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Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia is a famous collection of works by C.S. Lewis. Discover the adventures in Narnia.
A Clean Well-Lighted Place - Ernest Hemingway
A Clean Well-Lighted Place is one of Ernest Hemingway's most famous short works.
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court was published in 1889. The novel is one of Mark Twain's last works, and is thus an example of a more mature work. Read this famous classic, from Mark Twain.
Coriolanus - William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare wrote Coriolanus in 1607 or 1608. Coriolanus is a play about Roman conspiracy and the downfall of a great man.
Cry, The Beloved Country - Alan Paton
Cry, The Beloved Country was the first novel written by Alan Paton. The novel has continued to be popular in the United States since it was first published in 1948. Read more about Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton.
Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand
Cyrano de Bergerac is a play by Edmond Rostand. Rostand's famous work has been adapted to modern variations on the theme: of man falls in love with girl, can't tell her, and she falls for another man. Here are resources related to Cyrano de Bergerac.
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
David Copperfield is one of the most famous novels by Charles Dickens. This Bildungsroman was first published between May 1849 and November 1850.
Death Be Not Proud - John Donne
Death Be Not Proud is the first line and title of one of John Donne's six Holy Sonnets.
Demian - Hermann Hesse
Hermann Hess wrote Demian in 1919 after a serious of traumatic events: his son was seriously ill, his father died, his wife had a nervous breakdown, etc. Demian was published under a pseudonym, Emily Sinclair, and it was immediately successful.
Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus is a play, by Christopher Marlowe, written around 1592.
Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)
Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) was a Russian writer during the time of Stalin. He started his most famous novel, Doctor Zhivago, in the 1930s and finally published it in 1957.
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Don Quixote is a novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The novel was published in two parts: The First Part, 1604; the Second Part, 1614.
Dust Tracks on the Road - Zora Neale Hurston
Dust Tracks on the Road is an autobiography by Zora Neale Hurston. The book was written in 1942.
Electra - Sophocles
Electra is a tragedy by Sophocles. The play first appeared around 410 B.C.
Emma - Jane Austen - British Literature
Jane Austen first published Emma in 1815. The novel focuses on Emma Woodhouse, who is often compared to Austen's other heroines: Catherine Morland, Marianne Dashwood, and Elizabeth Bennet.
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story by Daniel Keyes.
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (1797-1835) - British literature
Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816. The book was published in 1818. The story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster has been made into plays, films and comics. The novelhas captivated our imagination, and affected our tales of monsters.
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
Franny and Zooey is a collection of short stories by J.D. Salinger. The stories first appeared in the New Yorker.
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Giver is a novel by Lois Lowry. The work is a dystopian novel, where society is structured, and individuals follow the plan that has been set out for their lives. Here are a few resources.
The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie is a play by Tennessee Williams. This tragedy was first published in 1945.
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens. The book is a Bildungsroman, which was written between 1860-1861. Read more about Great Expectations.
Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest works. The novel was published in 1925, and several of the main characters are: Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, Daisy, and Nick Caraway.
Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale is a famous novel by Margaret Atwood. The work has been compared to 1984, Brave New World, and other dystopian novels.
The Hound of Baskerville - Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskerville, a tale of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was first published in serial form in 1901, then in book form in 1902. It's the story of an age-old curse and it's ramifications to the Bakerville family. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on the case!
Howards End - E.M. Forster
Howards End is a Romantic novel by E.M. Forster. The book was first published in 1910.
How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar - Bret Harte
Published in 1940, Lederer, Street & Zeus (Berkeley),
Dubliners - James Joyce
Dubliners is the short story collection for which James Joyce is well-known (along with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake).
Essay on Man - Alexander Pope
An Essay on Man is a poem by Alexander Pope, published between 1732 and 1734. It's a philosophical poem, written in heroic couplets.
Highwayman - Alfred Noyes
The Highwayman, by Alfred Noyes, first appeared in Forty Singing Seamen and Other Poems in 1907. Read more about The Highwayman.
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton's House of Mirth was published in 1905. This novel of manner is about Lily Bart, a woman who knows she must marry a wealthy man in order to maintain her status in New York society. She has very little money of her own, but she is also not mercenary enough to do whatever it takes... Read more about House of Mirth.
The Iliad - Homer
The Iliad, written by Homer in the 12th century BCE, or as early as the 8th or 9th century BCE, is one of the world's greatest classics.
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest is a social comedy by Oscar Wilde. And, the play first appeared in 1895. The work satirizes Victorian manners--with light, witty lines.
In Memoriam - Alfred Lord Tennyson
In 1833, Alfred Lord Tennyson's closest friend died. He was Arthur Hallam, fiance to Tennyson's sister. In Memoriam (1850) is an elegy written in honor of Hallam. It's made up of 133 poems--all written over a 17-year period.
In Search of Lost Time - Marcel Proust
In Search of Lost Time is a semi-autobiographical novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust. The work is also sometimes referenced by its original title in English: Remembrance of Things Past.
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach is a famous work by Roald Dahl. This book has been frequently challenged and banned for its content.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Charlotte Bronte wrote her second novel, Jane Eyre, in 1847. A Bildungsroman, the book follows the development of Jane Eyre from a young child into a young woman. Charlotte Bronte published this Gothic novel under the pseudonym Currer Bell.
The Jew of Malta (ca. 1589-90) -- Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
The Jew of Malta (ca. 1589-90) was written by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593). The first two acts of this play are considered among the best Marlowe wrote.
Jo's Boys - Louisa May Alcott
Jo's Boys was a novel published by Louisa May Alcott in 1886. Read more about Jo's Boys.
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
The Joy Luck Club is a collection of short stories by Amy Tan. The root of the book centers around a group of Chinese women, and their experiences in China and the US--with the changes in culture, their relationships with their daughters, and beyond.
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy, was first published in 1895. With its controversial themes, the novel was met with negative reviews. The novel attacked many of the long-held societal institutions, which is bound to meet with some resistence. But, then too, who can forget the fate of the children in Jude the Obscure?
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling. All of the stories were published in magazines in 1893-1894.
Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
Kidnapped is a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The book is a popular adventure story, but it's also a historical novel. Kidnapped appeared in installments of a magazine, Young Folks, in 1886.
King Lear - William Shakespeare
King Lear is often considered the greatest masterpiece by William Shakespeare. The idea for the play came from a 12th-century folk tale, which is derived from even older stories. King Lear is the tragic story of madness, abuse and murder.
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess, is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The work first appeared as Sara Crewe, or What Happened At Miss Minchin's (1888), a serialized novella. Burnett revised and expanded the work, and published A Little Princess in 1905.
Little Red Riding Hood
The evolution of the Little Red Riding Hood fascinating tale is fascinating, and educational, including the folktales, the Grimms' version, and more.
