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Qualities of Literature
Here's what William Long writes about the qualities of literature. Page 2.

Summary of the Subject
So, to sum up, William Long explains that

Aphra Behn Profile - British Writer
(1640-1689) British writer. Aphra Behn is one of the most famous women writers in literature, partly because she was one of the first women to make a living by her writing, but also because of the controversies that have surrounded her life and works. Read more about the life and works of Aphra Behn.

Game of Love: Restoration Comedy - Conclusion
Though these Restoration plays broach similar themes, the methods and the outcomes are completely different, which graphically shows how much more conservative England had become by the late eighteenth century. Also as time moved forward, the emphasis changed from one on cuckoldry and the aristocracy to one on marriage as a contractual agreement and eventually progressed to the sentimental comedy, which seemed more interested in uplifting morals than anything else. Page 5.

Quotes From A Passage To India By E.M. Forster
A Passage to India is a famous modern novel by E.M. Forester. Set during the English colonization of India, the novel dramatically depicts some of the conflicts between the Indian people and the colonial government. Here are a few quotes from A Passage to India.

Quotes from Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
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'Lady Chatterley's Lover' Quotes
Lady Chatterley's Lover was first published in 1928, but the place of publication was Italy. The controversial book was banned from publication in the UK until 1960 because of its sexually explicit content. Impotence, adultery, and physical relationships (with descriptions)--the novel contained all the stuff that famously banned books are so often controversial for. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'An Essay on Man' Poem - Epistle 2


Pope's An Essay on Man Poem Full Text


How Changing Conditions Affected Victorian Literature
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General Conditions - Victorian Period
The last completed period of English literature, almost coincident in extent with the reign of the queen whose name it bears (Victoria, queen 1837-1901), stands nearly beside The Elizabethan period in the significance and interest of its work.

'The Tin Drum' Quotes
The Tin Drum is a novel about a German child who decides to stop growing. It's usually recognized at the most famous (and most important) work by Gunter Grass, a Nobel-prize winning poet, novelist, and playwright. The Tin Drum was his first novel.

The Tin Drum Quotes
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The Tin Drum Quotes
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Frankenstein Chapter 2 - Full Text
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'Frankenstein' Chapter 2
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'Frankenstein' Chapter 2
In Mary Shelley's second chapter of Frankenstein, Victor and Elizabeth grow up, and we learn more about Victor's studies.

'An Essay on Man' Poem - Epistle 1


An Essay on Man Poem - Epistle 1 Full Text


'An Essay on Man' Poem - Epistle 1


Nobody's Story - Charles Dickens
Nobody's Story is a holiday tale by Charles Dickens. Take a look at this famous story.

Nobody's Story by Charles Dickens - Full Text
Nobody's Story is a holiday tale by Charles Dickens. Take a look at this famous story. Page 2.

'As I Lay Dying' Quotes
As I Lay Dying is the fictional chronicle of Addie Bundren's death. The family undertakes a journey to bury her body. The novel is narrated with the shifting viewpoints of 15 characters--made all the more vivid with Faulkner's use of the vernacular and stream-of-consciousness style. Here are a few quotes from As I Lay Dying.

Quotes from As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying is the fictional chronicle of Addie Bundren's death. The family undertakes a journey to the family cemetery nearby to bury her body. The novel is narrated with the shifting viewpoints of 15 characters--made all the more vivid with Faulkner's use of the vernacular and stream-of-consciousness style. Here are a few quotes from As I Lay Dying. Page 2.

William Cullen Bryant
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William Cullen Bryant - Profile of an American Classic Poet
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William Cullen Bryant
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Zelda Fitzgerald Quotes - Wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Zelda Fitzgerald was the quintessential flapper--inspiration for her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald and a writer in her own right. She lived life to the fullest, but she also found herself teetering on the precipice of madness. Here are some quotes from Zelda Fitzgerald.

Saul Bellow Quotes
Saul Bellow was a Nobel-prize-winning writer, who's representative of Jewish-American concerns. He offers up an eclectic string of characters--from Augie March to Moses E. Herzog and Charlie Citrine. Here are a few quotes from Saul Bellow.

Saul Bellow - Quotes by Nobel Prize Winning Writer
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Game of Love: Restoration Comedy
The theme of restoration of order in love and marriage continues in Etherege's

Game of Love: Restoration Comedy
A comedy is usually a light, rather amusing, play that deals with contemporary life and manners. Such a drama often has a satirical slant, but ends happily. Among the many sub-genre under comedy, we find the comedy of manners, which originated in France with Molir's

Game of Love: Restoration Comedy - Aphra Behn's Play "The Rover"
The apparent change in society becomes more explicit as we look at Aphra Behn's play,

The Virtues of Didactic Literature
Although didactic literature often gets a bad rap for being too preachy or boring, there are great examples of entertaining and instructive didactic works.

By Country / Language - Find Writers From Around the World
Whether you're searching for an African writer like John Coetzee, an American writer like Mark Twain, a British writer like William Shakespeare, or a French writer like George Sand, you'll find the information and resources on these indexed pages. Read on...

World Literature - Country + Culture
Find literature from Africa, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the United States, and beyond.

By Time - Writers
If you're looking for an author from a particular century, take a look at these pages. Discover when the writer lived and wrote.

Reflections on Autumn: Literary Quotes for the Fall Season
Halloween, falling leaves, and crisp air. Come read what classic writers like Jane Austen and Albert Camus, or Ray Bradbury and J.R.R. Tolkien have to say about autumn.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British writer.
(1812-1870) British writer. Charles Dickens reported on the social conditions of the Victorian era.

Study Notes and Quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Want to know what's most important in Don Quixote? Come explore notable quotes and details from the classic Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes.

I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip (1969) by John Donovan
A brief summary and review for one of mid-twentieth century America's most hopeful and impressive gay Young Adult novels.

Studying the Bible as Literature
It doesn't matter whether you believe the Bible to be fact or a fable... It remains an important reference source in the study of literature. These books should help you in your study of the Bible as literature. Read more.

Love in Literature
There's a great deal of poetry and other literature that has love as a theme or focus. Take a look at these works to learn more about the literature of love. Enjoy!

10 Essential Literary Theory and Criticism Books
10 important books about literary theory and criticism that will give you a strong foundation for studying and interpreting literature.

Leprechaun Books
Leprechauns are famous for their hidden pots of gold and for their trickster-like antics. Run and catch your very own Irish Leprechaun. Perhaps, then you'll discover your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Read more about Leprechauns in Irish Mythology.

