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'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' Quotes
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a coming-of-age story. It's a tragic and triumphant book about Francie Nolan, as her family struggles with poverty, alcoholism, and the brutal realities of life for an Irish-American family in Brooklyn, New York City. Here are a few quotes from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' Quotes
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a famous autobiographical novel by Betty Smith. Here are more quotes from the book. Page 2.

'The Awakening' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Awakening is one of the greatest works by Kate Chopin. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Babbit Quotes
Babbit is a novel by Sinclair Lewis. The book is about George F. Babbit, a real estate broker. Here are a few quotes from Babbit.

'Black Beauty' Quotes
Black Beauty is a famous book by Anna Sewell. Here are a few quotes.

'Bless Me, Ultima' Quotes
Bless Me, Ultima is the best-selling Chicano novel to date. Rudolfo Anaya's book explores the clashes between religion, culture and community--in the over-arching context of a world war. Here are quotes from Bless Me, Ultima.

'The Bell Jar' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Bell Jar is one of the greatest works by Sylvia. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'Of Mice and Men' Book Club Discussions
Here are discussions related to Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.

The Inescapable Labyrinths of Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges was born Buenos Aires in 1899, and he received a world-class education in Europe that brought him into contact with many influential writers and thinkers who by comparison now exist as mere footnotes to Borges, because what he brought to his learning was a mind so searching, so curious, and so infinitely agile that he was seemingly capable of anything.

'Cannery Row' Questions for Study and Discussion
Cannery Row is a famous novel by John Steinbeck, which draws from his personal experiences growing up (and working) in California. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'Cannery Row' Quotes
Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck, is a book about a place--the cannery district of Monterey, California. Here are a few quotes from Cannery Row.

'The Catcher in the Rye' Study Guide
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J.D. Salinger. This Great American Novel discusses: alienation,

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' Quotes
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. This tragedy first appeared in 1955--based (at least in part) on Three Players of a Summer Game, a short story Williams had previously written. Williams received his second Pulitzer Prize for this work. Here are a few quotes from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

'The Cherry Orchard' Quotes
The Cherry Orchard is a play by Anton Chekhov. The work first appeared on stage in 1904. A family experiences the loss of their estate and their cherry orchard. Here are a few quotes from The Cherry Orchard.

Kate Chopin Quotes
Kate Chopin (1851-1904) starting writing short stories and novels after the death of her husband, Oscar, in 1882. She was able to dramatically depict the people (Creoles and 'Cadians) and places of Louisiana with careful and unforgettable detail. Kate Chopin never wrote another novel (that we know of) after

Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) Quotes
Colette was born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, but she always wrote under the name

'Death Be Not Proud' Questions for Study & Discussion
Death Be Not Proud is the story of Johnny Gunther, who discovers that he has a brain tumor. The memoir was written by Johnny's father, which adds another tragic dimension to the tale of a young boy, who courageously faces death. What is it like to face suffering, loss of a future, and death? How does this book compare to other depictions of death in literature? Take a look at these questions for study and discussion.

Roald Dahl Quotes
Roald Dahl is a British writer, known for memorable works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. Here are a few quotes from Roald Dahl.

'Cry The Beloved Country' Questions for Study and Discussion
Cry The Beloved Country is a famous novel by Alan Paton. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer. Here are a few memorable quotes from the Russian literary master, Fyodor Dostoevsky.

'Ethan Frome' Ch 7
Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most famous works. Read the entire text here. Page 2.

'Ethan Frome' Ch 7
Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most famous works. Read the entire text here.

'Ethan Frome' Questions for Study and Discussion
Ethan Frome is one of the greatest works by Edith Wharton. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'Ethan Frome' Ch 7
Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most famous works. Read the entire text here. Page 3.

'Ethan Frome' Ch 7
Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most famous works. Read the entire text here. Page 4.

'Ethan Frome' Quotes
Ethan Frome is a novel by Edith Wharton. First published in 1911, the novel involves obligatory misery, unacceptable romance, and guilt over the years. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'A Farewell to Arms' Questions for Study and Discussion
A Farewell to Arms is one of the greatest works by Ernest Hemingway. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'Frankenstein' Chapter 3
In the third chapter of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein leaves home to attend the university. He gains a new perspective on his chosen path of study.

'Frankenstein' Chapter 3
In the third chapter of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein leaves home to attend the university. He gains a new perspective on his chosen path of study. Page 2.

'Frankenstein' Chapter 3
In the third chapter of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein leaves home to attend the university. He gains a new perspective on his chosen path of study. Page 3.

'Frankenstein' Chapter 3
In the third chapter of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein leaves home to attend the university. He gains a new perspective on his chosen path of study. Page 4.

'Frankenstein' Characters
The key characters in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein are Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Which of these characters are your most favorite?

'The Grapes of Wrath' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Grapes of Wrath is a famous (and controversial) novel by John Steinbeck. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Allen Ginsberg Quotes
Allen Ginsberg was a prominent American poet. Influenced by Walt Whitman and others, Ginsberg became a key figure in the Beat Generation of Poets. One of his most well known works was Howl. Read more about Allen Ginsberg, with these quotes.

'The Great Gatsby' Terms / Vocabulary
Here's a vocabulary list from The Great Gatsby. Use these terms for reference, study, and discussion.

'Howards End' Quotes
Howards End is a novel by E.M. Forster. Written 1910, the book is sometimes considered Forster's greatest work. Here are a few quotes from Howards End, by E.M. Forster.