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Little Women, or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy was a novel published by Louisa May Alcott in two parts in 1868 and 1869. Her editor, Thomas Niles, recommended that she write a book for girls. Read more about Little Women.
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien is a three-volume set, consisting of: Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.
The Lost Girl - D.H. Lawrence
The Lost Girl is a novel by D.H. Lawrence. The book was first published in 1920.
Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton
The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton, was first published in 1907. Read more about The Man Who Was Thursday.
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
Published in 1856, Gustave Flaubert's Madame Flaubert was banned and the author was prosecuted.
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Mansfield Park was written by Jane Austen between 1811 and 1813. Fanny Price leaves extreme poverty behind, as she goes to live with her aunt and uncle. Read more about Mansfield Park.
Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
Master and Margarita is a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov. The first draft of the novel was completed in 1930, but Bulgakov destroyed it. Subsequent drafts were completed in 1936 and 1937. His wife completed the work between 1940-41. Versions of the work were published in 1966 and 1967. Complete versions of the text were published in 1967 and 1973.
Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge was published in 1886. Hardy tells the tale of Michael Henchard, a young man who gets drunk and sells his wife and daughter to a sailor.
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Middlemarch is a novel by George Eliot (pseudonym for Mary Ann Evans). This epic work was first published in 1871. The book is one of the greatest Victorian novels.
Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville, first appeared in 1851. The novel is an adventure epic about an obsessive search for a white whale. Discover the tragic tale of Moby Dick.
Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
In Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick, who begins the play determined to remain a bachelor, is tricked into falling in love with Beatrice amidst many diversions.
The Nibelungen - German Mythology - Myth and Folklore
German Mythology. The Nibelungen were a race of dwarves, who hoarded an immense treasure of gold and jewels.
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey is a relatively short nvel by Jane Austen about Catherine Morland. The early title for the novel was Susan.
Odyssey - Homer
Homer's Odyssey is one of the most famous adventure tales in literary history. After the Trojan War is over, and Odysseus is on his way home to Ithaca, he faces monsters and numerous other harrowing obstacles.
Oedipus the King - Sophocles
Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) is a play by Sophocles. The play was first performed in 428 BC.
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea (1952) was Ernest Hemingway's last work. It was for this work that he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
On the Road is a novel by Jack Kerouac. This autobiographical book was published in 1957. On the Road is an important representation of the Beat Generation.
Our Town - Thornton Wilder
Our Town is an important American play by Thornton Wilder. This 3-act play is one of the most frequently performed American plays; and the work is often studied in the classroom.
Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen
Out of Africa is a memoir about Isak Dinesen's years in Kenya. Isak Dinesen was the pseudonym for Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke. Read more about Out of Africa.
OED (Oxford English Dictionary)
The OED (Oxford English Dictionary) is considered one of the greatest dictionaries ever created.
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
A Passage to India is a novel by E.M. Forster. The book was first published in 1924.
Necklace - Guy de Maupassant
The Necklace is one of the best known short stories by Guy de Maupassant. The work has been anthologized, as it offers an intriguing character study.
Miss Lonelyhearts - Nathanael West
Miss Lonelyhearts is a novel by Nathanael West. The novel was published 1933--West's second book. A black comedy, the work has been adapted to the big screen. The work is also referenced in Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle.
The Ox-Bow Incident - Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Ox-Bow Incident, by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, is a 1940 western novel. The story is told in the first-person perspective by Art Croft. In the book, two drifters are drawn into a posse formed to hunt down the murderer of a local man.
Perelandra - C.S. Lewis
Perelandra is a book by C.S. Lewis. The novel is the second novel in his science fiction series.
Persuasion - Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen, finally appeared in 1818, after Jane Austen's death. Read more about Anne Elliott and Captain Frederick Wentworth.
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth is a modern fairy tale by Norton Juster. He travels to the Kingdom of Wisdom. Read more about this great little story.
Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel Oscar Wilde ever published.
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
Pilgrim's Progress is an allegorical novel by John Bunyan. Bunyan was in prison (he violated a law regarding holding religious meetings) when he wrote the novel in 1675; the book was published in 1678.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is one of the most well-known works by James Joyce. The book is largely autobiographical, and was first published in 1916. Read more about A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, though the novel was written between 1796 and 1813. The setting is in Longbourn, England, and the story is about Elizabeth Bennett; her sisters: Jane, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia; Mr. Darcy; etc.
Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, first appeared in 1912. The play centers around Eliza Doolittle.
The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane never experienced the Civil War; yet, he became famous for his depiction of a young man experiencing the terror of battle and death in The Red Badge of Courage.
The Reef - Edith Wharton
The Reef is a novel by Edith Wharton. Published in 1912, the book centers around the story of four Americans in Paris.
Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day is the third novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Japanese-British writer. The novel was awarded the Booker Prize, and it was adapted to film and radio.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was first published in Lyrical Ballads (1798), which is often used to define the birth of British Romantic literature.
Rip van Winkle - Washington Irving
Rip van Winkle is a famous short story, in which a man falls asleep and wakes years later to find that he has slept the years away. The work is by Washington Irving.
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719) was his first novel. The novel was based on the tale of a shipwrecked seaman, Alexander Selkirk. Read more about Robinson Crusoe.
A Rose for Emily - William Faulkner
A Rose for Emily is a famous short story by William Faulkner. The work has Gothic, horrific overtones, as we discover the truth behind Miss Emily Grierson's long-lost lover.
The Rover - Aphra Behn
The Rover is a famous (and controversial) play by Aphra Behn.
Recognitions - William Gaddis
Recognitions is a novel, published in 1955, by William Gaddis. The work is known for its complexity, but it's also been recognized as one of the top 100 books by Time Magazine.
Restlessness - D.H. Lawrence
Restlessness is a poem by D.H. Lawrence.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a novel by Muriel Spark. Published in 1961, the novel centers around a teacher at a private Edinburgh school.
The Three Bears or Goldilocks and The Three Bears
The Story of the Three Bears or Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a favorite story about a young girl and her adventures in the place where three bears live.
Samson Agonistes - John Milton
Samson Agonistes is a blank verse tragedy by John Milton. The play appeared in 1671.
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen's first published novel, in 1811. She wrote the novel between 1795 and 1810. The novel features Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars, and was a success during the Austen's lifetime.
Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were a series of novels and stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). With his famous detective duo, Doyle became one of the highest paid writers of his time.
A Simple Heart - Three Tales - Gustave Flaubert
A Simple Heart is one of the works in Three Tales by Gustave Flaubert. The collection was published in 1877, and is Flaubert's final finished work.
Sir Gawain - British literature - Classic Literature
Of all the metrical romances, none approach in beauty the anonymous Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a poem of the mid-14th century, one of the most exquisite pieces of medieval literature extant.