Books About Anne Frank
Anne Frank is one of the most famous writers in Holocaust literature, even though she was still a teenager when she died in a concentration camp.

Books About Freedom and Liberty
Freedom is defined as

Books by Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow was an award-winning novelist, with works that include

Must-Read Books If You Like Harry Potter
What do you do when you've read all of the books in the Harry Potter series? Here are other fantasy books, filled with magic and adventure.

Must Read Books If You Like 'The Catcher in the Rye'
J.D. Salinger presents his classic tale of alienation and dysfunctional adolescence in his controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye. The title of the novel is based on 'Comin' Thro' the Rye,' a poem by Robert Burns. If you like the story of Holden Caulfield and his misadventures, you may enjoy these other books. Take a look at these must reads!

Thomas Hardy Novels
When his poetry was not widely accepted, Thomas Hardy turned to writing novels. He destroyed his first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady (1867), and then went on to write Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the D'urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). Read more about Thomas Hardy's famous fiction.

Hermann Hesse Novels
Hermann Hesse was a German poet and novelist, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. Some of the works for which he is well known include:

Zeus Books
Zeus, a name that means

Geoffrey Chaucer - Books About Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer (c1345-1400) has been called

William Faulkner Novels
William Faulkner (1897-1962) is famous for his Southern novels about the imaginary Yoknapatawpha County. He wrote The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), Sanctuary (1931), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936), Intruder In the Dust (1948), Requiem For A Nun (1951), and other works. Read more of the novels from William Faulkner, Nobel Laureate.

Sinclair Lewis Writings
Learn more about Sinclair Lewis and his status as a great American writer, with these collections of his works.

Top 9 Coming-Of-Age Novels - Book Reviews
A coming-of-age story is memorable because the character undergoes adventures and/or inner turmoil in his/her growth and development as a human being.

Books About Dante Alighieri
(1265-1321) Italian writer. Dante Alighieri is perhaps most famous for

Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction
In 1904, Joseph Pulitzer made provision in his will for establishing the Pulitzer Prizes--to recognize excellence in writing. Since 1917, famous American writers like Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Pearl Buck, Thornton Wilder, Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and many others have received the award. Here are a few of those most famous novels!

Books About John Donne
(c. 1572-1631) John Donne was a British writer known for poems like

Banned Books - Challenged and Controversial Novels
Books are banned every day. Do you know some of the most famous examples of books that have been censored? Do you know why they've been challenged or banned. This list highlights some of the most famous books that have been been banned, censored, or challenged. Take a look!

Banned Books - Challenged and Controversial Novels
Books are banned every day. Do you know some of the most famous examples of books that have been censored? Do you know why they've been challenged or banned. This list highlights some of the most famous books that have been been banned, censored, or challenged. Take a look!

Books About Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was one of the greatest (if not the greatest) German writers of all time. He was a playwright, novelist, scientist, and poet. One of his best-known, early works is

Banned Books - Challenged and Controversial Novels
Books are banned every day. Do you know some of the most famous examples of books that have been censored? Do you know why they've been challenged or banned. This list highlights some of the most famous books that have been been banned, censored, or challenged. Take a look!

Book Journals
Journals are a great way to track what you read, and record what your impressions. Some of these journals also offer prompts and questions related to your reading experience. Enjoy your reading experience even more by writing about it! You'll also have great ideas and specific examples for essays, reports, studying, or just for your own personal enjoyment. Remember what you read!

Books About F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald defined the

Books By Zora Neale Hurston
(1891-1960) American writer. Zora Neale Hurston wrote stories, novels and folklore. Among her works are:

O. Henry Collections
O. Henry (pseudonym for William Sydney Porter) is famous for his unforgettable short stories:

Must Reads in Literature
This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it should give you an idea of a few great classics, which really are worth reading at least once. I've read and enjoyed these titles; and I welcome your suggestions for many more must reads. So, take a look. Read more about these must reads in literature, and then enjoy more works by these classic writers.

Shakespeare Collections -- The Works of William Shakespeare -- Must Reads in English Literature
You want to read the works of William Shakespeare, because he's one of the greatest writers of all time. But, where do you start? These collections are the perfect way to be introduced to a Shakespeare's works, as you read critical material, background history, and biographical information about the master himself. Read these collections of Shakespeare's works!

Irish Mythology Books
Irish Mythology is filled with magical creatures and heroes, of giants and monsters. They are full of mystery, and ready to spark the imagination. Read more about the monsters, heroes and other figures in Irish Mythology.

Books About Memory in Literature
Memory is the act of remembering or recollecting events from the past. Past events come back to haunt us, or happy remembrances help to brighten our days. As the story line weaves in and out of time, memories play an important role in character development and the progression of the plot. Cultural memory also plays a role in literature. Read more about memory and literature.

Famous Fictional Heroines
In exploring the world of literature, these heroines come immediately to mind: Edna Pontellier, Madame Bovary, Moll Flanders, Anna Karenin, Lily Bart, Jane Eyre, Hester Prynne, Elizabeth Bennet, Daisy Miller, and Murasaki Shikibu. Other heroines include: Lucy Honeychurch, Antonia Shimerdas, Ellen Olenska, Josephine (Jo) March, and Isabel Archer. Read more about famous fictional heroines. These novels feature just a few of the many...

American Puritan Collections & Studies
American Puritan writers helped to transform and glorify religion and God in their writings, but they also reflected the needs and desires of the reading public. Read from the famous American Puritans: Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Mary Rowlandson, William Bradford, and others. Discover Puritan literature in the New World--with these collections.

Page Markers: Flags, Arrows & Post-its
Page markers are essential tools for every reader. Flag your favorite quotes; mark memorable passages; and highlight confusing episodes in the story, so you can come back to re-read them later. Whether you're studying a book for a literature class, or reading the book for your own personal pleasure, use these page markers to get the most out of your literary experience.

Dictionaries and Glossaries of Literary Terms
In our studies of literature, literary terms allow us to explain everything that is or makes up a part of literature, including technical aspects of form, style, and context. What is literature? What is a novel? Or what is metaphor? These books collect literary terms in easy-to-use reference resources--perfect for every student, teacher, or reader of literature. Learn how to speak and write about poetry, novels, plays, and other works--using literary terminology.

Books Made Into Movies
Great classics like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Homer's Iliad have been made into movies. Of course, it's nothing new. Over the years, many fantastic movies have been based on literary classics: Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Edith Wharton's House of Mirth, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, and Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleeping Hollow. Discover the books!

