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'The Great Gatsby' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Great Gatsby is the most famous novel by F.Scott Fitzgerald. But, what does it mean? Why is the book so controversial (banned/challenged)? What does the book have to say about the state of society? Here are a few questions for study and discussion, related to The Great Gatsby.

'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' Review
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is, without doubt, one of the most famous and enduring children's classics. It is full of whimsical charm, and a feeling for the absurd that is unsurpassed.

'The Picture of Dorian Gray' Review
Oscar Wilde's only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) is a classic instance of the aestheticism of the late 19th century's English literature... For greater emphasis, Wilde defines the artist as free of ethical sympathies and morbidity. Read more about the novel.

'Fahrenheit 451' Quotes - Ray Bradbury Novel Quotes
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by Ray Bradbury. The work is one of the most beloved works by Bradbury, but it's also controversial. Here are a few quotes.

'The Importance of Being Earnest' Quotes
Oscar Wilde created one of the most delightful and memorable social comedies, with The Importance of Being Earnest. It's a comedy of manners that satirizes Victorian manners and customs, but he does it with a light, witty style that's absolutely unforgettable. Here are a few quotes from The Importance of Being Earnest.

Famous Quotes From "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five is an anti-war novel, by Kurt Vonnegut. The work was first published in 1969, and it's been called an American classic. Semi-autobiographical in nature, the novel is drawn from the Vonnegut's war-time experiences in World War II. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry' Quotes
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is an award-winning novel by Mildred Taylor. Set in Depression-era Mississippi, centering around the Logan family and their land. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

9th Grade Reading List - Recommended Titles
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 9th grade.

Defining Terms: Myth, folklore, legend, etc.
Fairy tales, myths, legends, and folklore are terms that may seem to mean the same thing, but they have profoundly different meanings. Read more about it...

'Death of a Salesman' Quotes - Arthur Miller's Play
Featuring Willy Loman, Death of a Salesman has been seen as an attack on the American dream. Death of a Salesman is one of the works for which Arthur Miller became most famous, bringing him international acclaim. Here are a few quotes from Death of a Salesman.

Book Review: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
In a futuristic society based on pleasure without moral repercussions, Aldous Huxley places a few oddball characters to stir up the plot. Read more about Brave New World.

'The Last Leaf' Short Story
O Henry's stories are never quite what you might expect.

'The Last Leaf' Short Story
O Henry's stories are never quite what you might expect.

'The Last Leaf' Short Story
O Henry's stories are never quite what you might expect.

Famous First Lines of Novels
The first lines of novels are often memorable. Just reading the words can be enough to set the tone for the rest of the book. Which of the famous lines in literature is your favorite?

'The Importance of Being Earnest' Review
The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's most well-known and best loved play, as well as being an enormous success in his lifetime. Read more about this comedy of manners, with this review.

Historical Controversies Surrounding Huckleberry Finn
You may already be familiar with the historical controversies surrounding

'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding - Book Review
Every year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of formal complaints filed by patrons demanding that certain books be removed from schools or public libraries. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, persistently makes the top 100 on this list (in 2006, the novel reached number 70 on the banned books list).

Lord of the Flies
The Beast comes from the sea, the littluns claim. The Beast dwells in the heart of the forest, they also claim. It’s a difficult claim to disprove. At this point the reader can fairly readily recognize the Beast as that which the boys brought with them to the island. What is the Beast, how does it relate to the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding? Page 2.

Review: 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' - '1984'
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is a classic dystopian novel, as well as being a eerily prescient of the state of modern society.

Quotes from the Book "Things Fall Apart"
Things Fall Apart is an important African novel by Chinua Achebe--one of the most greatest classics of its time. The book involves the clash of cultures and belief systems, as colonization affects the people. Here are a few quotes from Things Fall Apart.

'Wuthering Heights' Review
When Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights was first published in 1847, under the name of Ellis Bell, it received mixed reviews. Although some critics saw the potential evident in the cyclical plot and other literary devices, many others were shocked and dismayed by the unashamedly dark storyline. Read more about Wuthering Heights, from Katharine Swan.

Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' - Quotes
Page 2. Heart of Darkness is a famous work by Joseph Conrad. The author's experiences in Africa gave him plenty of material for this work. Heart of Darkness is the tale of a man who gives into the enticements of power. Here are a few quotes from Heart of Darkness.

'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad Quotes
Heart of Darkness is a famous work by Joseph Conrad. The author's experiences in Africa gave him plenty of material for this work. Heart of Darkness is the tale of a man who gives into the enticements of power. Here are a few quotes from Heart of Darkness.

'The Devil and Tom Walker' Characters
Who are the characters in The Devil and Tom Walker, by Washington Irving? Why are these characters so famous? How do they relate to other characters in literature? Read on.

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Quotations
Robert Louis Stevenson made literary history with his story about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This story of the dual personality being personified during a medical experiment has been told and re-told in adaptations since it was first published. Here are a few quotes from Stevenson's famous story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Henry David Thoreau's 'Walden' Quotes
Henry David Thoreau's Walden was published in 1854. The essay details the experiment in personal independence and self-reliance that Thoreau underwent, starting on July 4, 1845. Here are a few famous quotations from the essay...

Why We Don't Read
Americans just don't read literature. That fact has been proven by studies conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts. Are there solutions that we can come up with to reverse the problem and make reading literature a more popular activity?

'Lolita' Quotes
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Quotes From 'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita is the controversial novel by Vladimir Nabokov, Russian author. The work centers around Humbert Humbert, a pedophile (which, of course, is part of why the book is so controversial).

Ernest Hemingway Bibliography of Major Works
Here's a list of the major works of Ernest Hemingway.

Review of the Classic Novel "Jane Eyre"
Jane Eyre is the rare book that manages to be good by virtue of ineffable charm alone, despite not having very much going for it in terms of overall plot. Read more about Jane Eyre, in this review by John Thornton.

'Jane Eyre' Review - 2
Read more about Jane Eyre, in this review by John Thornton. Page 2.

'The Minister's Black Veil' - Short Story
Nathaniel Hawthorne is a famous American writer, known for works like The Scarlet Letter, and this short story: The Minister's Black Veil, which was published in 1836.

Quotations From 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, who was inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Ender's Game centers on Andrew

Quotes from The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Stranger is a famous novel by Albert Camus, who wrote about existential themes. The story is a first-person narrative, through the eyes of Meursault, an Algerian. Here are a few quotes from The Stranger.

Famous Quotations From Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninius) was a Stoic and Roman Emperor. His most famous work is Meditations, which appeared in 12 books. Here are a few quotes from the works of Marcus Aurelius.

Marcus Aurelius Quotes (Marcus Aurelius Antoninius)
Read more quotes from Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninius). Page 2.