Skin of Our Teeth - Thornton Wilder
The Skin of Our Teeth was Thornton Wilder's sixth play. Published in 1942, this play takes in the Ice Age, the Flood, and the Napoleonic Wars in its romp through history.
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five is a novel by Kurt Vonnegut. The full title is Slaughterhouse-Five; or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death. The novel was first published in 1969, and it is recognized as an American classic.
The Storm - Kate Chopin
The Storm is a famous short story by Kate Chopin, who is perhaps best known for her controversial novel: The Awakening. This story appeared as part of her collected works in 1969.
The Story of My Life - Helen Keller
The Story of My Life is the story of Helen Keller, American writer, lecturer and activist.
Stuart Little - E.B. White
Stuart Little is a story by E.B. White. Published in 1945, the book is about Stuart Little, who has the shy, pleasant manner of a mouse.
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is the second historical novel by Charles Dickens. The book is a popular work for study in high school English classes, and it takes place before and during the French Revolution.
The Tempest - William Shakespeare
The Tempest is a dreamy and magical play by William Shakespeare. First published in 1623, this romance is set on an island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), by Thomas Hardy, was popular and controversial. The novel was rejected by several publishers when Hardy first attempted to publish it, so he revised the novel and change the title (from Too Late Beloved).
The Thibaults - Roger Martin du Gard
The Thibaults is by Roger Martin du Gard. The work is made up of 800 pages, and it chronicles a Parisian family.
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs is a favorite fairy tale about three pigs who go off on their own, and experience the big, bad wolf.
Three Tales - Gustave Flaubert
Three Tales (Trois Contes) is a work by Gustave Flaubert that was originally published in French in 1877.
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson is a novel by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). The work was first serialized in Century Magazine, beginning in 1893. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson is a detective story.
The Turn of the Screw (1898) Henry James
The Turn of the Screw (1898), by Henry James, is a famous ghost story, which involves a governess and her two charges, Miles and Flora. The novella is a framed, first-person narrative, and a masterpiece of psychological fiction.
Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen
The Snow Queen is a tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The work first appeared in 1845.
African American Literature - Classic Literature
The diverse and distinguished body of writing that is African American literature presents some of the best examples of the American investigation of the question of identity.
American Theater / Drama
American theater is filled with writers like Robert Hunter, Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Thomas Godfrey, and Arthur Miller. Read more about American plays.
What have writers said about the Civil War, the American Revolution, and beyond? Read more about American soldiers in times of war.
English Literature -- British Literature
Here, you'll find additional resources related to English literature.
British Theatre - Drama History - Plays & Playwrights
The history of British Theatre is filled with writers: Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, John Dryden, Ben Jonson, Thomas Kyd, John Lyly, Christopher Marlowe, and many more. Read about the plays and the playwrights.
Critics & Theorists - Find a Figure in Literary Theory & Criticism
Find important figures in the study of literary theory and criticism, including Mikhail Bakhtin, Cleanth Brooks, Sigmund Freud, and others. Discover the approaches/paradigms with which these theorists and writers are linked. Read on...
Jobs and Careers for Teachers
If you're looking for a job as a teacher of literature, these resources should start you on your way... Find sites for posting jobs, finding jobs, with tips and tricks that should help you land a a teaching position in your field.
Journals in Literary Theory and Criticism
Read more about how literary theory is being used to study great works of literature.
Ulysses - James Joyce
Read more about Ulysses, one of the greatest works of the 20th century. James Joyce is the author. He's well-known for his short story series, Dubliners, for A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Finnegans Wake.
Native American Literature
Read some of the great resources that are available in Native American literary study. Read the stories, get a taste for the curriculum and enjoy.
Just don't do it! Plagiarism is when you steal the ideas from another writer. Whether you use the content without proper attribution or authorization, or you just try to copy the ideas closely, it's WRONG! In the academic environment, plagiarists may be placed on academic probation (or they may experience more serious ramifications).
So Big - Edna Ferber
So Big received the Pulitzer Prize in 1924, and is considered by many to be the Edna Ferber's most popular work.
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, was published in 1937. Janie Mae Crawford embraces life with a defiant self-reliance in her awakened state of self-awareness.
This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise was published by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920. It was Fitzgerald's first novel.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, tells the story of a young girl, Jean Louise Scout Finch. The novel was popular at the time of its publication, though the book has also encountered censorship battles. Recently, librarians voted the book the best novel of the 20th century.
A View from the Bridge - Arthur Miller
A View from the Bridge is a play by Arthur Miller. The play was first published in 1955.
Writing a Literature Paper - Classic Literature
If you're looking for help in writing a paper or report about literature, some of these ideas should help you on your way...
Writing Prompts in Literature
Whether you're in a literature class or you're studying literature for your personal education and enjoyment, writing prompts are a great way to connect with what you're reading! You can also use prompts to get past writer's block when you're writing an essay about authors and/or literature. Here are a few writing prompts to get you started. (You can also use these prompts over and over as you read different works, or find yourself in a different place with your reading experience.)
Writing Software - Writing Literature Essays
If you're looking for electronic help with your writing skills, these software programs offer tools for outlining, brainstorming, correcting your grammar and usage, creating notes, and much more. Read on...
English & Writing Tests
We all have to take them, and they are not always that easy to pass... These pages provide information and resources that should help you fly through your writing proficiency exams.
03 - March
What does March make you imagine? Here are resources related to the month of March.
American West Literature
Accesses Western manuscript collections, newspapers, articles, and writer's profiles.
In the context of literary theory, a paradigm (a set of assumptions) or an approach is used to study a work of literature. A poem may be studied using a mythological approach, which may take into account universal patterns or archetypes. The same work of literature could be studied using a sociological, psychological, historical, or a deconstructionist approach, which could yield very different results. Find out why these critical approaches are so important to the study of literature.
In the context of literary theory, a paradigm (a set of assumptions) or an approach is used to study a work of literature. A poem may be studied using a mythological approach, which may take into account universal patterns or archetypes. The same work of literature could be studied using a sociological, psychological, historical, or other approach, which could yield very different results.
Jewish American Literature
Read more about the liteature from Jewish Americans, with stories from Jewish immigrants, and including the work of Tillie Olsen and Cynthia Ozick.
Nymphs - Greek Mythology - Mythology and Folklore - Classic literature
Greek Mythology. The Nymphs are female spirits of nature. They dwell in groves and fountains, forests, meadows, streams, and the sea.
Pulitzer Prize - By Author
Which classic authors were awarded the Pulitzer Prize? Take a look at these resources related to Edith Wharton, Booth Tarkington, Eugene O'Neill, Willa Cather, and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
The Presidents in Literature
Great words of literature were written by American Presidents of the past. Read more about how the America's greatest leaders relate to literature. Read on.
The structure of a work of literature is often shaped by the type or genre of literature.
Ancient / Prehistoric Literature
Do you enjoy learning about the most ancient works of literature? Read more here.