'The Joy Luck Club' Quotes
Amy Tan is well-known for The Joy Luck Club, a collection of short stories that depict how our lives are shaped by the stories we tell. Set in China and America, the stories cross the generational divide--as mothers and daughters attempt to come to terms with family history, relationships, and that connection that's so hard to forge. Here are a few quotes from The Joy Luck Club.

Rudyard Kipling - 'The Jungle Book' Quotes
Rudyard Kipling is often best remembered for The Jungle Book, which has spun off into many types of adaptations. Here are just a few of the quotes from this famous collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling.

Kidnapped Quotes
Kidnapped is a historical novel and adventure tale about David Balfour. The novel also relates to the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland. The story was first published in 1886. Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges and Seamus Heaney have all praised the novel. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'The Lady of Shalott' Questions for Study & Discussion
'The Lady of Shalott' is one of the greatest works by Lord Tennyson. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Emma Lazarus Quotes
Emma Lazarus is a famous American poet and essayist, famous for the poem she wrote that is associated with the Statue of Liberty: The New Colossus. Here are a few quotes from Emma Lazarus.

Madeleine L'Engle Quotes
Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer, who published more than 60 books in her lifetime. One of her most famous books was A Wrinkle in Time, but she also wrote works of poetry. Here are a few quotes from Madeleine L'Engle.

Madeleine L'Engle Quotes
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Madeleine L'Engle Quotes
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Madeleine L'Engle Quotes
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'Madame Bovary' Study Guide
Madame Bovary is a novel by Gustave Flaubert. This Great French Novel discusses: sex, alienation, and hopelessness. Dreams are never realized; hopes are dashed; and passion is meaningless.

'Madame Bovary' Questions for Study and Discussion
Madame Bovary is one of the greatest works by Gustave Flaubert. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Norman Mailer Quotes
Norman Mailer was one of the greatest (and most controversial) writers of his generation--famous for his mix of fact and fiction. He received the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for Armies of the Night. Here are a few quotes from Norman Mailer.

'Medea' Questions for Study and Discussion
Medea is one of the greatest works by Euripides, but it's also a controversial play. This Greek drama depicts a mother's wrath, and the devastating extent to which she's willing to go... Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'Much Ado About Nothing' Quotes
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's comedies, with one of the most popular Romantic duos of all time. The play has tons of wit, twists, turns... But, hey, it's a comedy. Here are a few quotes from the play.

'1984' Study Guide
1984 is a novel by George Orwell. This Great English Novel discusses: the devastating effects of an authoritarian society, where thoughtcrime is illegal--with alienation and loneliness mixed in. Dreams are never realized; hopes are dashed; and passion is meaningless (never destined to last; twisted and subverted in the end).

'1984' Book Club Discussions
Here are discussions related to 1984 by George Orwell.

'Of Mice and Men' Study Guide
Of Mice and Men is a novel by John Steinbeck. This Great American Novel centers around two farm hands: George and Lenny. They are alienated and outsiders--running from one place to the next--but they still want a piece of the American Dream.

'Our Town' Quotes
Our Town is a famous American play by Thornton Wilder. This drama is famous for its stark reality. Emily leaves us with a sense of the beauty in life that so many of us never seem to realize. Here are a few quotes from the play.

'Persuasion' Quotes
Persuasion is a sentimental novel by Jane Austen. The book was published after Jane Austen's death (in 1818). This famous work focuses on the highs and lows in the relationship of Anne Elliott and Captain Frederick Wentworth. Here are a few quotes from Jane Austen's Persuasion.

'Persuasion' Questions for Study and Discussion
Persuasion is one of the greatest works by Jane Austen. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'The Pilgrim's Progress' Quotes
The Pilgrim's Progress is an allegorical novel by John Bunyan. The work is about Christian, an everyman, who sets out on his journey to the Celestial City. He faces many trials and tribulations along the way. The work has been considered an influential book in English literature. Here are a few quotes from the book.

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

'The Pearl' Terms
Here's a vocabulary list from The Pearl, by John Steinbeck. Use these terms for reference, study, and discussion.

Alexander Pope Quotes
Alexander Pope is famous for An Essay on Criticism. He was a critic, essayist, satirist, and one of the greatest poets of the Enlightenment. Pope is a popular figure for study in literary history. Here are a few quotes from Alexander Pope.

'Pride and Prejudice': Once upon a time, before there was Colin Firth...
I believe that if Austen had any regrets, they were of short duration. I believe that the satisfaction of sending four of her six great novels into the world (two were not published till after her death) and maintaining a close, lifelong relationship with her sister Cassandra more than compensated for the wealth and social consequence she gave up. Page 2.

'Pride and Prejudice' Quotes
Pride and Prejudice was first published on January 28, 1813. Jane Austen's novel was written during the Romantic period, and it was her second novel. Pride and Prejudice is regarded by many to be her most famous and best-loved work of fiction, with its focus on young ladies in search of husbands. Discover the words of Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice.

Erich Maria Remarque Quotes
Erich Maria Remarque was a German writer, probably most famous for his war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929). He was born Erich Paul Remark, but he changed his middle name to honor his mother. His books were burned and banned in the 1930's by the Nazis in Germany. Here are a few quotes from the works of Erich Maria Remarque.

Erich Maria Remarque Quotes
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'A Room of One's Own' Quotes
A Room of One's Own is one of Virginia Woolf's most famous works. Some of her most well-known sayings and phrases come from this short work. Here are a few quotes from Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.