Word Quotes - Quotes About the Importance of Words
Words have power. In some myths, spoken words create worlds, creatures, and human beings. Here are some quotes from famous writers.

Word Quotes
Words have power. In some myths, spoken words create worlds, creatures, and human beings. Here are some quotes from famous writers. Page 2.

'Don Quixote' - Review and Synopsis
What can anyone say about Don Quixote that hasn't been said? The book's been around for four hundred years, has inspired virtually every literary movement from the eighteenth-century picaresque to the most obscure works of twenty-first century postmodernism, and has provided the impetus for critical works by everyone from Thackeray to Ortega y Gasset. Read more from this review, by John Thornton.

'Don Quixote' Review
Don Quixote and Sancho are the original comic duo, locked into perpetually and mutually exclusive views of the world, and in and of themselves the Knight and the Squire personifies the thematic conflict that propels the work. Read more of this review, from John Thornton. Page 2.

Abelard and Heloise: The Love Affair
Abelard and Heloise are one of the most celebrated couples of all time, known for their love affair... and for the tragedy that separated them.

Abelard and Heloise: The Letters
The most interesting part of the story of Abelard and Heloise is the relationship that grew out of the tragedy... Page 2.

Another Perspective: Responding to Abelard and Heloise
Patricia Hamill responds to Abelard and Heloise. Page 3.

The Love Affair is Still Alive, or It Never Ended
MaryEllen O'Brien responds to Patricia Hamill regarding Abelard and Heloise. Page 4.

'Alice in Wonderland' Quotes
Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, was first written for Alice Pleasance Liddell. The book was first published in 1865. This book and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, are still popular and widely translated. Here are a few quotes.

Quotes From the Novel "Great Expectations"
We can learn a bit more about the life and experiences of Charles Dickens by reading his autobiographical novel, Great Expectations. Discover the life and misadventures of Pip, the orphaned protagonist of Great Expectations--with these famous quotes, by Charles Dickens.

James Fenimore Cooper - List of Works
Here's a list of the works by James Fenimore Cooper

'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Quotes
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by Truman Capote, who tells about a one-year relationship/friendship between Holly Golightly, and an unnamed narrator. Here are a few quotes from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Quotes from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by Truman Capote, who tells about a one-year relationship/friendship between Holly Golightly, and an unnamed narrator. Here are a few quotes from Breakfast at Tiffany's. Page 2.

Sylvia Plath's Novel 'The Bell Jar' - Review
Written in the early 1960s, and Sylvia Plath's only full-length prose work, The Bell Jar is an autobiographical novel that relates the childhood longings and descent into madness of Plath's alter-ego, Esther Greenwood. Read more about this famous and controversial book.

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' Quotes - Maya Angelou
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is a famous book by Maya Angelou. This work is told from a first-person perspective, and it is the first in a series of her autobiographical books. The book has been popular since it was first published in 1969. Here are a few quotes from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

'This Side of Paradise' F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
With This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald took the literary world by storm (the first printing sold out in a matter of days). And, with the success of this work, he was able to win back Zelda (with whom he would have such a tumultuous relationship for so many years to come). The book was first published in 1920. Here are a few quotes.

'Peter Pan' Quotes
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan flies around on fantastic adventures in Neverland. He's the leader of the Lost Boys, as they interact with pirates, fairies and Native Americans. Here are a few quotes from the work.

Quotes from "The Giver" By Lois Lowry
The Giver is a novel by Lois Lowry. It's about Jonas, who becomes the Receiver of Memories, and then begins to understand the deepest secrets of the society. Here are a few quotes from The Giver.

'The Giver' Quotes
The Giver is a novel by Lois Lowry. It's about Jonas, who becomes the Receiver of Memories, and then begins to understand the deepest secrets of the society. Here are a few quotes from The Giver. Page 2.

Quotes From George Orwell's Novel '1984'
George Orwell's 1984 is a famous dystopian novel. The novel revolves around the experience of Winston Smith. Big Brother is watching; and thoughtcrime is illegal. Here are a few quotes from 1984.

'1984' Quotes
George Orwell's 1984 is a famous dystopian novel. The novel revolves around the experience of Winston Smith. Big Brother is watching; and thoughtcrime is illegal. Here are a few quotes from 1984. Page 2.

'The Picture of Dorian Gray' Quotes
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's only known novel. The work first appeared in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890, and it was revised and published as a novel the following year. The work was considered scandalous and immoral when it first appeared, but it was really a way for Wilde to write about his philosophy of art. Here are a few quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray.

'The Picture of Dorian Gray' Quotes - 2
Here are more quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. Page 2.

'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger - Review
The Catcher in the Rye offers something for every reader. You may relate to Holden Caulfield's angst and alienation; you may be drawn to his rye humor or cynicism; or you may be offended by his pursuit of relationships, intimacy and sexuality. Read more about this book.

Quotes from Dickens' 'Oliver Twist'
Oliver Twist was the second novel by Charles Dickens. It's a coming-of-age story about an orphan. It's one of the most famous works by Dickens. Here are a few quotes from Oliver Twist.

'Beloved' by Toni Morrison - 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.

'A Tale of Two Cities' Review - Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' 16th novel, epitomizes the author’s popular appeal. It’s a tale of chaos, espionage and adventure set in London and Paris prior to, and during, the French Revolution.

'James and the Giant Peach' Book Review
Roald Dahl has written entertaining children's stories that contain morals and life lessons that even adults can appreciate. In James and the Giant Peach, he handles the themes of abandonment, abuse, and redemptive reward, with justice meted out appropriately to all concerned.

Sylvia Plath Quotes - Classic Literature
Sylvia Plath is a controversial figure in American literature. She offers such a personal look at her life, love and demons. Here are a few quotes.

'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad Review
Written by Joseph Conrad on the eve of the century that would see the end of the empire that it so significantly critiques, Heart of Darkness is both an adventure story set at the center of a continent represented through breathtaking poetry, as well as a study of the inevitable corruption that comes from the exercise of tyrannical power.

Quotes From 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is a dense classic, often studied in classrooms. Charles Dickens published the work late in his career as a popular novelist in Victorian England. The backdrop of the work is the French Revolution; and a whole myriad of colorful characters are in attendance (as is usual for the works of Charles Dickens). Here are a few quotes from the literary master.

'A Tale of Two Cities' Quotes
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'A Tale of Two Cities' Quotes
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'1984' Questions for Study and Discussion
1984 is one of the greatest works by George Orwell. But, what does it mean? Why is the book so controversial? What does the book have to say about the state of society? Here are a few questions for study and discussion, related to 1984.

Scout Quotes From 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - Harper Lee
Scout is the unforgettable young girl in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Her real name is Jean Louise Finch. Her father's courage--in the face of life-threatening challenges--teaches her lessons that will last a lifetime. Here are quotes from Scout.