Heroes in Literature
In mythology, the hero may be from divine ancestry. In literature, a hero is courageous. A hero, or protagonist, is the principal character of a story, who may be known for special achievements. Read more about heroes in literature.

Literature Tests and Quizzes
Test your knowledge in reading and literature with these books of tests and quizzes. Find tips and tricks for successfully taking tests for your literature class. Or, just browse through these books to find out just how much you know about literature from around the world. Read on.

Books About Little Red Riding Hood


Mothers in Literature -- Books
Mothers are an important part of our lives. They bring us into this world; and they've played important roles in literature--both as the mothers of famous writers, and as characters in our favorite novels. Read about love, loss, memory, and more--all related to our mothers in literature.

Banned Classics
Books are still being banned every day, but do you know which of the great classics have been banned? Books are controversial because of language, politics, sexuality, or religion. Some books seem to be challenged or banned because of multiple objections from different types of censors. Here's a list of ten...

Speed Reading Books
Speed reading isn't just about reading books fast; it's also about understanding what you read. Speed reading can help you get through the reading selection--whether you're reading the questions for a test or reading a book. These books offer tips and tricks for speed reading, but you'll also learn how to retain what you've read. Read on.

Literacy Campaigns
Literacy campaigns are organized efforts that have taken place around the world to encourage the reading and understanding of literature. But, why is the ability to read and write so important, and why is illiteracy such a difficult obstacle to overcome in communities across the US, and elsewhere? Discover the history of literacy campaigns. Why is illiteracy still such a problem, when we've been working toward solutions for so many years? Read on.

Aphrodite Books
Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, related to the Asian mother goddess Ishtar and Astarte. Homer wrote that Aprodite was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Read more about Aphrodite with these books.

Alexandre Dumas Books
Alexandre Dumas was the famous French author of

Must Read Books If You Like 'Romeo and Juliet'
William Shakespeare created one of the most memorable tragedies in literary history with Romeo and Juliet. It's a tale of star-crossed lovers, but they were destined to come together only in death. Of course, if you loved Romeo and Juliet, you'll probably love the other plays by Shakespeare. But there are a number of other works you'll likely enjoy as well. Here are a few

Books About The Plague
The Plague has been a subject for literary writings for centuries. Writers from Giovanni Boccaccio to Albert Camus have used plagues and other diseases for dramatic and literary effect. Here's a list of just a few books that use the subject of the Plague.

Jane Austen Movies
How do you take the classics of Jane Austen, and adapt them to the big screen--without missing many of those subtle details and the complexity in her novels? These movies aren't a substitute for Jane Austen's novels, but the films offer spectacular views into the lives of her greatest heroines--punctuated by the vibrance of costume and the eloquence of music and language. Here's a list of a few adaptations of Jane Austen's novels.

Books About Libraries
What are libraries? How have they evolved over time? How were they built and destroyed? What about the library at Alexandria? Discover the history and mystery of libraries through history. Read on.

Adultery Novels
Is it love, sex, or adultery? Some of the greatest novels in literature involve forbidden love, but what consequences do the characters face? Does the marriage last after the infidelity is over? Read these novels about adultery, and find out what happens after the passion has ended. Discover

Introductions to Literature
If you're just starting out in your exploration of literature, you may want to read books that give you a general background of what literature means, with an explanation of how you can evaluate the value of a work.

Ernest Hemingway Books
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a popular and controversial writer in his time, famous for books like The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, In Our Time, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and other works. With F. Scott Fitzgerald, he was part of the Lost Generation of writers.

Review of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield is probably the most autobiographical novel by Charles Dickens. He uses many incidents of his childhood and early life to create a considerable fictional achievement.

Bloomsbury Group - Books About the Bloomsbury Group
The Bloomsbury Group was a group of artists and writers in the early 20th century. Ray Costelloe called them

Romantic Period Novels - American Literature
The Romantic Period originated in Germany. Writers like Wordsworth and Coleridge are famous Romantic writers in England. In American literature, famous writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne created fiction during the Romantic Period in the United States. Explore the American fiction from the Romantic Period.

Classic Erotic Poems
Erotic poems discuss sexual love and desire, and they can be found down through literary history in cultures around the world. These collections include Egyptian love songs, Chinese classics from the Ming Dynasty, Indian love poems, and Goethe's erotic poems. Read more about these classic erotic poems.

Metaphysical Poets
Metaphysical poetry is concerned with the experience of human beings, of love, romance, sensuality, relationships, learning and art. Some of the greatest metaphysical poets include: John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Richard Crashaw, and Thomas Traherne. Read more about the Metaphysical Poets.

Must Read Books If You Like '1984'
George Orwell presents his dystopian vision of the future in 1984. The novel was first published in 1948, and it was based on the work of Yevgeny Zamyatin. If you like the story of Winston Smith and Big Brother, you may enjoy these other books. Take a look at these must reads!

Forgotten & Interesting Words
Words are misused, confused, and forgotten, but these books offer concise definitions for engaging and inciteful words. Become a superior wordsmith. Learn to use some of the most interesting words in the English language. Read on.

Courtly Love Books
Courtly love is an idealized loved celebrated in the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The noble knight devotes himself to a lady. Courtly love also involves a code of conduct for lovers. Read more about courtly love.

Books by Washington Irving
Washington Irving was America's first international author, famous for works like

Books by Thomas Paine
(1736-1809) British/American writer. Thomas Paine was a pamphleteer and writer. He's famous for

Suicidal Novels
In some novels the protagonist takes his/her own life for a variety of reasons, while in other books, the death of a character affects the direction of the plot. In Mrs. Dalloway, Septimus' suicide is a major event in the novel. But, how do these deaths affect the lives of the other characters in the story? Tragedy and death gives way to further tragic consequences... Read more about suicides in literature.

Book Price Guides
How much is your book worth? Is there a book you want to purchase, but you don't know the value of the book? These price guides should pave the way for you to better understand what books to buy, when to sell, and how much those books are worth. Read more from these book price guides.

A Room of One's Own (1929) by Virginia Woolf
A brief summary and review for Virginia Woolf's masterpiece series of lectures-turned-essay collection, A Room of One's Own, is explored, with notable quotes.

This Side of Paradise () by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Would you like to get to know more about The Jazz Age and The Lost Generation? Read about F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise, one of the era's first examples.

How to Read Classic Literature
So you want to learn more about literature but don't know where to begin? Here are five books that will introduce you to everything you need to know!

Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times
So you want to learn more about love and sexuality in the time of Oscar Wilde? Curious how Wilde's personal life and publications led to his arrest? Learn about it here!

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
A brief summary and review for a classic of historical fiction and creative biography, Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy (the story of Michelangelo)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) by Ernest Hemingway
A brief summary and review for one of Ernest Hemingway's most famous novels, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
On July 21, 2015, acclaimed American author and historian E.L. Doctorow passed away. Here we explore one of his masterpieces, a modern classic, Ragtime.

P - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including Piers Plowman and Porphyria's Lover.

'Death Be Not Proud' - Text
“Divine Sonnet X” is a well-known religious poem by John Donne. You'll probably recognize the poem by part of the first line:

Treasure Island Study Guide
Published first as a serial in a boys' magazine in 1881-82 and then in book form in 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is one of the best-loved adventure novels of all time. Why has Treasure Island achieved such popularity with each generation? Read more about the novel, with this review from Katharine Swan

Extraordinary Literature for the Back to School Season
Celebrate the back to school season with these great classics, including J.D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Charlotte Bronte's Villette.

Play It As It Lays (1970) by Joan Didion
Here we offer a brief summary and review for Joan Didion's 1970 Hollywood novel and classic of American Existential Nihilism, Play It As It Lays.

The Crystal Cave (1970) by Mary Stewart
Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy begins with The Crystal Cave. Come learn about this essential classic of the Arthurian canon.

Books of Plays & Novels by Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder was an American writer, who wrote novels and plays. He's well-known for

'Pride and Prejudice' Books and Editions
Jane Austen's work, Pride and Prejudice was first published in January 1813, two years after Sense and Sensibility was published. The novel features the Bennet sisters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia. You'll also read about the famous Mr. Darcy. Read more about Jane Austen's popular novel, Pride and Prejudice.

Who Is Mark Twain?
A brief summary and review for Mark Twain's posthumously published collection of works including essays on Jane Austen, letters to friends, and more.

House of Stairs by William Sleator: A Science-Fiction Classic
A brief summary and review for William Sleator's classic science-fiction novel and psychological thriller, House of Stairs. Those who like The Hunger Games will love this classic.

Siddhartha (1922) by Hermann Hesse
A brief summary and review for Hermann Hesse's classic philosophical novel, Siddhartha, which was published in 1922 and remains a staple nearly 100 years later.

Getting to Know Jack Kerouac
An overview of the life and works of American writer Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road and one of the founding members of The Beat Generation.

The Dystopian World of Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’
Lois Lowry’s novel “The Giver” chronicles a boy named Jonas whose life in a dystopian world takes on new meaning when he becomes the Receiver of Memory.

Aspects of the Novel
E.M. Forster's lecture series on the novel, collected here as a single work, was a watershed moment for literary criticism. We explore some of what makes this piece fundamental to the study of literature.

From Dostoyevsky to Tolstoy and Beyond
From Dostoyevsky to Tolstoy, Akhmatova to Turgenev, we list 50 pieces of classic literature by Russian authors.

Biography Review: Salinger by Shields and Salerno
A brief summary and review for the recent J.D. Salinger biography written by David Shields and Shane Salerno. The author of The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey is explored.

Top 9 Classics About the American Revolution
The American Revolution and the subsequent drafting of such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution is significantly celebrated in literature, children's classics, and nonfiction.

The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence
The war signals a time of reinvention accomplished through spoken and written work. Here, John Rhodehamel has collected some 120 works: letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda. Read on.

Ernest Hemingway Quotes
Ernest Hemingway was a famous American novelist and short story writer, who was a significant influence in the 20th century. He was part of the Lost Generation of writers in Paris, and he was well acquainted with F. Scott Fitzgerald and other writers. Here are a few quotes.

The Story Behind Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Lake”
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Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind' - Book Summary
Summary of Gone With the Wind, the best-selling, controversial, Civil War novel by Margaret Mitchell. The story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, later immortalized in the classic movie.

T - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including To the Lighthouse, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Treasure Island.

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (1890-1960) Russian writer.
(1890-1960) Russian writer. Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a poet and novelist, famous for Doctor Zhivago. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, but was forced to renouce the prize.

Ariel (1965) by Sylvia Plath
A brief summary and analysis of Sylvia Plath's posthumously published collection of confessional poetry, Ariel.

Getting to Know William S. Burroughs
A brief look at the life and works of William S Burroughs, founding father of the American Beat Generation and friend to such figures as Kurt Cobain and Allan Ginsberg.

Don Quixote Volume 2 (1615)
A brief summary and review for the Second Part of Miguel Cervantes's classic 1615 novel, Don Quixote.

Overview of American Classic 'The Catcher in the Rye'
The Catcher in the Rye is the only known (published) novel by JD Salinger, a controversial but much-loved portrait of unhappy teenager Holden Caulfield.

5 Classics to Read for LGBT Pride Month
June is LGBT Pride Month in the United States and we have a list of classics, from Marcel Proust to Virginia Woolf, to help you celebrate the occasion.

Summary of 'Charlotte's Web'
A summary of Charlotte's Web, E.B. White’s award-winning children’s story about Wilbur, a pig, and his life-saving pal, a spider named Charlotte.

Notable Quotes from Immanuel Kant
Immanuel Kant, German writer and philosopher, is best known for his book The Critique of Pure Reason. Here are some of his most famous quotes.

45 Most Famous Quotes from the Roman Poet Ovid
Ovid was a Roman poet, who is perhaps best known for

Why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Has Been Banned
Why was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn banned? And, why is Huckleberry Finn controversial?

Sanditon (1817) by Jane Austen
A brief summary and review for Jane Austen's masterful but unfinished work, Sanditon (1817).

Lesser Known Dickens Quotes from Lesser Read Dickens Works
Wit and wisdom from Charles Dickens's lesser-known works, including Hard Times, Bleak House, and Dombey and Son.

Lady Susan (1794) by Jane Austen
A brief summary and review for Jane Austen's short work, Lady Susan.

The Satyricon by Petronius
The Satyricon of Petronius: A brief summary and review of this brilliant classical Roman satire.

E - Characters - Last Names in Literature
Find characters with the last name starting with E, including Martin Eden, Miss Amelia Evans, and Avis Everhard. Read more about characters in literature.

Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
Merry Wives of Windsor is a play by William Shakespeare

Dante Alighieri Biography
Dante Alighieri was one of the greatest writers in early Italian literature. Here are details of his life in this biography.