Imagination - Imagining
How does the imagination relate to literature? What is it? Why is it important?
In Utopian literature, the setting of the work is a perfect place, a paradise.
Dystopian Literature - Dystopia
Dystopian literature is the opposite of utopian literature--it's set in a time when things have gone very wrong. The setting may even be nightmarish or apocalyptic.
What is Bibliomania? Why is it important?
Connection / Relationship - Theme
Making connection with other human beings is one of our most basic desires in life. And, many writers have written about connection, relationships and other related themes in literature.
Country / City - Theme
Country versus city/town is a basic theme in literature. Characters from different background/setting introduce other ways of thinking, living and being.
The history of literature began with the invention of writing. Discover poetry, plays and more--all from the ancient world. Ancient literary works include: The Odyssey by Homer, The Iliad by Homer, The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous, The Aeneid by Virgil, and Antigone (and so many more)!
The Jazz Age was a free-spirited time in the 1920's. The works of F. Scott Fitzgerald are often seen as being representative of the time.
Afternoon is the time between noon and 6 pm.
02 - February
What does February make you imagine? Here are resources related to the month of February.
G - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including Ghosts, Gone With the Wind, Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby, Gulliver's Travels.
L - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including The Lady of Shallot, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ligeia, and The Lord of the Rings.
M - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including Madame Bovary, My Last Duchess, and more.
S - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including The Scarlet Letter, Sense and Sensibility, Sir Gawain, Song of Myself, and more.
W - Titles in Literature
Find War of the Worlds, Wild Oats, and other titles in literature.
Realism was a literaray epoch spanning the years 1865-1900. Writers from that period include: Henry Adams, Horatio Alger, Frank Baum, Edward Bellamy, Kate Chopin, and others.
There are a variety of reasons you may want to read a beginner classic. And, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy these classic books! Read these favorite classics.
B - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including Beowulf, Billy Budd, Sailor, and Brave New World.
So, you're in a college literature class? Or maybe you're preparing to start an English class soon? What do you read? What will be expected of you? Here are some books that you may want to know.
C - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including The Call of the Wild, The Canterbury Tales, A Christmas Carol, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, Coriolanus, and The Country Wife.
Enlightenment - Classic Literature
The main figures of the Age of Enlightenment during the 18th century are: Descartes, Pascal, Bayles, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.
Internet resources on Metaphysical Poets.
Modernism - Find Modern Literature
Modernism is a period, extending from 1860 to the present. Modernity may involve a departure from tradition.
Naturalism - Classic Literature
Naturalism was a movement in literature, which developed out of Realism. Emile Zola was the founder of the school. Other writers were: Guy de Maupassant, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, James T. Farrel, Henrik Ibsen, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Maxim Gorky.
Renaissance - Discover the Renaissance
(1485-1603) The Renaissance (rebirth) featured the works of William Shakespeare, Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Sir Walter Raleigh, Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, and many other writers. Read more about Renaissance literature.
Restoration - Discover the Restoration
(1660-1702) The Restoration featured the works of writers like William Congreve, Aphra Behn, George Farquhar, and other writers. Read more about the Restoration.
Romanticism - Find the Romantic Period
Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the late 18th century. The Romantic period saw an overflowing of emotions, with
Surrealism - Movement - Classic Literature
Surrealism is a literary and artistic movement. Andre Breton is recognized as the founder of this movement.
Transcendentalism was a movement in American literature that covered from about 1836 until 1860. Writers include Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Victorianism - Find the Victorian Period
The Victorian Era generally coveres a period of time when Queen Victoria was on the throne, from 1837 to 1901. The Industrial Revolution was taking place. Writers from this period include: Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Oscar Wilde, and others.
High School Reading
Here's a list of books that often appear on reading lists for each grade level in high school. These lists are also great resources for readers of all ages and skill levels.
Colonialism - Find Colonial Literature
Colonialism involves the expansion of nationalism. Colonial literature often explores the exploitation of the place or people, or a discovery of new lands.
Animals are the subject of many stories, novels, and poems. Whether you enjoy reading about wild animals or domestic pets, read more about your favorite critters in literature.
Bibliotherapy - Relief
How can books make a difference in your life? Many events in our lives can affect our health dramatically. Reading books may be able to help you with some of those traumatic events and hardships, and doctors can often give you specific ideas about how to incorporate the relief of books into your treatment.
Get an overview of this writing group, a list of its authors, links to profiles of each, and a list of modernist authors influenced by the group.
Gothic - Find Gothic Literature
The period for Gothic Literature is generally dated from 1764 to 1840, and includes writers like Eliza Parsons, Ann Letitia Akikin Barbauld, Horace Walpole, Thomas Peckett Prest, Ann Radcliffe, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Cavalier Poets - British Literature - Classic Literature
The Cavalier poets were writers, who were loyal to Charles I (1625â€“49). These poets included: George Wither, Thomas Carew, Sir John Suckling, Richard Lovelace, Edmund Waller, and Robert Herrick.
Classical Literature - What is Classical Literature?
What is Classical Literature, and how do we differentiate it from a Classic or Classic Literature? Find out about Homer, Aeschylus, Horace, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Hesiod, Virgil, Sophocles, Plutarch, and other great writers in Classical Literature.
DaDaism was a Nihilistic movement in the arts, taking place in France, Switzerland, and Germany from about 1916 to about 1920. Read more about DaDaism.
Harlem Renaissance - American Literature
The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in American literature that took place in New York City during the 1920s and 30s. Writers included Countee Cullen, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, and Jean Tommer.
Holocaust Literature includes the memoirs, poetry, diaries, stories and other works that came out of the Third Reich and World War II. Anne Frank is one of the most famous voice in Holocaust Literature.
Irish Renaissance - Classic Literature
Read all about Ireland's literary renaissance, get author biographies, find out about the Abbey Theater, or follow links. The Irish Renaissance covers a period from the 1890s through the 1920s in Ireland.
The Lake Poets were a group of English poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and William Wordsworth. The lived in the
Find information and resources related to the Lost Generation of American Writers.
Medieval - Old & Middle English - Middle Ages
(1350-1485) The Medieval period of literature featured the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, Margary Kempe, Sir Gawain, Everyman, Julian of Norwich, and many other writers. Read more about Medieval, Middle English and Old English.
Multiculturalism in Literature - Diversity Study - Classic Literature
Multiculturalism and diversity study has become an essential part of understanding literary works. Although this study can become controversial, many teachers teach multiculturalism in literature, as a way of opening minds to diverse cultures from around the world.
Activism / Protest
Protest Literature has existed in different forms throughout literary history. Some of the greatest writers in history have employed their talents toward awakening the public to injustices locally and world-wide.
Puritanism - Puritan Literature
The Puritans were radical Protestants, a group that developed after the Reformation.