11th (or 10th) Grade Reading List
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 11th (or 10th) grade--depending on when your high school focuses on English/American literature.

'A Moveable Feast' Review
This novel-cum-memoir is about a young artist--impoverished and living in Paris. The book is also tribute to the numerous characters he meets.

'The Yellow Wallpaper' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Yellow Wallpaper is the most famous work by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'Jane Eyre' Quotes
Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre (1847), is the famous tale of an orphan, who must overcome seemingly overwhelming odds to survive. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel...

'The Devil and Tom Walker' Quotes
What is it about The Devil and Tom Walker that so fascinates the reader? Is it Old Scratch? Is it that miserly ole Tom Walker? Is it the idea of being tempted with riches? What would you do if you were tempted by the Devil? With these quotes, you'll get an idea of why The Devil and Tom Walker is so popular. Read on.

Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Quotes
What happens when a poor man has murderous thoughts? What happens when Raskolnikov feels guilty? Here are some famous quotes from Crime and Punishment.

Famous Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement in the United States. His words have influenced many other writers and activists. Here are a few of his famous words.

'The Black Cat' Questions for Study and Discussion


A Literary Winter Wonderland
Whether you're in the mood for drama, fiction, poetry or children's tales, these 34 pieces spanning three centuries are perfect for the winter season.

Exploring Classic African-American Literature
Explore the wealth of classic African-American literature written between 1770 and 1960, with secondary source material and reading suggestions.

T - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find authors/writers with the last name starting with T, including: Ivan Turgenev, Rabindranath Tagore, Booth Tarkington, Lord Alfred Tennyson, William Thackeray, Edward Thomas, Francis Thompson, Henry David Thoreau, J.R.R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, and Mark Twain.

Queer by William S. Burroughs
A brief summary and review for William S. Burroughs early classic novel, Queer.

'The Devil and Tom Walker' Questions for Study & Discussion
The Devil and Tom Walker is the story of Tom Walker, who is tempted by the Devil, who goes by the name of Old Scratch. The story has been compared to the Faust tales by various famous authors. Take a look at these questions for study and discussion.

George Orwell - List of Works
George Orwell is a novelist, essayist and critic. He's famous as the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Here's a list of works by George Orwell.

'The Black Cat' - Themes and Symbols
What are some themes and symbols in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Black Cat? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

'Of Mice and Men' Questions for Study and Discussion
Of Mice and Men is a famous (and controversial) novel by John Steinbeck. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

The Aeneid Quotes
Virgil (Vergil) wrote The Aeneid, a story about a Trojan hero. The Aeneid has been compared with Homer's Iliad and Odyssey--partly because Virgil was influenced by and borrowed from Homer's works. Written by one of the earliest great poets, The Aeneid has inspired a number of the greatest writers and poets in world literature. Here are a few quotes from The Aeneid. Perhaps these lines will inspire you too! Page 2.

'Siddhartha' Quotes
Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse, Swiss-German poet and novelist. The book centers on a spiritual journey during the time of Buddha. Here are a few quotes from the work.

Mark Twain Views on Slavery - Was Mark Twain Racist?
What did Mark Twain write about slavery? What was his view on slaves? How did Mark Twain's background influence his perceptions on African Americans?

The Difference Between Fiction and Literature
Fiction and literature are similar but mean different things. Learn about the differences and how they're similar too.

"The Catcher in the Rye" Study & Discusion Questions
What does The

'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' Quotes
Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), is the famous tale of Huckleberry Finn, who journeys down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave, Jim. The wit and wisdom of Mark Twain shines through in this novel. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel.

How to Become a Critical Reader
Whether you are reading for pleasure or academia, it's important to understand basic structural and content elements about the text you are studying. These questions and idea generators should help you to become a more critical reader. Understand and retain what you read! Read on.

Book Collecting: How Do I Find the Values of Books?
Discover where to find the value of books in your collection. Read on.

Audiobook or Ebook of J.D. Salinger's the Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 by Little, Brown and Company. But, where are the digital versions? Are there ebooks or audiobooks commercially available?

How to Identify the Theme of a Work of Literature
A theme is a central or underlying idea in literature. The writer may express insight about humanity or a world view. Before you attempt to identify the theme of a work, you must have first read the work, and you should understand at least the basics about the plot, characterizations, and other literary elements. Here's how to identify the theme of a work of literature.

Begin at the Beginning
Exploring the classical thought that has shaped and inspired western literature throughout history, from Homer and Virgil to Chaucer and Shakespeare.

Early American Literature (c. 1607-1783)
A brief overview of Colonial American literature, with examples from Benjamin Franklin, Mary Rowlandson, Anne Bradstreet and more.

The Violent Bear it Away (1960) by Flannery O'Connor
A brief summary and review for Flannery O'Connor's classic 1960 novel, The Violent Bear it Away.

Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) by Nathanael West
A brief summary and review for Nathanael West's 1933 classic novella, Miss Lonelyhearts.

My Candle Burns At Both Ends...
Edna St. Vincent Millay received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923 for The Ballad of the Harp Weaver. Other works include: Renascence (1917) and Second

Within & Without: 'The Great Gatsby'
The Great Gatsby is usually the novel for which F. Scott Fitzgerald is best remembered. With this and other works, Fitzgerald forged his place in American

Player Piano (1952) by Kurt Vonnegut
A brief summary and review for Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano (1952).

The Medieval Chivalric Romance
A brief overview of the Medieval Chivalric Romance genre, including examples from Geoffrey Chaucer and Sir Thomas Malory.

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
A brief summary and review for Thomas Wolfe's 1929 classic American novel, Look Homeward, Angel.

Classic Literature for the Supernatural Lover
Fans of speculative fiction & the supernatural will learn more about the genre's early beginnings, from William Shakespeare to Edgar Allan Poe.

Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967) British writer.
(1886–1967) British writer. Siegfried Sassoon was an officer in World War I. Sassoon's poetry is filled with images, which dramatize the brutality, horrors, and futility of war. His poetry is featured in these collections: The Old Huntsman (1917), Counter-Attack (1918), Satirical Poems (1926), Vigils (1935), and others. Read more about his life and works.

J - Writers - Last Names in Literature
Find writers with the last name starting with J, including: Helen Hunt Jackson, Henry James, Alfred Jarry, Sarah Orne Jewett, Samuel Johnson, Ben Jonson, James Joyce, and Julian of Norwich.

'Pride and Prejudice': Once upon a time, before there was Colin Firth…
from Laurie Viera Rigler. There's something terribly exciting about taking part in a national event, be it the presidential debates or the weekly Austen-related offerings from PBS's Masterpiece.

D - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including Death Be Not Proud, Declaration of Independence, Demian, Don Juan, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Dubliners, and other works.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) Spanish writer.
(1547-1616) Spanish writer. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is most famous for Don Quixote (Part 1, 1605; Part 2, 1615), often considered the first European novel. He was a contemporary of William Shakespeare.

A - Titles in Literature
Find titles in literature, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adam Bede, Anna Karenina, The Awakening, and other literary works.

'Fantastic Mr Fox' Quotes
Fantastic Mr Fox is a trickster-adventure story by Roald Dahl, British writer. Mr Fox is (of course) fantastic--he faces seemingly impossible odds to survive. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Rappaccini's Daughter' Quotes
Rappaccini's Daughter is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The work centers around a young man, and a beautiful young woman (and her brilliant father). Here are a few quotes from the short story.

'The Waves' Quotes
The Waves is one of Virginia Woolf's most experimental works. Here are a few quotes from Virginia Woolf.

'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame' Quotes
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a famous French novel by Victor Hugo. Here are a few quotes.

'Mrs. Dalloway' Quotes
Mrs. Dalloway is a famous novel by Virginia Woolf. Here are a few quotes.

'Martin Chuzzlewit' Quotes
Martin Chuzzlewit (or The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit) is a novel by Charles Dickens. The book was serialized between 1843 and 1844. Here are a few quotes from the novel that Dickens believed to be his best work.

'An American Tragedy' Quotes
An American Tragedy is a famous novel by Theodore Dreiser. The book was recognized as one of the best English-language novels of the 20th century by TIME and the Modern Library. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

Theodore Dreiser Quotes
Theodore Dreiser was an American novelist and journalist, famous for Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy. Here are quotes from the famous American Naturalist writer.

'Venus in Fur' Quotes
Venus in Fur is a famous novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. It's a semi-autobiographical work, published in 1870. Here are a few quotes.

'The Color Purple' Quotes
The Color Purple is an Pulitzer-Prize-winning epistolary novel by Alice Walker. The book has sparked controversy and applause for its chosen topics as well as for the way it represents African-American life--particularly for a young woman--in the 1930s. Here are a few quotes from the novel. Page 2.

Charlotte Bronte Quotes
Charlotte Bronte was one of the most controversial women writers of her time. Here are a few quotes.

'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' Quotes
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a book by Mark Twain. It's his famous work about time travel--a Yankee goes back to Camelot. The adventures are a riot! Take a look at a few quotes.

'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' Quotes
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a book by Mark Twain. It's his famous work about time travel--a Yankee goes back to Camelot. The adventures are a riot! Take a look at a few quotes. Page 2.

'Sons and Lovers' Quotes
Sons and Lovers is a semi-autobiographical novel by D.H. Lawrence (who is also known for Lady Chatterley's Lover). Here are a few quotes from the controversial novel.

'The Color Purple' Quotes
The Color Purple is an Pulitzer-Prize-winning epistolary novel by Alice Walker. The book has sparked controversy and applause for its chosen topics as well as for the way it represents African-American life--particularly for a young woman--in the 1930s. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

"Cry, The Beloved Country" Quotes
Some of the best passages from the famous South African novel by Alan Paton, about a minister who travels to the big city in search of his prodigal son.

'Our Mutual Friends' Quotes
Our Mutual Friend is one of the most famous novels by Charles Dickens. Here are some top (memorable) quotes from the novel.

Books on Care / Collecting
How do you protect your most valued possessions: books? Here are tips and tricks for what to do (and not to do), which should keep your books in good conditions long into the future. Here are top picks related to book collecting and care.

Princess Bride - William Goldman
The Princess Bride is a famous fantasy/adventure story, written by William Goldman. It contains all the elements of myth and legend, with magic, mystery, romance and comedy mixed in.

Red Sorghum - Mo Yan
Red Sorghum is a novel by Mo Yan, Chines writer (winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature).

Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence, by American writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937), was published in 1920. Read more about The Age of Innocence.

Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince is a political treatise by Machiavelli. Discover more details and resources related to this famous work.

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice takes place in late June. It's the longest day of the year.

Ruin and Damage - What Destroys Books?
What are the worst enemies to books? Be it fire, water, air, or bugs--read more about how to protect your books from destruction!

Sphinx
The sphinx is a creature usually associated with myth and legend, but the sphinx now figures into fantasy and fiction in modern literature as well. What is the creature? What does it represent?

Madness / Insanity - Theme
Insane (crazy) characters are often have much more freedom in literature. They may be locked up (or kept away from

Alcoholism / Substance Abuse - Theme
Alcoholism (and other addictions/types of substance abuse) is the root problem for many of the problems for characters in literature.

Gorgons
Gorgons are mythological creatures. These females were so hideous that anyone who looked upon the creature was turned into stone.

Libraries - Which One is Your Favorite?
Here are a few libraries from around the world...

Buffalo (White Buffalo)
The buffalo (particularly the white buffalo) is an important symbolic creature in Native American mythology.

Ireland - Find Irish Literature
To find out more information about books from Ireland, take a look at these resources. Read more about Irish poetry and literature from James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Edmund Burke, William Congreve, Oliver Goldsmith, Frank O'Connor, John O'Keefe, George Bernard Shaw, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Read about the richly mythic history and culture in Irish literature.

Roman Writers - From Rome
Discover the great works of Virgil, Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), and other Roman writers.

April
April flowers bring MAY flowers...

GATSBY
GATSBY is the last name of one of the greatest literary characters in American History. His life and his legend represents the American Dream--seemingly larger-than-life and splendid, but ultimately impossible, and doomed to failure.

Christmas
The year-end holidays are a time of celebration and remembrance. It's a time when the symbols and words of peace, joy and love are everywhere. If there ever is a time when anything seems possible, it's during December!But, it's also a time that we all enjoy reading, writing and hearing about... Take a look at the literature of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Winter, and Santa Claus. Share in the spirit of Christmas!

NEW YEAR
It's a New Year, and a New Year! January is the beginning of a new year, a time of resolutions and remembrances. What was your last resolution--related to books and literature?

The Old Man and the Sea: Study and Discussion Questions
The Old Man and the Sea is a much more complex novel than it would first appear... from the master of brevity (Ernest Hemingway). Here are questions related to The Old Man and the Sea.

'The Catcher in the Rye' - the Importance of the Title
What is important about the title of The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger? Why is it memorable? What other work(s) in literary history influenced the title? Where does mention of the title enter into the body of the text?

What Writers Say About Fathers in Literature - Quotes
Fathers have played important roles, as characters in books and leaders. They've been mad and blind (King Lear and Odysseus), heroic (Atticus), and so much more! What do writers say about fatherhood?