Dante Alighieri Marriage & Love
Dante Alighieri was one of the greatest writers in early Italian literature. Here are details of his life in this biography.

Dante Alighieri Exile
Learn more about Dante's study and literary career.

Dante Death
Learn more about Dante's final days, and his enduring legacy...

Leo Tolstoy Biography
Who was Leo Tolstoy? And, why is he still so important to reading and literature? Here's a brief biography, with pictures of the man (and legend).

Leo Tolstoy's Childhood
What do we know about Leo Tolstoy as a boy? Here's a sketch and some details...

Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy - 1848. Classic Literature.

Leo Tolstoy - Military Career
Leo Tolstoy - Military Career. Classic Literature.

Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is an allegorical novel by Paulo Coelho, originally written in Portuguese.

O - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including Homer's Odyssey, and Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea.

R - Titles of Literature
Find titles in literature, including The Red of Courage, Rip van Winkle, and Robin Hood.

Creatures, Beings & Super-Humans
Do you enjoy reading about fairies, of gnomes, hobbits, and mermaids? Or do you prefer reading about dragons, vampires, mummies, or ghosts. Read more about these creatures.

Literature Programs - College and University
Gather information about degree programs that are being offered. Also find a listing of classes, course descriptions, contact information, and more.

The Painted Veil (1925) by W. Somerset Maugham
A brief summary and review of W. Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil.

The Idiot (1869) by Fyodor Dostoevsky: A Brief Summary and Review
A brief summary and review for Fyodor's 1869 novel, The Idiot.

Death in Venice (1912) by Thomas Mann
A brief summary and review for Thomas Mann's 1912 classic, Death in Venice.

Sense and Sensibility (1811) by Jane Austen
A brief summary and review for Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1811)

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
A brief summary and review of Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan

Maya Angelou Biography
Of the twentieth-century American lives that have been transformed into books via the art of the memoir (and that have been transformed via the act of writing of the memoir itself), perhaps none reflects us as a nation as well and as variously as that lived by Maya Angelou.

The Heart of a Woman
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Classic Literature. Page 2.

The Haunted House (1859) by Charles Dickens
A brief summary and review of the short story collection, The Haunted House by Charles Dickens et al.

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck
A short summary and review of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

Getting to Know Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)
The life and time of the father of American Naturalism and author of Sister Carrie (1900), Theodore Dreiser. With bibliography and important information.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
A brief summary and review for Edward Albee's darkly comedic play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Sister Carrie (1900) by Theodore Dreiser: A Brief Summary and Review
A brief summary and review for Theodore Dreiser's masterpiece of American Naturalism, Sister Carrie (1900).

Lit Quiz: How Well Do You Know Classic Poetry?
Classic poetry is a genre for all ages and interests. But how well do you know you really know classic poems and poets? Take our quiz to find out!

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
Summary and review for Eudora Welty's 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Optimist's Daughter.

Dante's 9 Circles of Hell
A structural overview for Book 1 (Inferno) of Dante Alighier's Diveine Comedy.

The Wit and Wisdom of Jane Austen
Jane Austen, author of Pride and Prejudice, is known for her

Getting to Know Anthony Trollope: His Life and Works
Anthony Trollope, author of Barchester Towers, was an immensely popular and prolific English Victorian novelist, playwright, and short story writer.

Far From the Madding Crowd (1874) by Thomas Hardy
A brief summary and review for a masterpiece of Victorian Realism, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.

Jane Austen's Incomparable Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Jane Austen's classic and unforgettable novel, Pride and Prejudice, is explored, and a brief summary and review are offered.

Wilkie Collins: Father of the Sensation Novel
A brief biography and list of major works for Wilkie Collins, English writer and father of the Sensation novel.

Robert Frost Biography
A short biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Robert Frost, including his poem,

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey
A brief summary and review for Ken Kesey's classic American novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962).

Publishers - Find a Publisher
If you're looking for a textbook, the biography of your favorite author, critical resources about a novel, or you're looking for a novel, collection, or other works of literature, you'll find the publisher here! Read on...

F - Characters - Last Names in Literature
Find characters with the last name starting with F, including Peyton Farquhar, Sam Fathers, Atticus Finch, Huckleberry (Huck) Finn, Henry Fleming, and Ethan Frome. Read more about characters in literature.

Shared Sadness: Classic Writers on Sorrow
Classic writers including George Eliot and William Shakespeare share their thoughts on sadness and sorrow.

Life Studies (1959) by Robert Lowell
A brief summary and review for Robert Lowell's groundbreaking work of confessional poetry, Life Studies (1959).

Ten Shades of Classic Erotica
Before E.L. James's best-selling contemporary novel Fifty Shades of Grey, there was a long-standing tradition of literary erotica.

Exploring Medieval Literature
Exploring Medieval literature, including texts written in Old English and Middle English.

The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
A brief summary and review for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of the Four.

Classic Literary Essays
Revisiting the literary essay, including works from Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Jonathan Swift.

How To Remember What You Read
Reading is important. But, the next step is making sure that you remember what you've read! Here are some tricks to keep it from flying right out of your head.

'Death Be Not Proud A Memoir' - Review
In Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther explores the process of death: discovery, fighting, living on, and then dying. The process becomes just a little bit easier, as humor, human kindness and courage all are woven in. More than just about dying, this memoir becomes a study of living.

Death of a Salesman
When it premiered in 1949, Death of a Salesman was an instant success and secured Arthur Miller's place as one of the great American playwrights of the twentieth century. Read more about this play, from James Topham.

Ghosts
Ghosts is one of Ibsen's most haunting plays, though not necessarily for the reasons that shocked the public sensibility when it was first produced. Despite the headline-grabbing representation of venereal disease and the references to free love outside of marriage, the most important element to the modern eyes is that of a middle-aged woman who is trapped by her past and the ideas that have been imposed upon her gender.

Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler does not offer easy answers. The play is a powerful and emotionally potent portrayal of a woman's alienation from and suffocation by the bourgeois society that she has become a part. Hedda Gabler features one of the strongest female characters to appear upon the stage. The work offers the theatre one of its most scintillating and exciting dramatic works. Read more about Hedda Gabler.

The Lost Girl
Published first in 1920, D.H. Lawrence's sixth novel The Lost Girl won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction that year. Running along nearly the same lines as his fourth novel The Rainbow (1915), The Lost Girl tells the story of Alvina Houghton, a girl from a middle-class English family, who is driven by her individualistic urge to choose a mate for herself while familial influences secretly thwart her choice.

