection, Three Tales by Gustave Flaubert.

Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week has been observed since 1981, with events taking place in libraries across the country. Celebrate your freedom to read.

Black History Month
is a time when we celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans. In literature, we look at writers like James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Charles W. Chesnutt, Rita Dove, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ralph Ellison, Olaudah Equiano, and others.

Diversity Awareness Month
October is Diversity Awareness Month.

Father's Day in Literature
Father's Day is celebrated the third Monday in June. Take a look at the representations of fathers in literature.

Groundhog Day or Groundhog's Day - February 2
Groundhog Day or Groundhog's Day is on February 2. If the groundhog sees its shadow, the creature will re-enter the burrow. According to weather folklore, the groundhog's shadow indicates that there will be six more weeks of wintry weather.

Library Lovers' Month
In February, we celebrate libraries--with Library Lovers' Month. Recognize the value of libraries, and find out what you can do to save your local library.

Martin Luther King Day
Martin Luther King Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the third Monday of January. The day is celebrated in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., a great African American writer.

National Library Week
National Library Week was first observed in 1958. Sponsored by the American Library Association, the NLW celebrates the contributions of libraries and libraries. We've learned a great deal from libraries!

Women's History Month - Women Writers & Famous Heroines in Literature
Women's History Month is the perfect time to celebrate the accomplishments of women writers, but it's also important to remember famous heroines, who have played such a major role in our literature. Read more about the writers, and then discover some of our most unforgettable female characters.

Exiles - James Joyce
Exiles is a play by James Joyce, famous Irish writer. Drawing upon The Dead, a short story in the collection, Dubliners, the play was published in 1918. Harold Pinter famously directed a performance in 1970.

Closely Watched Trains - Bohumil Hrabal
Closely Watched Trains is a coming-of-age story by Bohumil Hrabal, Czech author. The novel is one of Hrabal's best-known works--it was finally published in 1965, and later made into a movie.

Daphnis and Chloe - Longus
Daphnis and Chloe is the only work by Longus, Greek author from 2nd century AD. The work has been been adapted to radio, ballet, and beyond.

My Antonia - Willa Cather
My Antonia is a famous novel by Willa Cather, American Regional writer. The book is a companion work with O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark. My Antonia is a coming-of-age story, but it also describes the plight of immigrants on the American prairie.

Across the Plains - Robert Louis Stevenson
Across the Plains (1844) details Robert Louis Stevenson's account of his journey from New York to San Francisco.

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita is one of the most famous works by Vladimir Nabokov. The book was first published in English in 1955, then published in French in 1958.

Derrida, Jacques
Jacques Derrida was a famous French philosopher, known for deconstruction.

Bloomsday
James Joyce fans from around the world celebrate his legacy on Bloomsday--June 16th. The day is celebrated in at least 60 coutries, though the place to be is Dublin, Ireland. One of the many traditions on this day is to read Ulysses. You can participate in one of the look-a-like or literary contests; or you can drink Guinness.

Leprechaun Day
Leprechaun Day is celebrated on May 13. It's a day dedicated to the elves of Ireland. Catch a Leprechaun, or at least read about one.

National Poetry Month
In April, we celebrate National Poetry Month--with poetry readings, discussions, activities, and much more. Learn more about the poets!

New Year's Day
It's a whole new year! Read the literature celebrating the coming of the new year.

St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Irish literature. Read on.

Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
Waiting for Godot is a famous play by Samuel Beckett, an Irish novelist, poet, and dramatist. This absurdist drama was originally written in French, and translated to English in 1954.

Watership Down - Richard Adams
Watership Down is a fantasy novel by Richard Adams. The narrator is omniscient, and the story is told mostly from Hazel's point of view.

The Watsons - Jane Austen
The Watsons is a frament of a novel that was written by Jane Austen between 1803 and 1805.

The Waves - Virginia Woolf
The Waves is a novel by Virginia Woolf. The book is a narrative in Woolf's stream of consciousness style, and the work was first published in 1931.

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
Where the Red Fern Grows is a novel by Wilson Rawls. The book is about a boy, who raises coonhounds.

White Fang - Jack London
White Fang is a novel by Jack London. The book was originally serialized in The Outing Magazine. The Call of the Wild and White Fang are often considered London's most popular (and most well-read) works.

Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows is based on the stories Kenneth Grahame told to his son, Alastair. The book was first published in 1908. The main characters are: Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad.

The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare
The Winter's Tale is a play by William Shakespeare. Written between 1610 and 1611, the play is one of the last plays by William Shakespeare.

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea is a classic fantasy by Ursula K. Le Guin. The novel is the first in the Earthsea Series--about Ged, who is destined to be the greatest sorcerer of the world.

Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle, is a mix of science fiction and fantasy. It's the first of a series of books, which include: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters.

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights is the famous Gothic novel, written in 1847 by Emily Bronte. Read more about Emily Bronte's novel.

Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
Winesburg, Ohio, by the American author Sherwood Anderson, is a 1919 short story cycle, which is defined as a novel.

O - Characters - Last Names in Literature
Find characters with the last name starting with A, including Scarlett O'Hara, Mayor Orden, George Orr, and Ramona Ortegna. Read more about characters in literature.

Walden - Henry David Thoreau
Walden was written between 1845 and 1854, based on Henry David Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond. Read more about

War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells - 1898
H.G. Wells published The War of the Worlds in 1898, and the book has since been adapted to comic books, radio, film, stage, and even computer games.

Wild Oats - John O'Keefe
Wild Oats was first performed in 1789, and was rediscovered by the Royal Shakespeare Company and opened in 1976. It's a comedy, drawing from Shakespeare, Restoration and other bits of theatre to create an unforgettable experience.

Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, is just the first of a series of 13 Oz books by L. Frank Baum.

Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper is one of the works for which Charlotte Perkins Gilman is most famous. Read more about the story.

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) British writer.
(1952-2001) British writer. Douglas Adams is known for his science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Jane Addams (1860-1935) American writer.
(1860-1935) American writer. Jane Addams was active in the peace movement; she wrote extensively about social justice and other social service issues. She was an important figure of that period.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) British writer.
(1672-1719) British writer. Joseph Addison was a poet, essayist and playwright.

Endre Ady (1877-1919) Hungarian writer.
(1877-1919) Hungarian writer. Endre Ady is best-known for his love poems. In 1903, he published his first significant volume of poetry, Meg egyszer. He wrote some 1,000 poems and published 10 volumes of poetry in 12 years.

Aeschylus (525?-456 BC) Greek writer.
(525?-456 BC) Greek writer. Aeschylus was the first of three great Greek writers of tragedy, which included Sophocles and Euripides. Aeschylus wrote perhaps 90 plays (7 survive in full) and won 13 first prizes at the Greater Dionysia.

Aesop - Greek writer.
Greek writer. Supposedly a freed slave from Thrace, Aesop's name became attached to a collection of beast fables long transmitted through oral tradition.