"The Importance of Being Earnest" - Study Questions
The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the greatest works by Oscar Wilde. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' Study Questions
Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) is a famous fantasy by Lewis Carroll. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Review of Jane Austen's "Persuasion"
Bringing in a New Year is all about second chances. This year, we vow, we will do it right. We have a second chance to take better care of ourselves. We have a second chance to be kinder, wiser, and better human beings.

Romantic Period - British Literature - Classic Literature
Some scholars point to the publication of

Quotes from 'Life on the Mississippi' by Mark Twain
Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain--he describes his many adventures and experiences on the river, with its history, features, etc. Here are a few quotes from the book.

'A Clean Well-Lighted Place' Discussion Questions
A Clean Well Lighted Place is one of the most well-known short stories by Ernest Hemingway (often anthologized and studied in American literature classrooms). Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Russia - USSR - Find Russian Literature
To find out more information about books from Russia, take a look at these resources. Read more about Russian literature.

Whitman's Song of Myself Spirituality and Religion
Spirituality is a mixed bag for Walt Whitman... While he takes a great deal of material from Christianity, his conception of religion is much more complicated than the beliefs of one or two faiths mixed together. Whitman seems to draw from the many roots of belief to form his own religion, putting himself as the center.

Love and Robert & Elizabeth Barrett Browning
As we study literature, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning appear as one of most romantic literary couple from the Victorian period. After reading her poems for the first time, Robert wrote to her:

Robert Browning's Love Letter to Elizabeth Barrett
The romance between Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett is legendary. Here's the first letter that Robert Browning sent to Elizabeth, who would eventually become his wife. Read on. Page 2.

'The Rainbow' Classic Literature Review
The Rainbow, published first in 1915, is the complete and exquisitely organized form of D.H. Lawrence's views about familial relationships. The novel relates the story of three generations of an English family--the Brangwens. As the main characters move in and out of the story's framework, readers are brought face to face before an intriguing theory of passion and power among the familiar social roles of husbands, wives, children, and parents. Read more about the novel.

Victor Hugo Quotes - French Poet and Novelist
Victor Hugo was first known as a French poet, but novels like The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misearables brought him a great deal of notoriety as well. Here are a few quotes from Victor Hugo.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London - Quotes
The book is about Buck, a dog who eventually learns to survive in the wilds of Alaska. Read quotes from The Call of the Wild, by Jack London.

'The Call of the Wild' Quotes
Read more quotes from

Biography of Writer Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant wrote short stories like The Necklace and Bel Amim, but he also wrote poetry and novels. He was an author of the naturalistic school. Read more about the life and works of Guy de Maupassant.

'Tess of the D'Urbervilles', Thomas Hardy - Quotes
Tess of the d'Urberville is a tragedy. The novel details the loss of innocence and the ultimate destruction of a young girl. The novel was one of the last novels by Thomas Hardy, who is also famous for Jude the Obscure. Here are a few quotes from Tess of the d'Urberville.

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster - Review
A Passage to India shows its author as both an excellent stylist, as well as a perceptive and acute judge of human character.

'The Wind in Willows' - Book Review
The Wind in the Willows is a children's story that lives in the hearts and minds of its readers well into adulthood. With its subtle blend of anthropomorphism and very British humor, the book is a classic tale of river life and friendship.

The Age of Reason - Review and Summary
The Age of Reasons is still controversial (and has been banned) for its criticism of established religion and its challenge to the Bible.

'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath Quotes
The Bell Jar was the famous autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath, though it was first published under the pseudonym, Victoria Lucas. Here are a few quotes from The Bell Jar.

Quotes from 'The Brothers Karamazov'
The Brothers Karamazov is one of the greatest novels of all time. The book was the final novel Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote before his death. This important Russian novel often praised for its complexity. Here are a few quotes from the novel. Page 2.

Quotes from 'The Brothers Karamazov'
The Brothers Karamazov is one of the greatest novels of all time. The book was the final novel Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote before his death. This important Russian novel often praised for its complexity. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' - Quotes
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a coming-of-age novel, a complete re-write/re-work of Stephen Hero.

'A Tale of Two Cities' Questions for Discussion
A Tale of Two Cities is an famous work of Victorian literature. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Tips For Night Reading (Bedtime) - An Evolution In The Process Of Reading At Night
With our busy lives, bedtime is sometimes the only time when we can really dig into our reading. After the kids are in bed, the house is closed up and/or the pets have settled in for the night, you have the opportunity to read a few chapters in your novel or nonfiction book. Or, you may enjoy reading a poem or short story--a nugget of reading that lets you quickly relax and drift off to sleep. Here are tips on night (or bedtime) reading.

Why is 'Grapes of Wrath' Considered a Great Classic?
John Steinbeck's famous Grapes of Wrath details the enduringly epic journey of a displaced American family. Their goal is California, and it's a journey that none of us is likely to forget any time soon. The struggle of Tom Joad and his family has come to represent the quintessentially American hard times. Here are some of the reasons this novel is considered a great American classic.

Lilith Quotes
In Jewish mythology, Lilith was the first wife of Adam (the first man). Her legend has evolved through the years, changing through each retelling. Here are some examples of Lilith quotes from writers throughout literary history.

9th Grade Preparatory Reading List
Many schools recommend (or require) that you read from a list of books during the summer before entering 9th grade. Here's a list of books that often appear on reading lists--in preparation for 9th grade.

Greatest Tragic Couples/Lovers
There are stories and poems and legends... The two fall in love. They struggle against the hard parts of life. And, then, what happens? Do they die? Are the two torn apart? Why does the love affair end? And, how can we each hope to have even a small piece of that happiness? Does it feel like heaven?

Best Short Stories
I love to read short stories--they're short, but marvelously sweet nuggets of gold (perfect to quench a book-lover's appetite for great literature in quick snapshots). Here's a list of some of the greatest works of short fiction. Enjoy the experience!

Best Short Stories
I love to read short stories--they're short, but marvelously sweet nuggets of gold (perfect to quench a book-lover's appetite for great literature in quick snapshots). Here's a list of some of the greatest works of short fiction. Enjoy the experience!

Must See/Read Plays
A play is a form of literature that is usually intended to be performed upon the stage. Even if don't have the opportunity to see the greatest plays of all time performed upon the stage by a talented troupe (a group of theatrical performers), these plays are important works in literature. This list represents just a few of the plays throughout history with which you should be familiar.

Must See/Read Plays
A play is a form of literature that is usually intended to be performed upon the stage. Even if don't have the opportunity to see the greatest plays of all time performed upon the stage by a talented troupe (a group of theatrical performers), these plays are important works in literature. This list represents just a few of the plays throughout history with which you should be familiar.