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' Review
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of a number of works of art that came out of 1960s North America. Because of their counter-culture attitude and the distaste for any kind of social authority, these works became grouped together under the term Beat Literature. Read more about this book, with this review from James Topham.

'The Purloined Letter' Review
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, a writer who excelled in both poetry and the short story form, The Purloined Letter is one of a number of stories based around Poe's fictional detective Dupin (who was first introduced in The Murders in the Rue Morgue). Read more about The Purloined Letter, with this review.

'Samson Agonistes' Review
Samson Agonistes is a blank verse play by John Milton. The work is heavily indebted to Greek tragedy, but with a Biblical hero. Read more about Samson Agonistes.

The Seagull
The Seagull is Anton Chekhov's most well-known and best-loved play; the work exhibits all of the qualities that helped to cement the Russian playwright in the minds and hearts of theatre-goers around the world.

The Time Machine
At only about 100 pages, The Time Machine is a fast, easy read. The narrator is writing a story that has been verbally told to him, and the narrative has no more detail than you might expect from a story told to you by a friend.

The Autobiography of Mark Twain
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) has been likened to Walt Whitman as one of the most quintessentially American writers this country has produced. While this book does not contain Mark Twain's complete autobiography, the stories do leave us with more of a flavor for the man and the legend.

New Book Releases - May 2007 Books
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Science Fiction Classics Gallery of Books
Science Fiction allows us to imagine what could be--in science and technology. This genre of fiction pushes the boundaries of our imagination, helping us to question what is possible. But, it also helps us to come to terms with the moral issues of many of the controversial issues of our times: life and death, cloning, artificial and alien existence, individuality, alienation, bioengineering, and beyond. Explore space and the interior of the human body. Here's a gallery of books. Page 8.

Science Fiction Classics Gallery of Books
Science Fiction allows us to imagine what could be--in science and technology. This genre of fiction pushes the boundaries of our imagination, helping us to question what is possible. But, it also helps us to come to terms with the moral issues of many of the controversial issues of our times: life and death, cloning, artificial and alien existence, individuality, alienation, bioengineering, and beyond. Explore space and the interior of the human body. Here's a gallery of books. Page 6.

New Book Releases - May 2007 Books
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New Book Releases - May 2007 Books
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New Book Releases - May 2007 Books
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New Book Releases - July 2007 Books
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New Book Releases - May 2007 Books
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New Book Releases - July 2007 Books
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Science Fiction Classics Gallery of Books
Science Fiction allows us to imagine what could be--in science and technology. This genre of fiction pushes the boundaries of our imagination, helping us to question what is possible. But, it also helps us to come to terms with the moral issues of many of the controversial issues of our times: life and death, cloning, artificial and alien existence, individuality, alienation, bioengineering, and beyond. Explore space and the interior of the human body. Here's a gallery of books.

Science Fiction Classics Gallery of Books
Science Fiction allows us to imagine what could be--in science and technology. This genre of fiction pushes the boundaries of our imagination, helping us to question what is possible. But, it also helps us to come to terms with the moral issues of many of the controversial issues of our times: life and death, cloning, artificial and alien existence, individuality, alienation, bioengineering, and beyond. Explore space and the interior of the human body. Here's a gallery of books. Page 3.

Science Fiction Classics Gallery of Books
Science Fiction allows us to imagine what could be--in science and technology. This genre of fiction pushes the boundaries of our imagination, helping us to question what is possible. But, it also helps us to come to terms with the moral issues of many of the controversial issues of our times: life and death, cloning, artificial and alien existence, individuality, alienation, bioengineering, and beyond. Explore space and the interior of the human body. Here's a gallery of books. Page 5.

Science Fiction Classics Gallery of Books
Science Fiction allows us to imagine what could be--in science and technology. This genre of fiction pushes the boundaries of our imagination, helping us to question what is possible. But, it also helps us to come to terms with the moral issues of many of the controversial issues of our times: life and death, cloning, artificial and alien existence, individuality, alienation, bioengineering, and beyond. Explore space and the interior of the human body. Here's a gallery of books. Page 9.

Science Fiction Classics Gallery of Books
Science Fiction allows us to imagine what could be--in science and technology. This genre of fiction pushes the boundaries of our imagination, helping us to question what is possible. But, it also helps us to come to terms with the moral issues of many of the controversial issues of our times: life and death, cloning, artificial and alien existence, individuality, alienation, bioengineering, and beyond. Explore space and the interior of the human body. Here's a gallery of books. Page 10.

Science Fiction Classics Gallery of Books
Science Fiction allows us to imagine what could be--in science and technology. This genre of fiction pushes the boundaries of our imagination, helping us to question what is possible. But, it also helps us to come to terms with the moral issues of many of the controversial issues of our times: life and death, cloning, artificial and alien existence, individuality, alienation, bioengineering, and beyond. Explore space and the interior of the human body. Here's a gallery of books.

New Book Releases - May 2007 Books
Here's a graphical review of new and upcoming books released in May. Read the latest editions of novels by some of the greatest classics.

Three Vampire Tales
Three Vampire Tales, a new collection edited by Anne Williams, features famous vampire works.

The Bhagavad-Gita
Perhaps the most profound text in the canon of Hindu literature is The Bhagavad-Gita, a sacred text, which most translators call Song of the Lord. It's a philosophical discourse between a warrior named Arjuna and the god Krishna.

Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories
In this volume, Library of America publishes the complete works of Kate Chopin in one authoritative volume, including many previously uncollected stories.

Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories
That question of individual responsibility is one that carries through to some of Chopin's other stories, which are largely collected in two volumes. Page 2.

The Love Letters of Dylan Thomas
A classic Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas is one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. He once wrote of himself:

Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald died from a heart attack on December 21, 1940. However, many events intervened in the years since Hemingway and Fitzgerald first met to create a rift that caused them to be less friendly for some years before death finally seperated them. Page 2.

Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald
Who was Ernest Hemingway? F. Scott Fitzgerald? We hardly need to ask. They are several of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and will be remembered for their very different contributions to literature. But, these two men were also friends.

The Bronte Myth
Long ago, the lives of the Bronte sisters--Charlotte, Emily and Anne--reached mythic proportions, as they compelled fanatical devotion. However, as Lucasta Miller shows in The Bronte Myth, many of the cultural memories of the sisters have very little to do with reality.