George Sand Quotes
George Sand was a French Romantic novelist. One of her claims to fame was her relationship with Frederic Chopin. She used the pseudonym George Sand, but she was born Aurore Dupin. Here are a few quotes from George Sand.

'A Simple Heart' - Part 1
A Simple Heart is part of a collection, Three Tales, by Gustave Flaubert. Here's the first part.

'A Simple Heart' - Part 2
A Simple Heart is part of a collection, Three Tales, by Gustave Flaubert. Here's the second part.

'The Story of An Hour' Quotes
What is it about The Story of An Hour that so fascinates the reader? Is it the surprise ending? Is it Mrs. Mallard's initial reaction to the news about her husband? With these quotes, discover how Kate Chopin dramatizes the story of a wife, who discovers the truth about her husband's death. Read on.

The Story of An Hour Study Guide
The Story of An Hour is a short story by Kate Chopin. The story was published in 1894, and it spans a one-hour span of time in the life of Mrs. Millard. She has a heart condition, which causes her sister and her husband's friend, Richard, to be extremely concerned about her when the terrible news of her husband's death in a train accident is passed on to her. Read more about this story.

'Tender is the Night' Quotes
Tender is the Night is a famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The work details the life and deterioration of Dr. Dick Diver, who falls in love with a mental patient. This novel was considered a failure at the time of its publication, but it is one of Fitzgerald's most important works. Here are a few quotes.

'Tender is the Night' Quotes
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Vocabulary
Here's a vocabulary list from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. Use these terms for reference, study, and discussion.

'Treasure Island' Study Guide
Treasure Island is a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. This Great Adventure Novel centers around Jim Hawkins, a young boy who is caught up in the search for a long-lost treasure. There's pirates, mutiny, a treasure map--all the elements of a memorable adventure tale.

'Tuck Everlasting' Quotes
Tuck Everlasting is a tale of immortality, as Winnie discovers the Tuck family (who have lived in isolation for so long). Here are a few quotes from Tuck Everlasting.

'Uncle Tom's Cabin' Quotes
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is as famous as it is controversial. The book helped to flare up feelings for the slaves in the South, but some of the stereotypes have not been appreciated by some readers in more recent years. Whatever your opinion about Stowe's romantic novel, the work is a class in American literature. Here are a few quotes from the book.

'Uncle Tom's Cabin' Quotes
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is as famous as it is controversial. The book helped to flare up feelings for the slaves in the South, but some of the stereotypes have not been appreciated by some readers in more recent years. Whatever your opinion about Stowe's romantic novel, the work is a class in American literature. Here are a few quotes from the book. Page 2.

'Uncle Tom's Cabin' Quotes
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is as famous as it is controversial. The book helped to flare up feelings for the slaves in the South, but some of the stereotypes have not been appreciated by some readers in more recent years. Whatever your opinion about Stowe's romantic novel, the work is a class in American literature. Here are a few quotes from the book. Page 3.

'Watership Down' Quotes
Watership Down is a novel by Richard Adams. The work is an allegory: a fantasy about a group of rabbits in search of a warren. Here are a few quotes from Watership Down.

'Where the Red Fern Grows' Quotes
Where the Red Fern Grows is a famous work by Wilson Rawls. The novel is a coming of age story, involving Billy Colman and his dogs. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Watership Down' Questions for Study and Discussion
Watership Down is a famous fantasy novel by Richard Adams. Here are questions for study and discussion.

A Wizard of Earthsea Quotes
A Wizard of Earthsea is a novel by Ursula K. Le Guin. This fantasy is a coming of age story, centering around Ged, who is destined to become a great wizard. Here are a few quotes from A Wizard of Earthsea.

Mrs. Dalloway & Her Descendents
With the publication of

The Hours: A Descendent of Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
When Virginia Woolf was working on the draft version for

'Great Expectations' Questions for Discussion and Study
Great Expectations is an famous work of Victorian literature. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'A Wrinkle in Time' Questions for Study and Discussion
A Wrinkle in Time is one of Madeleine L'Engle's most famous works. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'Little Women' Quotes
Little Women is a popular novel by Louisa May Alcott. Based on her own experiences growing up with sisters, the novel continues to be one of Alcott's best known works. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

'Heart of Darkness' Questions for Study and Discussion
Heart of Darkness is one of the most famous works by Joseph Conrad. But, what does it mean? Why is the novella so controversial? What does the work have to say about humanity? Here are a few questions for study and discussion, related to Heart of Darkness.

Joseph Conrad Quotes
Joseph Conrad is an important writer in English literature, known for his contributions to modernism and psychological realism. Conrad's Heart of Darkness has been the subject of debate and controversy, even as it has been studied in classrooms. Read a few of the quotes from Joseph Conrad.

'The Black Cat' Quotes
The Black Cat is a favorite for scary-storytelling and Halloween imaginings. The story centers around a cat, but the story becomes a psychological study, as we watch the owner become more and more erratic. It's a first-person narrative, which makes the story all the more memorable. Here are a few quotes from the short story.

'Things Fall Apart' Questions for Study and Discussion
Things Fall Apart is a famous novel by Chinua Achebe. It's an important work in world literature, but the book has also been banned--it discusses colonialism. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'The Storm' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Storm is a favorite American short story by Kate Chopin. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'The Storm' Quotes
What do you think about when you hear the storm come in? The Storm by Kate Chopin is a famous work in American literature--one of her most well-known short stories. Here are a few quotes.