Best Novels
Novels are packed with romance, adventure, tragedy, and so much more. We are held in suspense. The pages fly by. Or, perhaps, the reading is slow, as you savor every line. Every author is different, but the great novels are always worth reading. Spoil yourself. Delve into the greatest classic novels. Here's a list of a few...

Best Novels
Novels are packed with romance, adventure, tragedy, and so much more. We are held in suspense. The pages fly by. Or, perhaps, the reading is slow, as you savor every line. Every author is different, but the great novels are always worth reading. Spoil yourself. Delve into the greatest classic novels. Here's a list of a few...

Best Novels
Novels are packed with romance, adventure, tragedy, and so much more. We are held in suspense. The pages fly by. Or, perhaps, the reading is slow, as you savor every line. Every author is different, but the great novels are always worth reading. Spoil yourself. Delve into the greatest classic novels. Here's a list of a few...

Must Reads If You Like 'The Great Gatsby'
With The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald captures the spirit of the Jazz Age. Larger than life, full of riches, sounds and colors--anything and everything seemed possible. It was the American Dream given substance (if only for a moment, as illusory as it really is and was). If you loved The Great Gatsby, you'll want to read these other books. Take a look at these

Literary Christmas Ornaments - Decorations Related to Books
I love to hang the ornaments on my Christmas tree. Those little figures flash and glitter when you hang them in just the right spot--they help to add splendor and character to the whole scene. On my tree, every ornament says something about where I've been, and a little of who I am. When you study them collectively, you can read the adorned tree as you would a book of my life--tiny books, characters from novels and ALL. What does your tree say about you (and your reading adventures)?

Best Irish Poems and Stories
Some of the greatest works in world literature came from the heart of Ireland. Discover these short(er) works by the best Irish writers in literary history.

Find 'Collectible' Books - Local
The process of finding rare and collectible books isn't really a mystery--it just takes time, patience, and practiced knowledge. Sometimes, it also requires that you look at familiar places from a different perspective. Here are a few ideas to consider when you are searching for books in your local area--to enhance your collection!

What Is a Classic in Literature?
The definition is debated, but a classic usually expresses some artistic quality - an expression of life, truth, and beauty - and has stood the test of time.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Selected Quotes
The Hobbit is a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, a famous Oxford professor, essayist and writer. The story centers around Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in a grand adventure. Here are a few quotes from The Hobbit.

'Hamlet' Quotes
Hamlet is a famous tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play is filled with death and suicide, madness, incest, and the supernatural. Hamlet's father has been murdered, which inspires a whole series of events--bent on revenge and destined to bring destruction to all. Hamlet is one of the most popular plays of William Shakespeare. Here are a few quotes from the play.

'Hamlet' Quotes 2
Here are more quotes from Hamlet... Page 2.

'Hamlet' Quotes 3
Hamlet's tragedy is one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays. Here are more quotes. Page 3.

'Hamlet' Quotes 4
Hamlet is one of the most popular plays of William Shakespeare. Here are more quotes from the play. Page 4.

'Hamlet' Quotes 5
The play is filled with death and suicide, madness, incest, and the supernatural. Here are more quotes from Hamlet. Page 5.

'The Raven' Poem
The Raven is a famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Here's the full text.

'The Raven' Poem
Classic Literature. Page 2.

General Book Club Questions for Study and Discussion
In your book club, you may be reading books on a wide variety of topics. Here are a few questions for study and discussion. These questions are designed to make you think about the book(s). Take a look...

Banned 'Lord of the Flies'?
Why is Lord of the Flies so controversial? Was it banned? Challenged? Why would the book be removed from circulation?

William Shakespeare Biography
(1564-1616) British writer. William Shakespeare is recognized as one of the greatest writers of all time, known for works like

'The Winter's Tale' Quotes by William Shakespeare
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare is based on Pandosto; or, The Triumph of Time by Robert Green. The play was likely composed after Cymbeline. Here are a few quotes from The Winter's Tale.

List of Works By Writer Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen is one of the most famous and controversial writers in world literature. Here's a list of works.

Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
Cannery Row is a novel by John Steinbeck. The book was first published in 1945.

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) American writer.
(1902-1968) American writer. John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California. Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and other works.

Quotes From "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale is a bestselling novel by Margaret Atwood. The setting has been described as a feminist dystopia, where war and pollution has made pregnancy and child-birth increasingly difficult. Women are enslaved as prostitutes/virginal concubines--in an effort to repopulate and control the population. Here are a few quotes from The Handmaid's Tale.

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Quotes
Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) is a famous play by Sophocles. He was fated to murder his father and marry his mother. Here are a few quotes from the play.

Quotes From 'The Awakening', Kate Chopin's Banned Novel
Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening (1899), is the famous tale of Edna Pontellier, who leaves her family, commits adultery, and begins to rediscover her true self--as an artist. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel.

Quotes from 'Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka
Metamorphosis is a famous novella by Franz Kafka. The work centers around a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa. What happens when he turns into a bug one day? Here are a few quotes from the novella.

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Classic Literature
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 deadly ramifications to the Baskerville family. The mystery goes back generations, but Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on the case. Read more about the mystery.

Metamorphosis Book Review - Kafka and Capitalism
In The Metamorphosis, Kafka warns that capitalism harbors inevitable changes that will result ultimately in loneliness and horror. He does so with a prophecy that women will replace men in the 20th century workforce, to their detriment.

Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain and Slavery
What does Mark Twain say about slavery with his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

Why Did Samuel Clemens Use the Pen Name of Mark Twain?
Why did Samuel Clemens use the pen name, Mark Twain? Did he use any other pseudonyms? Read more about Mark Twain, and names he went by.

Quotes From the Classic Novel 'Black Boy'
Black Boy, by Richard Wright, was first published in 1945. This autobiographical novel was a bestseller, and it is an important 20th-century work of literature. Another famous novel by Richard Wright, Native Son, was published in 1940. Here are a few quotes from Black Boy.

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin - Discussion Topics
The Story of an Hour is one of the greatest works by Kate Chopin. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'A Little Princess' Review
A personal review on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic,

The Meaning of "Twain" in Mark Twain's Pen Name
What does the term

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) - Famous Quotes
C.S. Lewis was an Irish writer and scholar. He was part of the Inklings group of writers with J.R.R. Tolkien and other writers of the period. He is known for works like The Chronicle of Narnia series, but he's also recognized for his Christian apologetics and literary criticism. Here are a few quotes from C.S. Lewis.

American Modernity - Modernism - Modern Period
Find information and resources related to Modern American Literature, from 1914 to 1945. Modern writers include: Agee, Anderson, Buck, Burroughs, Cather, Crane, Bishop, Dos Passos, Faulkner, Ferber, Cummings, Chandler, etc.

Reference Publishers
If you're looking for a dictionary, encyclopedia, or other reference resource for literary research, these pages offer a variety of publications.