William Faulkner: A Critical Study
Taking into consideration Faulkner's greatest works and thematic development, Irving Howe writes,

Hamlet
Poetic and masterful--as well as possessing a vital, much parodied plot --the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark has struck a chord ever since it was written. Read more about Hamlet, by William Shakespeare.

Must Reads If You Like 'Walden'
Walden is one of the most famous works in American literature. In this nonfiction work, Henry David Thoreau offer his perception of his time at Walden Pond. This essay includes beautiful passages about the seasons, the animals, the neighbors, and other philosophical renderings of life on Walden Pond (and humanity in general). If you enjoy Walden, you may enjoy these other works.

Mayor of Casterbridge
Thomas Hardy started writing The Mayor of Casterbridge in 1884, and he finished the novel on April 17, 1885. The novel was serialized in a magazine in 1886, and then published in two volumes that same year. Read more about The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Quotes: Mayor of Casterbridge
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Must Reads in Feminist Literature
Different writers have expressed their ideas about feminism in unique and groundbreaking ways. Some of the most important works of feminist literature have also been controversial and banned--for their concepts of awakenings to new ways of thinking, feeling, and being. Take a look at these must reads in feminist literature. Which works do you recommend?

The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury, by Southern novelist William Faulkner, is perhaps his most famous and most discussed work.

John Steinbeck Novels
John Steinbeck became known as an important American writer with his epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. Other early works include Tortilla Flat (1935), In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and The Long Valley (1938). He was also known for a profusion of short stories, nonfiction works, and more.

'Of Mice and Men' Books
John Steinbeck's classic novel, Of Mice and Men, was first published in 1937. Despite the controversies and book banning that have surrounded the text, this story of George and Lennie in the Salinas Valley has become one of Steinbeck's most beloved works. Read more about Of Mice and Men.

The Iliad Books
The Iliad, written by Homer, is one of the most famous works of world literature. Written in Greece, The Iliad may have been written in the 12th century BCE, or as early as the 8th or 9th century BCE. Read more about The Iliad.

Charles Dickens Biography - Classic LIterature
Learn about the life of Charles Dickens, the most popular of all English novelists, and author of classics such as 'David Copperfield'

February Classics for All Occasions
Are you celebrating Candlemas or Groundhog Day? A fan of American Presidents or Black History Month? Find February-themed Classics for all occasions.

The Warden (1855) by Anthony Trollope
A brief summary and review for The Warden, Book One of Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire series, including noteworthy quotes.

Classic Authors on Reading and Writing
Giants of classic literature, from Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf to Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger, share thoughts on the power of reading and writing.

Seventeenth-Century English Poetry
The 17th Century in England was a time of great turmoil. Yet it also gave rise to such geniuses as Ben Jonson, Andrew Marvell, George Chapman and John Donne.

George Orwell Quotes - Classic Literature
George Orwell is one of the most famous English writers of his time. He is perhaps best known for his controversial novel, 1984, a dystopian tale in which language and truth is corrupted. He also wrote Animal Farm, an anti-Soviet fable where the animals revolt against the humans.

George Orwell Quotes
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Wit and Wisdom for the New Year
Wit and Wisdom for the New Year. Classic Quotes from Plato to William Blake and Beyond.

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (1958) by Kenzaburo Oe
A brief summary and review for Kenzaburo Oe's classic of Japanese literature, Nip the Buds Shoot the Offspring.

Selected Quotes From Virgil's 'The Aeneid'
A poem about a Trojan hero, The Aeneid has been compared with Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Here are a few quotes from Virgil's work that may inspire you!

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Works like One Hundred Years of Solitude are already being termed classics, and he's famous for other works that are characterized by magic realism. Here are a few quotes from Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes
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'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Quotations
This 1925 novel is one of the great American classics. It has come to be seen as a representation of the Jazz Age. Here are some lines from it.

"A Doll's House," a Play by Henrik Ibsen: Quotations
A Doll's House is a famous and controversial drama from the Norwegian playwright. Here are some lines from the script.

"The Great Gatsby," a Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Plot summary and themes of probably the author's greatest novel--a book that offers damning and insightful views of the American nouveau riche in the 1920s.

'The Devil and Tom Walker' Short Story
The Devil and Tom Walker is one of the most famous (and controversial) short stories by Washington Irving. He's also known for Rip van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Here's the complete text of this spell-binding tale.

'Beloved' Quotes
Beloved is a novel by Toni Morrison, who uses flashbacks and other devices to draw us through the tragic series of events in Seth's life. A moment of insanity shaped the rest of her existence; and, she (and those around her) would never be the same. Here are a few quotes from this dark novel, Beloved. Page 2.

"Pride and Prejudice" Questions for Discussion
Pride and Prejudice is one of the greatest works by Jane Austen. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

"Night," a Novel by Elie Wiesel: Quotations
Lines from this acclaimed fictional work of Holocaust literature, which is in part autobiographical. The author is a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Victorian Period - A Time of Change
The Victorian Period revolves around the political career of Queen Victoria. She was crowned in 1837 and died in 1901 (which put a definite end to her political career). A great deal of change took place during this period brought about because of the Industrial Revolution; so it's not surprising that the literature of the period is often concerned with social reform. Read on.

'The Little Match Girl' - Short Story
The Little Match Girl is a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Take a look at this famous tale.

"Animal Farm," A Novel by George Orwell: Quotations
In this novel, the animals rise up against the humans, take over the farm, and rename the place. Here are a few passages from this famous work.

'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck - Review
This touching tale of the friendship between two very different men is set against the backdrop of the United States during the depression of the 1930s.

"The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway Review
This novel was an enormous success when published in 1952. It is more than just a simple story of an old Cuban fisherman who catches a fish then loses it.

John Steinbeck - Chronological List of Works
John Steinbeck was a world-renowned novelist, playwright, essayist and short-story writer, famous for his works involving the region of his birth. His work has stirred controversy, and offered a unique view into America.

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen - Introduction
This classic novel tells the story of the five Bennet sisters, whose mother obsesses over marrying off as quickly and advantageously as possible

'Pride and Prejudice' Review


'The Catcher in the Rye' Quotes
The Catcher in the Rye is the famous novel by J.D. Salinger. It is the work for which Salinger is best known. The work has been popular and controversial, and number of the quotes from this book have been cited as evidence of its inappropriate nature. The Catcher in the Rye is often studied in American literature. Here are a few quotes.