'Wuthering Heights' Questions for Study and Discussion
Wuthering Heights is one of the greatest works by Emily Bronte. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Two Aspects of Literary Study
A study of Literature includes two purposes, contributing to a common end. In the first place (I), the student must gain some general knowledge of the conditions out of which English literature has come into being, as a whole and during its successive periods, that is of the external facts of one sort or another without which it cannot be understood.

'The Giver' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Giver is a well-recognized work by Lois Lowry. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'The Wind in the Willows' Quotes - Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows is a favorite tale by Kenneth Grahame. Here are a few quotes from that famous work.

'The Wind in the Willows' More Quotes
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'Dracula' Questions for Study and Discussion
Dracula is one of the greatest works by Bram Stoker. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Beowulf's Monsters
The story of Beowulf and his monsters is a long and complicated record of terror, blood, glory, and death. The setting draws us to a place and time that's foreign to our understanding. It was a time when hardy warrior tribes fought against one another, when change and death were inevitable, when all that really mattered was not if you died by how and when...

'Bartleby the Scrivener' Quotes
Bartleby the Scrivener is one of the most famous short stories by Herman Melville, who is famous for his epic novel, Moby Dick. The story is often studied in literature classrooms. Melville was one of the greatest writers in American literature of his time. Here are a few quotes from the short story.

Banning 'Ulysses' - Introduction
James Joyce's Ulysses is one of the most important books of the 20th century, but its size and style often scare away would-be readers. And, while his language has been praised for its poetic and varied style, it has also been criticized for its explicit nature. Read more about the book and its history with censorship!

Banning Ulysses - A Day for Leopold Bloom
James Joyce's Ulysses is the record of a single day in the life of Leopold Bloom. The day, June 16, 1904, is significant to Joyce because it was the day when he first met Nora Barnacle, who was to become his wife. She was a chambermaid at Finn's Hotel, Dublin, and he took her for a walk on June 16, 1904. Read more about Joyce's Ulysses. Page 2.

Banning 'Ulysses' - Judge Woolsey's Decision
Read Judge Woolsey's Decision on James Joyce's Ulysses. Page 3.

Banning 'Ulysses' - More of Judge Woolsey's Decision
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Banning 'Ulysses' - Final Judge Woolsey's Decision
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'Alas, Babylon' Quotes
Pat Frank (Harry Hart Frank) published Alas, Babylon in 1959. It takes place in Florida, centering around the Braggs. Here are a few quotes from this post-apocalyptic novel, which is one of the first novels of the nuclear age.

'Beloved' Questions for Study and Discussion
Beloved is one of the greatest works by Toni Morrison. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Lord Byron Books
(1788-1824) British writer. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron was one of the English

British Literature Anthologies
British Literature covers so much ground that it's often difficult for the teacher or student to know where to start. These anthologies present comprehensive views of literature from Old and Middle English (600-1485), through the Renaissance (1485-1660), the Restoration, the Romantic Period (1789-1832), and beyond. These books provide the texts for some of the greatest British writers of all time, including Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, and many others. Read on.

Books About Thanksgiving in Literature
Thanksgiving Day is an important part of American culture, and it has been depicted in many works of literature. One of the most notable stories of Thanksgiving is the one by Louisa May Alcott, but there are other tales, which involve the feast, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and other elements of the history (or mis-history). Read more about the day and the legends that have been developed in recognition of Thanksgiving Day.

Doris Lessing's Short Story Collections
Doris Lessing is a Nobel Laureate in literature, who is famous for her short stories (as well as novels like The Golden Notebook and Four-Gated City). Take a look at a few of her short story collections, and find out which stories you can find in each collection.

20th Century Classics
Here are 20th-century classics. They are examples from the greatest masters of the 20th century. Included here are works by John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, J.D. Salinger, and others. Page 4.

'The Giver' - Significance of the title by Lois Lowry?
The Giver is a famous young adult novel, by Lois Lowry. In a utopian society, Jonas

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) Profile
(1819-1880) British writer. George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans in Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire. Eliot's first collection,

Arthur Miller: His Life and Works
In his biography, award-winning Martin Gottfried explores the life and works of Arthur Miller, a controversial figure in American theater. With more than 400 books, articles and theses written about just one of Miller's plays, Gottfried discusses why Miller's plays have been as popular as they've been hotly debated. Read on.

Mark Twain - What Have Famous Writers Said About Mark Twain?
What have famous writers said about Mark Twain? Read more quotes from famous writers, related to Mark Twain and his works.

Isaac Bashevis Singer Profile
(1904-1991) Polish-born American writer. Isaac Bashevis Singer was a journalist, short-story writer, novelist, and essayist, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978

'The Awakening' Review
Published in 1899, The Awakening remains an important title in feminist literature. Kate Chopin's work is a book I will revisit again and again--each time with a different perspective.

20th Century Classics
Here are 20th-century classics. They are examples from the greatest masters of the 20th century. Included here are works by John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, J.D. Salinger, and others. Page 2.

Understanding "The Four Idols"
We come to see that the idols of the tribe are universal human errors such as too uncritical a belief in regularities.

Jane Eyre Quiz
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1984 Quiz
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The Red Badge of Courage Quiz
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Uncle Tom's Cabin Quiz
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War of the Worlds Quiz
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My Last Duchess Quiz
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Antigone Quiz
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The Canterbury Tales Quiz
How many tales are a part of "The Canterbury Tales"? Why were the pilgrims on a journey, and where were they going? Test your knowledge about "The Canterbury Tales."