A Review of James Joyce's Novel 'Ulysses'
Ulysses by James Joyce holds a very special place in the history of English literature. It's considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces of modernist literature. Read more about the novel, with this review.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Philosophy of Death
There was a man behind. Classic Literature.

Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
Mary Wollstonecraft, a pioneer in feminist thinking and writing, gave birth to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1797. Her mother died soon after childbirth due to a fever. How could this have influenced Shelley’s writings? Although her mother did not live long enough to influence Shelley directly, it is clear that the Wollstonecraft and the ideas of the Romantic era greatly shaped Shelley’s beliefs. Read on.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) British writer.
(1797-1851) British writer. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley and daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, is best known as the author of Frankenstein (1818).

Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper - Quotes
In this short story, the narrator is isolated in her room, with the express abolition of thinking, writing or reading. It's The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Here are a few quotes from the story.

'Mrs. Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf - Review
Mrs. Dalloway is a complex and compelling modernist novel by Virginia Woolf. It is a wonderful study of its principal characters. The novel enters into the consciousness of the people it takes as it subjects, creating a powerful, psychologically authentic effect. Although quite rightly numbered amongst the most famed modernist writers--such as Proust, Joyce and Lawrence--Woolf is often considered to be a much gentler artist, lacking the darkness of the male contingent of the movement.

Quotes from Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye is the first novel by Toni Morrison. The book centers around Claudia MacTeer in a controversial coming of age story, which encompasses rape, madness, and self-loathing/self-image. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

An Explanation and History of Banned Books
A banned book is one that has been removed from the shelves of a library or classroom because of its controversial content. A book may be challenged or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. Read more about banned books...

The Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence


'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' by Thomas Hardy Review
Set in rural England, the novel tells the story of a poor girl, Tess Durbeyfield,sent by her parents to a noble family in the hopes of finding a fortune.

How Does Mark Twain Represent Realism in His Writing?
How does he fit into the Realistic Period in American literature (1865-1900)? Read more about Mark Twain and Realism.

'The Great Gatsby' Summary
The Great Gatsby is usually the novel for which F. Scott Fitzgerald is best remembered. With this and other works, Fitzgerald forged his place in American literature as the chronicler of the Jazz Age of the 1920's.

The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Review
This classic short novella is written in the Gothic tradition. Read our in-depth overview of the book and learn about important themes.

How to Get Rid of Bad Odor in Books
Despite your best efforts, you may find mold or mildew on your books. The books may smell musty. Here are tips for how to get rid of the bad odor.

'Cyrano de Bergerac' Quotes - Edmond Rostand
The work is about Cyrano, a marvelous character--witty, passionate and full of vitality. He is known for his big nose.

'Cyrano de Bergerac' Quotes
Cyrano de Bergerac is the most famous play by Edmond Rostand. The work is about Cyrano, a marvelous character--witty, passionate and full of vitality. He is known for his big nose, and he falls in love with his beautiful cousin, Roxane. Page 2.

Jane Austen - Complete List of Works
Jane Austen is recognized as one of the most important English writers of all time, famous for works like Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma.

Anna Karenina Abridged Audiobook Review
Anna Karenina is one of Leo Tolstoy's greatest literary works. It's the tale of Anna Karenina and her ultimately tragic love affair with Count Vronsky.

'Mansfield Park' by Jane Austen - Classic Literature
Discuss Mansfield Park in your book club, and your friends, like most readers, will tend to differ over a variety of points.

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) British writer.
(1824-1889) British writer. Wilkie Collins is famous for The Moonstone (1868). He also wrote The Woman in White (1860), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866), The New Magdalen (1873), and Blind Will (1890).

Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind is a novel by Margaret Mitchell. Published in 1936, the book was an immediate success. Margaret Mitchell was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the novel in 1937, and Gone With the Wind was first adapted to film in 1939.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) British writer.
(1859-1930) Scottish writer. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a physician, novelist, and short story writer. He's famous for creating Sherlock Holmes.

Irish Writers - From Ireland
Read about Irish writers like Francis Bacon, Edmund Burke, William Congreve, Oliver Goldsmith, James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, John O'Keefe, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and William Butler Yeats. Learn about their lives and works.

The Key - Eudora Welty
The Key is a short story by Eudora Welty. The story first appeared in A Curtain of Green And Other Stories (1941).

Christmas Books
Christmas doesn't seem quite right without stories and carols around the tree, with remembrances of years past. It's the perfect time for stories, since it's already a time so full of magic, winter snow, and everything that reminds us that belief is still possible.

Books About Victorian Literature
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.

African-American Literature Anthologies
African-American literature has a rich history of wonderful writers, including: Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, and others. These books collect some of the greatest works by African-American writers.

Books About Robert Browning
(1812-1889) British writer. Robert Browning is one of the famous poets of the 19th century (Victorian period). He's particularly well-known for his early monologue,

Reasons to Visit the Library
A library is the grand place where books live. For those that love reading and collecting literature, a library can be a magical place of the imagination. It's a great place to find volumes on almost every imaginable topic. Library patrons may have a variety of reasons for visiting the library. Why do you visit the library?

Mother-Daughter Books
Books about mother-daughter relationships are filled with the joy and tragedy of growing up, finding love, overcoming disaster, and all the other stuff that life is made up of. Read more about mothers and daughters, with these books.

Mark Twain Biographies & Autobiographies
Mark Twain is one of the most famous names in American literature. Read more about the life and works of Mark Twain, including

Best Novels
Novels are packed with romance, adventure, tragedy, and so much more. We are held in suspense. The pages fly by. Or, perhaps, the reading is slow, as you savor every line. Every author is different, but the great novels are always worth reading. Spoil yourself. Delve into the greatest classic novels. Here's a list of a few...

Plays by Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams was one of the leading American dramatists of the 20th century, famous for works like The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and other works. Discover the works of Tennessee Williams.

Book Stands and Book Rests
Whether you're studying for a class, reading a heavy textbook, writing a paper, or reading for pleasure, bookstands and book rests perfect tools to prop up your books and hold your place. You can also prop up your notes as you review for a test, or prepare to write a paper. Take a look.

Books About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is perhaps best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous detectives in literary history. Doyle practiced medicine until he became a full-time writer in 1891. Besides his works about Sherlock Holmes, Doyle wrote science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction. Read more about the life and works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Books By Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber is famous for books like:

Feminism Quotes
Feminist literature and philosophy runs the gambit--from women writers, women's literature, getting into the minds (and hearts?) of women, and also involving the political, social and economic rights of women.

'The Great Gatsby' - Religion
How does religion figure into the novel, The Great Gatsby? How would the novel be different if religion (or spirituality) played a more prominent role in the text?