Religion in Literature
Should religion be a part of literature study? Should a teacher bring religious references into the literature classroom? There's some debate about whether it's necessary to incorporate references to the Bible in literary study. You'll find resources here, but what do you think?
Controversy is often a part of the study of religious literature, while these works are often banned and ignored in academic circles. Should religious literature be banned? Studied?
Banned Books - Censorship
Great works of literature have been banned: Ulysses, Candide, Fanny Hill, Moll Flanders, Canterbury Tales, The Arabian Nights, Leaves of Grass, Civil Disobedience, Frankenstein, Call of the Wild, religious works like The Bible and The Quaran, and so many others.
Fairy tales describe the fantastical activities of supernatural creatures: elves, gnomes, nymphs, etc. While traditionally intended for children, fairy tales have also been draw into the field of literary theory. And, how many books are based on the story of Cinderella and other fairy tales?
A work of fantasy often incorporates highly imaginative elements. Some fantasies include dream-like imagery, daydreams, and alternate reality. Read more about fantasy.
The term fiction is particularly used in discussion of the novel after the usage of the American novelist Henry James (1843-1916).
Folklore is the transmission of traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices. These tales are unwritten literature: stories, prverbs and songs. Folklore is an essential part of every culture.
To inspire is to motivate, influence, move, or guide. The literature of that sort may have a religious slant, but the literature can also offer advice about how to write or read literature. Some of the greatest writers in history have created inspirational literature.
Writers like Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson created stories of adventure and intrigue that captures the imagination of the young reader. Other authors include: E.B. White, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anna Sewell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, Louisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, and others.
Legend - Find a Legend
A legend is a story, handed down. Often the legend is romanticized, growing in scope until the figure appears larger than life in the retelling. Read more about the tales and legends.
Life / Living - Theme
E.M. Forster once said: We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Read what writers have to say about this thing called life.
What does it mean to walk in the footsteps of famous writers? Just imagine taking a tour that follows the journey of a famous literary character.
A memoir is a literary genre, usually linked as a sub-category of autobiography.
Mystery + Crime Fiction
Mystery Fiction began around 1790. Early works include the Tales by Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville's Benito Cereno. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, appeared in the late 1800's.
Writers like Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, Charles Dudley Warner, Isabella Lucy Bird, Thomas Bewick, and others have helped to make nature writing what it is today.
A novel is a fictional narrative in prose. A novel writer may employ plot, character, setting, point of view, style, tone, language, theme, and symbolism.
Poetry - Read More About Poems & Poets
Poetry is the work of a poet, often involving imaginative language or composition.
Which of the greatest classics might be of interest to teenagers? Here are a few articles and resources related to books for teens.
Bullying / Social Aggression / Terrorism / Violence - Theme
It might start with simple acts of bullying, but social aggression can turn into something far more terrible: horrors beyond what we'd like to imagine. With terrorism happening all over the world, it's no wonder incidents creep into literature. Discover stories, poems, and other works. It's the literature of social aggression, but also: massacres, acts of war and terrorist attacks.
Many of the greatest writers have written about their travels around the world. Travel can be filled with adventure and exploration--of the people and places, but also of the interior landscapes of the mind and consciousness.
Wars & Literature - Wars in Literature
War is filled with drama, with some of the most basic human emotions: fear and hatred, along with intervening moments of faith, love, and hope. Read about literature from all of the major wars.
Action & Adventure Literature - Genre
Does the main character scale large mountains, go on amazing adventures on land or at sea, overcome amazing obstacles, travel to never-before-seen places? It's action... it's adventure... and these authors offer unforgettable, pulse-bounding fiction and non-fiction literature.
A biography is an account of a person's life from birth to death. The biography focuses on the individual, and often also discusses the development of the writer, with stylistic characteristics and influences.
Captivity Narratives presented quite sensational stories. The narrative detailed the capture and deliverance of Puritans. Mary Rowlandson's The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, is one of the most famous captivity narratives.
Centaurs have the body of a horse, with the torso of a man.
A changeling is a creature (fairy, troll or elf) left in the place of a human child.
Drama / Plays - Theater Productions
The dramatic arts have played an important part in world literature since the Greeks first wrote their plays. Read more about how drama and theater have evolved through the centuries.
An essay is a short literary composition. The essay may incorporate sources, which support the thesis of the paper, or it may pervay only the personal opinion of the writer. Read more about the essay.
Read about the stories of families: tragedies, triumphs and reconciliations. Crossing oceans and continents, these sagas tell of families who strove to make a better life.
Ghost stories aren't just for reading on Halloween. Read about the spooky tales from around the world, including The Monkey Paw and other ghoulish tales.
Goblins are evil or mischievous creatures. Christina Rossetti famously wrote about goblins in her poem, Goblin Market.
Historical fiction is a popular genre because we get to learn something about history while we enjoy a work of fiction.
Humor - Funny or Laughable Literature
Humorous literature makes the reader laugh. The work may cause amusement with comedy or absurdity. Read more about humor.
Myth / Mythology
A myth is a sacred or symbolic story from the past, and it may be ritualistic in nature. A myth may describe the origins of a people, or explain customs or traditions.
Nonfiction - Essays
Nonfiction is prose writing that is not fictional. Many great writers have created nonfiction works: collections of essays, travel writings, writings about nature, reviews, and more.
Pegasus is a mythical creature in the form of a horse with wings.
Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas More, Sir Francis Bacon, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and other writers are often considered early contributors to science fiction.
A short story is an invented prose narrative, usually involving few characters.
Storytelling - Classic Literature
Find information and resources related to storytelling.
A-to-Z Characters in Literature
Find information and resources for characters from around the world. The names are listed by last name, ranging from A (Nick Adams, Frankie Adams, Captain Ahab, Isabel Archer, Newland Archer, and Martin Arrowsmith) to Z.
Awareness - Awakening in Literature - Writing for the Heart and Soul
Authors sometimes touch upon something that is hard to define. It's a chord in another human being. Perhaps, it even touches the reader to the core (or the soul). While it's difficult to describe (since it's so different for each reader), this phenomenon is often described as an awakening experience. It may involve a new awareness or an epiphany. It may be a new understanding of self, needs or wants. Or, it may be a new appreciation of life, an eye-opening experience that makes the reader understand how precious life is, and how important it is to live every moment. Just think about the books that have changed your life!
B - Writers - Last Names in Liteature
Find writers with the last name starting with B, including Francis Bacon, James Baldwin, Honre de Balzac, Frank Baum, Vicki Baum, Pierre Beaumarchais, George Becke, Bede, Aphra Behn, David Belasco, Beowulf, Ambrose Bierce, William Blake, Maurice Blanchot, James Boswell, William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, the Bronte sisters, Rupert Brooke, etc.
Cerberus - Greek Mythology - Monster - Classic Literature
Greek Mythology. Monster. This creature guarded the underworld.