Who Wrote It? -- Quiz
Test your knowledge about who wrote these bits of literature, with this quiz by Tamra Willett-Johnson.

Old English Quiz
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Pride and Prejudice Quiz
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Mark Twain Quiz
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Treasure Island Quiz
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Kate Chopin
Throughout her life, Kate Chopin, author of "The Awakening" and other short stories such as "A Pair of Silk Stockings," "Désirée's Baby," and "The Story of an Hour," actively searched for female spiritual emancipation, which she found and expressed in her writing.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)
Mary Shelley's first and most important work was Frankenstein, which was finished when she was 19-years-old. The story came out of a holiday that Mary and Percy took in Switzerland with Byron. The writers were all talking about the supernatural one night when Byron proposed that they each should write a ghost story. That night, Mary had a waking nightmare, which eventually developed into the story of Frankenstein and his hideous progeny. Mary Shelley spend under a year writing the book and it was published in 1818. Frankenstein is still considered her greatest work.

Red Riding Hood Turned Sexy - 'Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked' Review
In more recent years, Little Red Riding Hood has changed dramatically, as she appears in movies, commercials, advertisements, cartoons, and more. She has also been reinvented by modern writers like Anne Sexton, Roald Dahl, and Gwen Strauss. Feminist analysis also plays a part in more recent interpretations of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. Page 2.

Review: 'Daphnis and Chloe'
Longus' second-century Greek novel Daphnis and Chloe, takes the ekphrasis to its farthest extreme, creating the entirety of its narrative existence out of a description of a single painting. Page 2.

My Last Duchess -- Robert Browning
Robert Browning was one of the famous poets of the 19th century (Victorian period). He's particularly well-known for his early monologue,

'Our Mutual Friend' Review - 2
From what would have been, in other hands, inanimate background, Dickens creates movement--reality. Read more about Our Mutual Friend, from this review by John Thornton. Page 2.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Through Joyce's clear glass, we can see a great deal. Read more about A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, from this review by John Thornton. Page 2.

'Tender is the Night' Review
Tender is the Night, in addition to resembling the life of its author, also tends to resemble the life of its lead character. Read more about Tender is the Night, with this review by John Thornton. Page 2.

'The Recognitions' Review
One of the major themes of The Recognitions is the near-impossibility of originality (especially for a writer floating in the wake of James Joyce), but somehow William Gaddis manages to create something resonantly original in this novel of echoing derivatives. Page 2.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Books


Romantic Period Poetry - American Literature
American poets like Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Edgar Allan Poe were inspired by nature, patriotism, and religion to create inspirational and experimental poetic works. Read more about American poems from the Romantic Period.

Jane Austen Evening
Have you ever imagined dancing the night away in Jane Austen period costumes? Take a look at this event! Page 12.

Jane Austen Evening
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Jane Austen Evening
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Jane Austen Evening
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Jane Austen Evening
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Jane Austen Evening
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Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was one of the most important writers of his time. Read more about him. Page 2.

Jane Austen Evening
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Jane Austen Evening
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Jane Austen Evening
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New Book Releases - August 2007 Books
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New Book Releases - August 2007 Books
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New Book Releases - June 2007 Books
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'Our Mutual Friend' Review
Are generations of high school students wrong in thinking that Charles Dickens is one of the most boring writers ever to write what in many cases amounts to soap operas for money? Read more about Our Mutual Friend, in this review from John Thornton.

Feminist criticism
What is feminist criticism? Why do we read and write feminist criticism? Read more about feminist criticism.

Albert Camus Biography
(1913-1960) French writer. Albert Camus was born on November 7, 1913 in Mondovi, Algeria. His father was an agricultural worker, and his mother was an illiterate charwoman. With famous works like The Stranger, and The Plague, Camus is recognized as a master of existentialism. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1957.

Clement Clarke Moore
(1779-1863) American writer. Clement Clarke Moore is perhaps most famous for A Visit from St. Nicholas, which is also called

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1772-1834) British writer. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a poet, critic and philosopher, perhaps most famous for

Christina Rossetti
(1830-1894) British writer. Christina Rossetti was part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and famous for

Ivan Turgenev Biography
(1818-1883) Russian writer. Ivan Turgenev was a recognized 19th-century novelist, playwright and poet, though he was not as famous as his contemporaries, Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Despite the fact that his works are not as popular or as well-read as those of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, he made a valuable contribution to 19th century Russian literature.

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
(1835-1910) American writer. Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Missouri on November 30, 1835. Read more about Mark Twain's life and works.

Margaret Mitchell Biography
(1900-1949) American writer. Margaret Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia. She became famous for writing Gone With The Wind (1936).

William Bradford Biography
(1590-1657) American writer. William Bradford was born in 1590 in Yorkshire, but he would become one of the most famous writers and leaders in American history, famous for the Mayflower Compact and History of Plimoth Plantation, (sic) which wasn't published in full until 1856. Read more about the life and works of William Bradford.

Realism - American Literature
What is Realism? Read more about it.

Hans Christian Anderson Biography
Hans Christian Anderson was a famous Danish writer, known for his fairy tales, as well as other works.