Quotes From John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'
Of Mice and Men is a novel by John Steinbeck. This tragedy was first published in 1937. The story is told from the third-person omniscient point-of-view. Of Mice and Men follows the misadventures of Lennie and George, two ranch hands in California. Here are a few quotes from Of Mice and Men.

How to Keep a Reading Log or Book Journal
A reading log or book journal is a great place to react to what you read. You can find out exactly how you feel about the characters; you may gain insight about the theme and plot; and you can expand your overall enjoyment of the literature. Here are a few idea starters. Feel free to build your own list of questions as you start your life-long habit of keeping a reading log or book journal. Read on.

"The Monkey's Paw" a Short Story by W.W. Jacobs: Page 1
The first page of the full text of a supernatural tale (sometimes compared to Edgar Alan Poe) of a family who discovers the realities of wish fulfillment.

'The Monkey's Paw' Short Story - W.W. Jacobs - Page 2
The Monkey's Paw is a short story by W.W. Jacobs. Sometimes compared to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the tale is a supernatural tale of a family who discovers the hidden realities of wish fulfillment. Page 2.

'The Monkey's Paw' Short Story - W.W. Jacobs - Page 3
The Monkey's Paw is a short story by W.W. Jacobs. Sometimes compared to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the tale is a supernatural tale of a family who discovers the hidden realities of wish fulfillment. Page 3.

'The Monkey's Paw' Short Story - W.W. Jacobs - Page 4
The Monkey's Paw is a short story by W.W. Jacobs. Sometimes compared to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the tale is a supernatural tale of a family who discovers the hidden realities of wish fulfillment. Page 4.

'The Gift of the Magi' by O.Henry: Text
The Gift of the Magi is a popular Christmas story about love and sacrifice. The work is one of the most famous stories by O. Henry, an American writer.

'The Gift of the Magi' Short Story (2)
Here, O Henry perfectly captures the moment when two young lovers discover the perfect gift, but have no way to buy the one thing each knows the other wants... It's THE GIFT OF THE MAGI! Page 2.

'The Gift of the Magi' Short Story (3)
Here's the culmination of O Henry's famous Christmas story: THE GIFT OF THE MAGI! Page 3.

Famous Quotations About Literature and Reading
What have writers said about literature? How has literature affected them? What causes writers to continue to attempt to make a difference with words, creating new worlds and experiences in literature? Read these quotes about literature. Find out what writers from around the world have thought of creating works of art.

"The Devil and Tom Walker" Study Guide & Discussion
Washington Irving published. Classic Literature.

'Their Eyes Were Watching God' Quotes
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel by Zora Neale Hurston. It's the story of Janie Crawford, who returns home and tells the story of the last 20 years. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

Romeo and Juliet from 'Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare'
E. Nesbit offers this adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Christmas Quotes
Here are a few more Christmas quotations for the holidays, from writers from around the world.

And Even More Christmas Quotes
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Overview of "The Storm" Short Story by Kate Chopin
Links to information about this story written in 1898 about an adulterous one-night stand, set in the late nineteenth century.

How to Improve Your Reading Speed
Reading can be fun, but it can also be time-consuming if your speed is not as fast as you'd like it to be. An average reading speed can range from 200 to 350 words per minute, but that rate can vary depending on the material and your reading experience. It's also important to understand what you are reading--even when you improve your speed. Here are a few tips to help you improve your reading speed.

'Grapes of Wrath' Quotes - Classic Literature
Grapes of Wrath is a novel by John Steinbeck, Nobel-Prize winner for literature. Published in 1939, the novel centers around the Joads, a family of sharecroppers, who journey to California to find a new life--amidst the Dust Bowl devastation of the Great Depression. Here are a few quotes from Grapes of Wrath.

"Great Expectations," a Novel by Charles Dickens: Overview
Plot summary and themes of Great Expectations, one of the most famous and much-loved novels by the great master of Victorian prose.

'Robinson Crusoe' Review
Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe was inspired by the story of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who went to sea in 1704. Selkirk requested that his shipmates put him ashore on Juan Fernandez, where he remained until he was rescued by Woodes Rogers in 1709. Read more about Robinson Crusoe.

10th (or 11th) Grade Reading List - American Literature
I recommend the following titles to maintain fluency and reading level and to encourage independent reading. These are a sampling of the titles that often appear on high-school reading lists for 10th grade (or 11th) American literature study.

From 'Pride and Prejudice' - Jane Austen
Here are quotes from (and about) Mr. Darcy, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

'Dracula' Quotes - Classic Literature Quotes
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a classic vampire tale. First published in 1897, the novel drew from vampire myth to create a literary legacy. Even though stories like Polidori's The Vampire and Le Fanu's Carmilla already existed at the time Dracula was first published, Stoker helped to spawn a new dimension in horror literature. Here are a few quotes from Bram Stoker's Dracula.

'Dracula' Quotes Page 2
Here are a few more quotations from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Page 2.

"Brave New World," a Novel by Aldous Huxley: Quotations
This famous and controversial work deals with issues of technological advancements, sexuality, and individuality--in a dehumanizing society. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Brave New World' Quotes - Page 2
Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley. This famous (and controversial) work deals with issues of technological advancements, sexuality, and individuality--in a dehumanizing society. Here are a few quotes from the novel. Page 2.

'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling - Review
The Jungle Book is one of the works for which Rudyard Kipling is best remembered. The stories in this volume are written to be enjoyed by adults as well as children--with that depth of meaning and symbolism that delves far beyond the surface.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville Quotes
Moby Dick is a famous American novel--epic in scope. This quest tale was first published in 1851, but the book didn't achieve its acclaim as a masterpiece until many years after Herman Melville was dead. Here are a few quotes from Moby Dick, the great American novel...

'Around the World in 80 Days' Review
Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days is a rip-roaring adventure story set, in the first place, in Victorian England, but which ranges throughout the world following its protagonist Phileus Fogg. Read more about the work, with this review.

Medieval Period - Where Did it All Begin?
The term

"King Lear" Quotes By William Shakespeare
King Lear is one of the most famous plays by William Shakespeare, based on a legendary king (Leir). The plot has influenced various other novels, including A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley. Take a look at these quotes from King Lear, one of the greatest tragedies in English literature.

'King Lear' Quotes 2
It's about a mad king. Take a look at these quotes from King Lear, one of the greatest tragedies in English literature, by William Shakespeare. Page 2.

'King Lear' Quotes 3
This is one of the most memorable plays in literature, and perfect for any discussion of fathers in literature. What's your take on King Lear and his children? Page 3.