Archetypes & Character Types
A character is a person portrayed in an artistic manner in a novel, poem, or other work. The person may personify a particular role, which may be archetypal or symbolic in nature--with physical or psychological features.
Chimaera - Greek Mythology - Monster.
Greek Mythology. Monster. Chimaera was part dragon, part goat, and part lion.
C - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find writers with the last name starting with C... Writers include: Callimachus, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Luís Vaz de Camões, Giosuè Carducci, Bliss William Carman, Lewis Carroll, Margaret Cavendish, Geoffrey Chaucer, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Kate Chopin, John Cleland, John Michael Coetzee, Samuel Coleridge, Colette, William Congreve, Joseph Conrad, James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Crane, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, and Countee Cullen.
D - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find authors/writers with the last name starting with D, including: Charles Dawin, Rebecca Harding Davis, Christine dePizan, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Frederick Douglass, Theodore Dreiser, Dryden, W.E.B. Du Boise, and Alexandre Dumas.
E - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find writers with the last name starting with E, including: Jose Echegaray, Jonathan Edwards, George Eliot, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Ellison, Emerson, George Etherege, and Euripides.
Fairies in Folklore - Mythology and Folklore
Comprehensive information resource on fairy folk. Read fairy poetry, get a guide to Gaelic pronunciation, and access a catalog of fairy trails.
H - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find writers with the last name starting with H, including: Thomas Hardy, Bret Harte, Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lafcadio Hearn, Heloise, Ernest Hemingway, George Herbert, Hermann Hesse, Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse, Oliver Wendell Holmes, A.E. Housman, Victor Hugo, Zora Neale Hurston, and Aldous Huxley.
I - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find writers with the last name starting with I, including: Henrik Ibsen, and Washington Irving.
A Leprechaun is a trickster-like elf (a class of faerie folk), from Ireland. The word comes from
Mermaid Mythology - Classic Literature
Features legends about mermaids, water sprites, and forest nymphs who marry mortal men, including
Mummies has been the stuff of literature and legends for centuries. Mummy is the word for a dead, embalmed body. It comes from the Persian mum or wax. Mummies are associated with Egyptian artifacts and legends, though there was cross-over into the Assyrian, Jewish, Persian, and Scythian cultures.
The phoenix is a mythical Arabian bird.
Trickster - Myths and Legends
Trickster appears in many of the world's mythologies, including Native-American, African and Chinese tales. His socially unacceptable behavior stands as a lesson to the people. Trickster also appears in literature and literary criticism discussions as well.
Chinese Writers - From China
Read more about Chinese writers, from China.
Dramatists / Playwrights
Is all the world a stage, and are we only players? Some of the greatest writers in literary history have been dramatists / playwrights. Discover Shakespeare, Shaw, Marlowe, Wilde, Williams, and more great writers.
Essayists - Essay Writers
Writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Voltaire were all accomplished essayists. Read more about essayists.
L - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find writers with the last name starting with L, including: C.S. Lewis, Gaston Leroux, Selma Otti Lagerlöf, Madame de Lafayette, Charles Lamb, William Langland, D.H. Lawrence, and Mikhail Lermontov.
M - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find writers with the last name starting with M, including: MacLeish, Maeterlinck, Mahfouz, Mailor, Sir Malory, Mann, Marlowe, Marlowe, Maupassant, Mauriac, Melville, Meredith, John Stuart Mill, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Miller, Miller, Milne, Milton, Frédéric Mistral, Molière, Mommsen, Montgomery, More, and Muir.
N - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find authors/writers with the last name starting with N, including: V.S. Naipaul, and Novalis.
O - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find authors/writers with the last name starting with O, including: Flannery O'Connor, Frank O'Connor, John O'Keefe, Eugene O'Neill, O. Henry (Henry Sydney Porter), and George Orwell.
P - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find authors/writers with the last name starting with P, including: Thomas Paine, Dorthy Parker, Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Cesare Pavese, Alexander Pope, and Sully Prudhomme.
Poets - Poetry Writers
Poets are writers of poems. Some of our greatest writers have been poets. The term poet is usually reserved for those writers of exceptional or good poetry. Read on.
S - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find authors/writers with the last name starting with S, including: Marquis de Sade, George Sand, Sappho, Jean-Paul Satre, Scott, William Shakespeare, Shaw, Shelley, Percy Shelley, Richard Sheridan, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Upton Sinclair, Felicia Skene, Edmund Spenser, John Steinbeck, Stowe, Stoker, and more.
Find information and resources about Spanish writers: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Jose Echegaray, and more.
W - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find authors/writers with the last name starting with W, including: Horace Walpole, Booker T. Washington, Evelyn Waugh, H.G. Wells, Nathaniel West, Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Tennessee Williams, Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf, William Wordsworth, and more.
Y - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find authors/writers with the last name starting with Y, including William Butler Yeats.
What does January make you imagine? Here are resources related to the month of January.
04 - April
What does April make you imagine? Here are resources related to the month of April.
07 - July
What does July make you imagine? Here are resources related to the month of July and literature. July was renamed for Julius Caesar.
08th Century AD - Writers
With the 8th century, Li Po, Du Fo, and other writers lived and wrote. Cynewulf, wrote
07th Century AD - Writers
In the 7th century, the Qur'an was written. Also, the history of English poetry is believed to begin in the 7th century.
09th Century AD - Writers
In the 9th century, Gottschalk was writing poetry and A Thousand and One Nights first appeared around 900. Read more about 9th-century writers.
11th Century AD - Writers
The 11th century lasts from 1001-1100 AD. Read more about The Tale of Genji, and other works.
12th Century AD - Writers
The 12th century lasts from 1101-1200 AD. It was the time of Abelard and Heloise, and other writers. Read more about 12th century writers.
15th Century AD - Writers
The 15th century lasts from 1401-1500 AD. Discover the famous works of Sir Thomas Malory, John Lydgate, and other 15th-century writers.
18th Century AD - Writers
The 18th century lasts from 1701-1800. Discover the works of Samuel Johnson, Jonathan Swift, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and other 18th-century writers.
19th-Century Women Writers
The 19th century gave us women writers like Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, George Eliot, Mary Shelley, Helen Hunt Jackson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Christina Rossetti, George Sand, Felicia Skene, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others. Read more about the lives and works of these women.
20th Century AD - Writers
The 20th century lasts from 1901-2000. This century features writers like James Joyce, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, D.H. Lawrence, H.G. Wells, and many other literary greats!
King Arthur is a figure in medieval history and legend. Poetry, stories, and novels have been written about King Arthur and his knights.
Find information and resources for Canadian Writers like Lucy Maude Montgomery, Bliss William Carman, Margaret Atwood, and others.
French Writers - From France, etc.