Francis Bacon (Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Albans)
(1561-1626) British writer. Francis Bacon is known as a philosophical writer. His works include:

F.S. Fitzgerald (Francis Scott Fitzgerald) Biography
(1896-1940) American writer. F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for

Marcel Proust Biography
(1871-1922) French writer. Marcel Proust was a novelist, essayist, and critic. He was also a prolific letter writer. The work for which he is usually most often remembered is

'Candide' Review
In 1759, a vitriolic Frenchman known as Voltaire (1694-1778) wrote Candide. It was written in retaliation against the tenets of the then-eminent German philosopher Leibniz, who claimed that mankind lives in the best of possible worlds. Voltaire tried to dismantle this notion, and thus created his most widely read book. The Bantam Classic edition offers a highly informative forward by Andre Maurois, with caustic wit and hyperbole.

Review: 'Cry the Beloved Country'
Alan Paton began writing Cry the Beloved Country in a hotel room in Norway while he was undertaking a world-wide survey of correctional facilities. Once he'd started writing in a flood of emotion, it only took him three months to finish the book.

'Dust Tracks on the Road' Review
Zora Neale Hurston wrote stories, novels, plays, and folklore. A born storyteller, she was part of the Harlem Renaissance of African-American writers. Read more about Zora Neale Hurston.

The Thibaults
Written between 1922 and 1929, this 800-page chronicle of a Parisian family is a rewarding work for readers interested primarily in psychological motivations of complex, life-like characters.

'Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked' Review
Forget everything you ever thought you knew about fairy tales, and

'The Pearl' Review
The Pearl is somewhat of a departure from some of John Steinbeck's earlier works. The novel has been compared to Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Here's a review of the work.

Review: 'As I Lay Dying'
Originally published in 1930, William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying gives the account of one family's mission to bury their mother in a distant city.

'Beowulf' Review
For more than a thousand years, Beowulf has been part of the foundation on which all English literature is built. The epic is filled with monsters and heroes, including the fiercely strong Beowulf, as archetypal a hero as exists in literature.

'The Big Sleep' Review
Told with Chandler's absolutely inimitable (yet oft attempted) style of bare, sparse, ironic sentences and brilliantly conjured characters--The Big Sleep is a brilliant look into the seedy side of the American dream, and one man's attempt to keep honest.

Ship of Fools
In 1494 a book entitled Ship of Fools was published in Basel. Written by Sebastian Brant, this profound masterpiece was to have an impact on Europe's cultural climate. The book's status as an unprecedented bestseller can be explained when one aligns the author and his intention, the reception of the book, and the consequences of his work. Read on.

'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' Review
In The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy allows us to see a man who has wasted his life and was incapable of imagining his own death.

'Charles Dickens: His Life and Work' Review
Charles Dickens drew from an early life of poverty, loneliness and exile to create the magic of fiction. In Charles Dickens: His Life and Work,

'The Glass Menagerie' Review
The Glass Menagerie is one of Tennessee Williams more sedate plays, but what it lacks in the southern fire and passion of A Streetcar Named Desire and A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, it more than makes up for in its poetry and emotional power. Read more about The Glass Menagerie.

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Bloom: Proust, Nabokov, and the Tyranny of Memory
In his Lectures on Literature, Vladimir Nabokov calls Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time

'Jude the Obscure' Review
Jude the Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardy's novels. Because of the fierce reception the novel received when it was published (critics savaged both what they saw as its obscenity and its pessimism), Hardy gave up writing in prose, turning his concentration to poetry. Literary fiction's loss turned out to be poetry's gain. Hardy produced some of the most beautiful poetry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

'Kidnapped' Review
Kidnapped is more than just a story about a young man's search for his true birthright. Stevenson knew that more than that was needed to capture our attention!

'Look Back in Anger' Review
When it first appeared on the London state in 1956, Look Back in Anger completely revolutionized British theatre.

'Madame Bovary' Review
Madame Bovary is the story of a woman caught between two worlds--one of the dull and stultifying country life that she leads with her husband, and the world of high romance and love: a fantasy.

'The Man Who Was Thursday' Review
It's refreshing to see, in The Man Who Was Thursday, a rare harmony between form and content. G.K. Chesterton's book is a novel about anarchists that is itself a sustained act of anarchy... Read more about The Man Who Was Thursday, in this review from John Thornton.

'The Man Who Was Thursday' Review - Page 2
Chesterton, like Gabriel Syme, is a poet of order, and one of the few writers outside of Dante or Joyce capable of making perceived universal structure into a living force rather than a dead watchword... Read more about The Man Who Was Thursday, in this review from John Thornton. Page 2.

'On Nineteen Eighty-Four: Orwell and Our Future' Review
This book brings a fresh, new and exciting look at one of Orwell's greatest books: 1984. Read more about the book, with this review from Nicole LaMarco.

'One Hundred Years of Solitude' Review
The novel has been called one of the greatest classics, written by Gabriel García Márquez. With all its controversy and tome-like qualities, One Hundred Years of Solitude will certainly never be forgotten...

'The Phantom Tollbooth' Review
Norton Juster began to write a children's book about urban aesthetics, a complex subject. He was overloaded, so he took a vacation and thought of the story for The Phantom Tollbooth instead.

'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' Review
There are two kinds of classic books. The former consist of all the stories that, once heard, seem to demand a telling: the war of Satan against Heaven, the journeys of a man convinced of his status as a knight, the struggle for redemption faced by a man who sells his soul to the devil. Read more about A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, from this review by John Thornton.

'The Recognitions' Review
In 1955, at the age of thirty-three, William Gaddis published his debut novel, The Recognitions, a monumental lexicon novel that went largely unread but that deeply influenced every writer with the fortitude to wade through its 1000 pages.

Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night is a much-loved and much performed Shakespearean tour de force that has all the generic features that one would expect from one of the bard's best comedies. Read more about Twelfth Night, with this review.