'Catch-22' Quotes
Catch 22, by Joseph Heller, is one of the most famous anti-war novels. Even if you've never read the book, you've likely heard about the premise for the book (the idea has entered into pop culture and become a discussion piece because of the curious premise). Here are a few quotes from the novel--to refresh your memory, to give you a taste for this classic, or just for you to enjoy the language and lines of Joseph Heller's famous work.

Tom Sawyer Quotes
Tom Sawyer is a young boy in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He's the hero (an impish trickster kid, who hangs out with his good friend, Huckleberry Finn--who also happens to be a homeless and abused runaway). Here are lines from Tom Sawyer.

Title: The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is one of the most famous novels in American literature. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is often studied in the classroom, representative as it is of the Jazz Age. But, what is important about the title? What does it mean? Why did Fitzgerald use that title?

Title Importance? - 'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe
The Black Cat is a infamous horror story by Edgar Allan Poe, but there's something particularly gruesome about the treatment of the once-beloved family pet. What's important about the title and how does superstition figure into the ultimate horrific end to the story?

'A Country Christmas'
A Country Christmas is a famous short story by Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women.

What's important about the title of 'Lord of the Flies'?
Why did William Golding entitle the novel 'Lord of the Flies'? What does the title stand for? What does it mean?

Title Importance - 'A Christmas Carol' - Charles Dickens
In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, you may have wondered about the meaning behind the title? After all, why would Charles Dickens entitle the book that way and then introduce us to a crotchety, old man who hates all humanity? Here a discussion of the title...

'A Country Christmas' - Louisa May Alcott (2)
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Jay Gatsby
Jay Gatsby is the central character in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 5, Part 1 - Charles Dickens
In A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, Ebeneezer Scrooge awakens from his whirlwind adventures with the ghostly visitors: Past, Present and Future. What will his future be? Has he been reformed? Will he celebrate the holiday? Has he changed? Read on...

'What Christmas Is As We Grow Older' Story
Charles Dickens writes more about Christmas in this famous short story, What Christmas Is As We Grow Older.

'A Christmas Carol' Summary / Overview
A Christmas Carol is probably the most famous work in Christmas literature by the popular Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens.

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 1, Part 2 - Charles Dickens
Here's the second part of Stave 1, A Christmas Carol.

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 2, Part 1 - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens introduces the first of three spirits (forewarned by Marley's ghost). Here's Stave 2, Part 1, of A Christmas Carol.

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 2, Part 2 - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens introduces the first of three spirits (forewarned by Marley's ghost). Here's Stave 2, Part 2, of A Christmas Carol.

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 3, Part 1 - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens introduces the second of three spirits (forewarned by Marley's ghost). Here's Stave 3, Part 1, of A Christmas Carol.

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 4, Part 1 - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens introduces the third (and most terrifying) of the three spirits (forewarned by Marley's ghost). Here's Stave 4, Part 1, of A Christmas Carol.

'The Jungle' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Jungle is one of the greatest (and most controversial) works by Upton Sinclair. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Aspects of the Novel - E.M. Forster Quotes
Aspects of the Novel is a famous nonfiction work by E.M. Forster. Here are a few quotes from the book.

As You Like It Quotes
As You Like It is a famous pastoral play by William Shakespeare. The comedy as all the great elements of a satire--with songs and banter to add levels of the comic and entertainment value.

Book Club Rules and Standards
Whether you're starting a book club or joining one, take a look at these rules and standards for behavior. Some of the rules may seem basic, or they may seem like common sense. But, we want to make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding what is acceptable behavior in a book club. Here are the Book Club Rules...

Robert Burns Quotes
Recognized as one of the greatest Scottish writers of all time, Robert Burns had a great deal to say... Here are a few quotes from Robert Burns.

'Comin' Thro the Rye' - Poem by Robert Burns
The poem, Comin Thro the Rye,

'A Christmas Carol' Vocabulary
Here's a vocabulary list from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Use these terms for reference, study, and discussion.

'A Christmas Carol' Book Club Discussions
A Christmas Carol is that famous book by Charles Dickens. The work is particularly famous during the holiday season, but it offers universal themes that could last us the whole year through. Here are discussions related to A Christmas Carol.

'A Christmas Carol' Preface - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens created one of the memorable Christmas stories of all time with A Christmas Carol. Here's the Preface.

'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' Article
Virgina wrote to the

The Brave Tin Soldier - Hans Christian Andersen
The Brave Tin Soldier is a famous story by Hans Christian Andersen. Take a look at this tale.

Classic Literature
Classic Literature. Page 2.

The Devil and Tom Walker Major Events
What happened in The Devil and Tom Walker? What are the major events? Take a look at the outline of the main occurences in the story, The Devil and Tom Walker.

'The Devil and Tom Walker' Study Guide
The Devil and Tom Walker is one of the most famous short stories by Washington Irving. The work was published in 1824 as part of the Money-Diggers series, in his short story collection, Tales of a Traveller. Set in New England, the story takes place in the 1700s. The story has been compared to the classic story of Faust, a scholar who makes a deal with the devil. Read more about The Devil and Tom Walker with this study guide.

Ethan Frome - Author's Note
In this note, Edith Wharton writes:

Literary Resolutions
Each year, we make resolutions. Sometimes, we resolve to complete a series of life-changing tasks on the eve of the new year; or we may wait until an awakening event happens that causes us to rethink our paths in life. Whatever the reason for your resolutions, here are a few that relate to books and literature. May these book-related resolutions help you to learn and grow in your experience with literature and writing.

Literary Resolutions: Enjoy Reading
Whatever you do this year, don't forget why you enjoy reading. Page 2.

'Franny and Zooey' Quotes
Franny and Zooey is a collection of short stories by J.D. Salinger, who is perhaps best known for his famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Here are a few quotes from the collection.

Robert Heinlein Quotes
Robert Heinlein is one of the great masters of science fiction, famous for Stranger in a Strange Land and other classics in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Here are a few quotes from Robert Heinlein.

'Lord of the Flies' Vocabulary
Here's a vocabulary list from Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. Use these terms for reference, study, and discussion.

'Lord of the Flies' Questions for Study and Discussion
Lord of the Flies is a famous (and controversial) novel by William Golding. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Christopher Marlowe A Brief Chronology
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was born in Canterbury on February 6, 1564. Marlowe was an Elizabethan poet and dramatist. Some critics believe that Christopher Marlowe wrote the plays of William Shakespeare. He wrote The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Dido, Tamburlaine, The Jew of Malta, Hero and Leander, and other works. At 29, he was killed in a tavern brawl. Read on.

Politics and Literature: George Orwell
Is language declining? If so, what are the causes? George Orwell wrote about the topic in his essays and other literature... Read on.