Read more about French writers, from France, including: Peter Abelard, Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, Honre de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Andre Breton, Albert Camus, Guy de Maupassant, Alexandre Dumas, Gustave Flaubert, Victor Hugo, and others.
German Writers - From Germany
Discover information about German writers: Bertolt Brecht, Anne Frank, Johann Goethe, Franz Kafka, and more.
Hungarian Writers - From Hungary
Discover information about Hungarian writers: Endre Ady, and others.
Writers like Juana Inés de la Cruz and Carlos Fuentes are among the well-known writers in Mexican literature. Read more about Mexican writers.
October Literary Events
What's happening in October that's related to books and literature? Take a look here!
Writers like Camões are among the most famous in Portuguese literature, but you'll also find other pages and resources related to Gil Vicente (1470?-1536?), Diogo do Couto (1542-1616), António Feliciano de Castilho (1800-75), and others.
Find information and resources about Russian writers: Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, and more.
07th Century AD - Literary History
The 7th century lasts from 601-700 AD. Read more about the 7th century in literature.
11 - November Literary Events
What's happening in November that's related to books and literature? Take a look here!
12 - December
What does December make you imagine? Here are resources related to the month of December and literature.
13th Century AD - Literary History
The 13th century lasts from 1201-1300 AD. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) wrote Summa contra Gentiles and Summa Theologica. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy). Read more about the 13th century AD in literature.
15th Century AD - Literary History
The 15th century lasts from 1401-1500 AD. Sir Thomas Malory wrote Le Morte d'Arthur in 1485. John Lydgate wrote The Siege of Thebes in 1420. Read more about 15th-century literature.
19th Century AD - Literary History
The 19th century lasts from 1801-1900 in the Gregorian calendar. In France, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) wrote
20th Century AD - Literary History
The 20th century lasts from 1901-2000. John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath was first published in 1939; James Joyce's Ulysses was published in 1922; J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was published; T.S. Eliot created The Wasteland. Read more about the 20th century in literature.
9th Century - Literary History
The 9th Century AD lasts from 801-900 AD. In Germany, Gottschalk (805-870) was writing poetry. 900 also saw the beginnings of A Thousand and One Nights. Read more about the 9th century in literature.
Books on How to Read
If you're looking for more resources related to the topic of How to Read, here are top picks for your perusal.
Collecting Harry Potter
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowlings is fast becoming among of the most collectible books. Read more about the series, and why it's so hotly collected.
Fall in Literature
Fall or autumn is a descent or decline toward the end of the year. In many parts of the world, the trees become dormant and the leaves change to red, orange, and gold before falling to earth. In literature, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Blake, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, and others have written about autumn. Read more about fall in literature.
Theory and Criticism - Find a Paradigm
Literary theory/criticism is generally understood to be set of principles that can be used to classify or analyze literary works. Explore these sites and resources to learn more about how to understand literary theory and criticism. Also, find out how to use literary theory to write about literature.
Test how much you know, or don't know, about literary figures in history. It's lots of fun.
New Releases - Classics
Here's a list of books newly released (or re-printed). Take a look at these titles by the month and year they were released. Enjoy reading the classics.
Spring in Literature
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. The snows of winter melt away, flowers bloom, and all the world seems new again. Read about how writers have employed the theme of Spring.
What does it mean to teach literature? How can you overcome the challenges of helping your students to understand (and appreciate) the classics? Here are resources related to teaching literature.
Studying for a literature test requires different tactics, depending on whether you're studying for a multiple choice test, an essay test, a short answer test, or a combination. Here are some resources to help you in your studying, and then offer tips for taking tests in classic literature.
Winter in Literature
The chill is in the air. Snow covers the ground, and icicles hang from the trees and the eves. Read more about winter in literature.
Characters - Who Was It? - Names in Literature
Who is the main character? What are his/her character traits? Who are the supporting characters? Why are these characters important? How do they interact? Read more about characters in literature.
Titles - Find a Title Poem Book Play
Find titles in Literature, from American, British, Irish, German, and other world literature.
Authors - Poets - Novelists - Essayists - Writers - Dramatists (A-to-Z)
Find information and resources for writers from around the world. The names are listed by last name, ranging from A (Peter Abelard, Jane Addams, Joseph Addison, etc.) to Z.
What is a classic? What is literature?
What is literature? What is a classic? Why is literature important? Read more about books, reading, and literature.
By Genre - Find Writers of Adventure, Biography, etc.
Who wrote the great works of mystery, drama, biography, and adventure? Who wrote poetry or essays? Discover the names of your favorite writers--by genre or category. Read on.
Where do pirates appear in literature? What about animals? Take a look at books, poems, etc.--by subject.
By Theme - Thematic Approaches - Books & Literature
What is the main idea or controlling theme of the work of literature? What does the work
Collections in Literature - Read More From the Writer
Literary collections offer you the opportunity to read muliple works from a single author (or from more than one author). Discover these collections of works by famous writers!
Dictionaries - Find a Word
Dictionaries are collections of words--listed alphabetically--with the meaning, pronounciation and etymology. A dictionary may also contain the translation of a word into another language (i.e. French-English dictionary).
Encyclopedias - Find an Encyclopedia
An encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference source. Literary encyclopedias offer a wide range of resources related to authors, texts, characters, literary history, and more. Read more about literary encyclopedias.
Genres / Themes
A genre is a category of literature, with a distinctive style. Read more about genres in literature.
Grammar & Style - Learn Correct Grammar
Understanding correct grammar is essential to the study of Classic Literature. You need to know how to write correctly and well, but you also need to know when other writers are using incorrect grammar.
Must Reads in Literature
We all have favorite books; and there are great books in every genre, category, and subject/thematic area in literature. Here are top picks for must reads in books and literature.
Software programs are often used by readers to look up words, further research a topic, to aid in the writing process, and more. Read on.
Spelling, Vocabulary & Word Usage
This page provides resources that will help you improve your spelling ability. Test your spelling and learn to read Classic Literature with a higher level of comprehension.
If you're having a hard time understanding literature, don't despair. After you've read the poem, short story, play, or novel, take a look at these study guides. Find questions, lists of terms for consideration, and more. Read on.
Summer in Literature
Writers have created a literature around summer: at the beach, on vacation, in the sweltering heat or in the shade. Whether it's relaxation or intensity, a profusion of flowers, or simple pleasures... summer is unforgettable!
By Time of Day - Morning, Day, Afternoon & Evening
What is the time of day, and how does it affect books and literature? It's a poem about sunrise, or a setting at sunset--the time of the day is a very real par of every work of literature. Explore morning, day, afternoon, and evening... Even: Goodnight moon...
Anthologies of Literature
An anthology is a collection of literary pieces. The anthology may contain poems, short stories, plays, exerpts from novels, or other works; and the volume may also contain essays, which explain the importance of the collect work.
Here are a few quotes from famous novelists, poets, and other figures in literature!