'The Waves' Review
The Waves is considered by many to be Virginia Woolf's masterpiece. Here, she entirely gives in to her impulse towards experimentalism. The Waves, is unlike any other prose novel in English literature; it pushes the boundaries of what we can accept as narrative fiction. Read more about the novel.

How to Determine a Reading Schedule
Despite your best efforts, it's sometimes difficult to stick with your plan to finish that list of books. Other projects get in the way. You may find yourself overwhelmed by the size of the book you've chosen. You may just let the habit of reading slide or slip until you've forgotten much of the plot and/or characters; and, you feel that you might as well just start over. Here's a solution: Set up a reading schedule to get you through those books!

'The Tin Drum' Review
Of the great postwar novels of the twentieth century, few have had as much international impact as Günter Grass' The Tin Drum. Published in 1959, the novel has had a palpable influence on the works of Thomas Pynchon, and the novel's style, structure, and circle of themes has served as a virtual template for such works as Edgar Hilsenrath's brilliant The Nazi and the Barber and Salman Rushdie's even-more-derivative (but still brilliant) Midnight's Children.

How to Keep Track of Characters
Whether you're reading a novel for a literature class, or enjoying a book on the beach, characters are the vehicles that often help to drive the plot. They make you care about what happens, and you may grow emotionally attached to them (wishing for their happiness and success). But, not all characters are very exciting. And, in some novels, the characters have such similar names that it's sometimes difficult to keep track. Here are a few tips to help...

How to Find Pleasure in Reading
Imagine walking along a deserted seashore, hiking to the top of mountains, sleeping in a field of flowers, finding love, or chasing after an elusive criminal mind. Works of literature--novels, short stories, poems, and plays--are filled with these many moments. As you read through the pages, discover the pleasure of reading--enjoyment that can last a lifetime.

How to Take Care of Books
What do you do to take care of the books in your library? Some of the most avid collectors refuse to read the books in their collection; so the books remain in mint condition. Others buy two copies of a book; they read one, and leave the other untouched. But, many readers must read their books, but they still want to protect and care for the volumes. Here are some tips to remember if you want your books to remain in good condition.

How to Write a Literary Book Review
If you plan to study literature, there is a good chance that you will be asked to write a literary book review in one of your classes. A book review is not simply a plot summary or an unsupported opinion of how well the reader did or did not like the book. A book review includes information about the key elements of the book (plot, character, setting, theme, etc.) and the reviewer's opinion of how well the author has succeeded in using those elements to write an effective story. Read on.

Book Collecting - Why are book club editions not valuable?
Find out why book club editions may not be as valuable as other books in a collection. Read on.

Mark Twain - Where Can the Family History / Genealogy of Mark Twain Be Found?
Where can the family history / genealogy of Mark Twain be found? Are there any direct descendants of Mark Twain? Read more about Mark Twain's family.

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.

Realism Period Novels - American Literature
The Realism Period (1865-1900) incorporates a difficult time in American history, with the Civil War, industrialization, Reconstruction, urbanization, and more. In American literature, famous writers like Charles W. Chesnutt, Stephen Crane, Henry James, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton were presenting a more realistic view of life in thier works of literature. Read on.

Word Origin Books
Where did the words in language come from? What do the origins of words say about our culture? And, how do the various meanings of words evolve over time. Read more about word origins: the stories they tell...

Anthologies of American Literature
American literature has a rich and varied history, from Colonial writers like Anne Bradstreet, through Civil War writers like Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, and on through the adventures of Bret Hart, Mark Twain, and Jack London. Read more about American literature.

Roald Dahl Books
Roald Dahl is a favorite author for readers of all ages. He is the mastermind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and countless other famous books. Take a look at these books... Explore a few of his greatest classics.

New Book Releases - August 2007 Books
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New Book Releases - June 2007 Books
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'Hard Times' Review
Hard Times, first published in 1854, is short--compared to the other major novels of Charles Dickens. It is divided into three parts: Sowing, Reaping, and Garnering.

Henrik Ibsen's Plays
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a Norwegian playwright, famous for A Doll's House, The Master Builder, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, and Hedda Gabler. Read more about the works of Henrik Ibsen.

Introductions to the Novel
A novel is a fictional form of literature, which is of some length. The length of the novel allows the author to develop the characters and plot in more depth than what can be found in short stories and novellas. There is some disagreement about the earliest form of the novel, but these books offer discussions and interpretations of the novel's development. Learn more about the novel, with these top books!

Founding Fathers' Literature
Men like Ben Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson came from different backgrounds and experiences. They came together to found a new nation, based on the principles of liberty and justice. Read on.

John Steinbeck Biography
John Steinbeck is a famous American writer, known for The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, The Moon is Down, and many other works. He also wrote plays, short stories and essays. Here's a brief biography of John Steinbeck.

'Crime and Punishment' Review
Readers of Crime and Punishment witness the murder of moneylender Alena Ivanovna--from its inception as an idea to the act itself--early in the novel. Still, a delicious mystery unfolds with the introduction of each new participant in the investigation. Is Raskolnikov desperate? Mad? Evil? Is he, like Napoleon, a conqueror of old ways and ideas?

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Review
Harper Lee's coming-of-age tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, is set in the Deep South, and is a searing portrayal of race and prejudice told through the eyes of a little girl.

Louisa May Alcott Biography
(1832-1888) American Writer. Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She was the second of four girls. Read more about the life and works of Louisa May Alcott.