Gifts / Gadgets / Accessories
What do you buy for the reader in your life? Whether you're buying a gift for a booklover, suggesting a gift, or buying a book accessory for your own use, these picks and tips offer lots of ideas for birthdays, holidays, or just about any time of the year. Read on.
Book Recommendations - Recs
How do you make book recommendations? Where do you find book recommendations that are PERFECT for you!?!
Here are a few quotes from famous plays. You can use these quotes as an introduction to the play, or to reconnect and remember the work long after you've experienced the play (on stage or in written form). Here are a few pages of quotes.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions in Books & Literature
You've got questions, and I've got answers. Take look at these frequently asked questions (FAQs).
France - Find French Literature
To find out more information about books from France, take a look at these resources. Read more about
England UK Great Britain - English Literature
To find out more information about books from Great Britain, take a look at these resources. Read more about British (or English) literature like
How to Read Books & Literature
To read is to study and grasp the meaning of words and sentences. Reading literature is pleasurable, but it also has the side-effect of teaching us about life, the universe, and about ourselves. In reading, we discover the dreams of the world's greatest writers.
Here are a few quotes from famous nonfiction works. Here are a few pages of quotes.
Fiction/Novel/Short Story Quotes
Here are a few quotes from famous works of fiction. You can use these quotes as an introduction to the work, or to reconnect and remember the work long after you've finished the book. Here are a few quotes.
Periods & Movements
Find out about literature from the Renaissance, Medieval times, the Metaphysical poets, and beyond.
Quizzes About Writers
Take these quizzes about writers in literature.
Quizzes by Title
Take these quizzes about titles in literature.
Trivia / Games
Have fun with literature! Take a look at these games and other trivia resources.
How to Study
How do you study literature? Here are tips and ideas for how to accomplish what may seem like a daunting task.
How does reading literature differ from other experiences in this world? How is it better? Worse? What do we learn? What does it mean?
Bookcases / Bookshelves
Where do you put your books? How do you find the repository that will work best for the type of books you have? Here are some tips and ideas.
All Reading Levels / Interests
Here are resources to help you find books that are just right for you. Please note: Just because a book has been placed in a particular category doesn't mean you won't LOVE it. Books offer something for everyone, so many books will be read and enjoyed by readers of all ages and levels of experience!
Audiobooks / Audible Books - Listen to Books
Audiobooks offer something for every book lover. It's great for commuting, for listening to your favorite works (over and over again), for relaxing ambiance, and so much more! Here are resources for audiobooks, publishers, information about audiobooks, and much more!
Germany - Find German Literature
To find out more information about books from Germany, take a look at these resources. Read more about German literature, including the works of Nietzsche, Goethe, Marx, and Engels.
History of Books - Where Do Books Come From?
When was the first book printed? How has the book developed through time? Also read about rare and out-of-print books and manuscrips, which are famous to the study of world literature. Read more about the history of books.
Awards in Literature - Classic Literature
Find information and resources related to Award-winning literature.
Jim appears in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.
Libraries are around the world--in private homes and public institutions. Where is your favorite library located? Here's a list of a few libraries...
Nobel Prize in Literature
The Nobel Prize in Literature recognizing great writers of poetry, plays, essays and speeches. The first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was Sully Prudhomme. Other winners include: Rudyard Kipling, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Mann, and others.
The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded in 1917. Since then, writers like Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Pearl Buck, Thornton Wilder, Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck have received the award. Read more about the Pulitzer Prize.
By Season - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Read more about seasons in literature...
Book-Building and Book-Making
How is a book made? Here are details...
Choose a Book
What factors come into play when you choose a book to read? Here are some tips.
What is a bookstore? Why does it matter where you buy your books?
Book Care - Book Collecting
If you want your collection to last for many years to come (and even, to potentially increase in value), you must take care of your books. Here are resources related to book care!
Book Value - How much is it worth?
How do you find out how much a book is worth? Here are some resources to help you find out...
Ebooks - Electronic Books
Electronic books are becoming more and more popular with avid readers, though many hardcore bibliophiles refuse to read a digital book. Here are some basics of ebooks.
Journals and Diaries
Journals and Diaries are a great way to get a very personal perspective on the historical period, but they are also a way for you (the reader/writer) to document your own life--their reading, writing and experiencing everyday.
Why is meaning so important in literature? We talk about the meaning of life, the universe and everything. What part do books play in our search for meaning?
By Month - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
The months of the year sometimes have literary significance. What does August make you imagine? How about May or December? Here are resources related to months of the year, related to literature.
Awards & Bestsellers
Writers of world-renown are often awarded with literary prizes, but that's not always the case... Here's information about the great prizes in literature, along with information about bestsellers.
Book Clubs / Reading Groups
Join a book club, and find out what others think about books! Here are related resources--whether you're starting a book club, or joining an existing one.
Book Lists / Reading Lists
These pages offer lists of books related to authors, books, topics, time periods, and more. Here, you'll find top biographies about Mark Twain, a list of American Literature Anthologies, books about characters, and more.
Book Reviews in Literature
What is a book review? A book review is a description, and brief discussion of a book. Here, you'll find book reviews of novels, collections, literary criticism, biographies, and other works. Read on...
Writer Chronology Timeline
Discover the dates and times of the great writers, including Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, and more. It's all right here!
Read about writers from around the world including Mark Twain, Aphra Behn, Edith Wharton, William Shakespeare, and others. In these profiles, you'll read where and when the writer was born, famous works of literature, where, when and how the author died, and a few famous quotes. Read more about important figures in literature.
What do the great writers have to say about your topic of study? Where can you find the source of that quotation? Or, what are some of the most famous quotes from authors and literature? What did they say about life, the universe and everything? Find out.
Book Reviewers / Writers
Here's a list of the book reviewers for this site. This list also includes writers who have contributed articles about books, reading and literature. Find out more about their literary lives and backgrounds.
America - United States - American Literature
To find out more information about books from the United States, take a look at these resources. Read more about American literature like
Weddings, Anniversaries - Celebrate Love & Relationships
It's the literature of love, romance and ritual. Read about the wedding day of famous literary characters. How do the weddings of Jane Eyre, Madame Bovary and King Arthur all differ? You can also use passages in literature to celebrate your passion on the special day. Read more about weddings in literature!
Famous women writers like Virginia Woolf, Mary Shelly, Aphra Behn, George Eliot, and others are important figures in literary history. Read more about their lives and works.
Word Origins - Discover Where Words Come From
Study the origin of words to grasp meaning--an essential task when studying classic literature.
Write About Literature - For Writers
Write about literature, or read literature to learn more about the tools of the writing trade. Enjoy reading and writing!
Point of View
Point of View is the perspective from which the literary work is being told.
Character Quotes - Lines By and About Famous Characters
What do the characters say in novels and short stories? Here are some famous quotes.