'Dubliners' Review
James Joyce--by turns educator, drunkard, confidence man and genius--brought out Dubliners in 1914, nine or ten years after most of the fifteen stories that comprise the book had already been written. Read more about Dubliners, in this review by John Thornton.

Percy Bysshe Shelley Biography
(1792-1822) British writer. Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the famous poets of the Romantic period of English poetry. He drew from mythological figures to explore his poetic vision. Read more about the life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

William Wordsworth Biography
(1770-1850) British writer. William Wordsworth is perhaps best known for his collaborative efforts with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a relationship that culminated in the publication of

Jane Austen Evening
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'Mansfield Park' Review
While Jane Austen is sometimes seen as the creator of a generalized storyline extended in the form of different novels, each of her works is unique in one way or the other. Read more about Mansfield Park, in this review by Ernest Dempsey.

Benjamin Franklin Biography
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor. He's known as the writer of

Tennessee Williams: Plays
In this two-volume collection of the plays by Tennessee Williams, you'll read how

'A Room of One's Own' Review
A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf, is a mighty proposition for women's independence in creative endeavors. While the innovation and courage found in the writing may be lost on today's readers, the profundity of her work is best seen through the cultural and historical lens of 1929. At that time, women were not allowed into particular universities and libraries--let alone given the opportunity to express themselves creatively.

Fools in Literature
Literature is filled with fools and tricksters. Down through literary history, the fools have provided comic relief. Think of Shakespeare's Falstaff, Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel, and Singer's Gimpel. Read more about the fools and jesters in literature.

'Tender is the Night' Review
In 1930, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald's infamous wife, was admitted to a French sanatorium. Read more about Tender is the Night, with this review by John Thornton.

'Invisible Man' Review
While the events of Invisible Man are rooted in very serious modern social events, Ralph Ellison himself stated that its main importance as a work was in its style and experimental nature. Ellison never abandoned music, and Invisible Man attains to the perfection of form that's almost solely available to sonic composers.

'Their Eyes Were Watching God' Review
First published in 1937, Their Eyes Were Watching God was a financial success, but it was extremely unpopular among many of Hurston's African-American peers.

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) British writer.
(1478-1535) British writer. Sir Thomas More was the author of Utopia, and he has been celebrated as a martyr of the Roman Catholic Church.

Moore, Thomas
Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer. He's famous for: The Last Rose of Summer.

Reading & Study Resources
You're looking to talk with other readers about books? Where do you turn? Why not start a book club? Or, find out what book clubs are already going online or in your local area. Read on.

Accessories - Reading light, glasses, bookmarkes, etc.
Here are some items that are essential for the best reading experience. Find bookmarks to indicate where you left off reading. Discover a reading light for enjoying your book in the dark, and then take a look at these other accessories.

Addiction to Books - Bibliophile or Bookaholic
Whether you are addicted to books or you know someone who is unable to resist their love for reading, you'll find details, resources and tips that should help!

Stranger - Albert Camus
The Stranger is a novel by Albert Camus, French writer. Published in 1942, the book was his first book.

Evil Characters - Literature - Classic Literature
The evil characters in literature help to create some of the greatest plots in history. Which one is your favorite?

Turn of the Century
Assessments of the 19th century and predictions about the 20th published from 1898 to 1901.

Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus is probably Christopher Marlowe's greatest achievement. The play features some of his greatest poetry. The play presents a fascinating exploration of religious observance--without any easy answers.

Book Buying Advice
Here are tips and reviews for buying books.

Adventures Among Books
Books are full of adventures--near and far. But, our experience with books and literature is an adventure as well. Discover more about adventures in literature, including a book entitled Adventures Among Books, by Andrew Lang.

Libraries
Libraries are the repository of information--full of books and other literary resources. What do you love most about a library?

'A Clean Well-Lighted Place' Review
The name of Ernest Hemingway towers above them in literary history. He is memorable not only for what he did (creating some great works of literature, including Old Man and the Sea and The Sun Also Rises), but also for what he didn't do. He didn't use an excess of words and language in his books. He is known for brevity.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Biography
(1860-1935) American writer. Charlotte Perkins Gilman is famous for her short story,

'The Yellow Wallpaper' Summary
The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, an American writer. In the work of Gothic fiction, Gilman embellishes upon her personal experience with postpartum depression to delve into the mental health of a young woman. Her goal was

'Of Mice and Men' Summary
Of Mice and Men is a famous and controversial American novel by award-winning writer, John Steinbeck.

'Astrophil and Stella' Review
A sonnet sequence composed by poet, courtier and swashbuckler, Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella is a treatment of courtly love between two (to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare) star cross'd lovers. It constitutes a number of poems supposedly written by a man called Astrophil to his lover Stella. The sonnet sequence creates the myth of a great lover, whilst quite firmly puncturing that myth.

Alexander Pope Biography
(1688-1744) British writer. Alexander Pope was born in London on May 22, 1688 into a Roman Catholic family. He was the only child of Alexander Pope, Sr., a linen-draper, and Edith Turner Pope. Read more about Pope's life and works.

James Fenimore Cooper Biography
(1789-1851) American writer. James Fenimore Cooper is a famous Romantic novel in American literature. He's known for works of historical fiction, including The Last of the Mohicans, The Spy, and the Leatherstocking series. He's recognized as a notable, representative writer in 19th-century American fiction.

Jane Austen Biography
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Hampshire, England, UK. Jane Austen became one of the most famous writers of the Romantic era. Read more about the life and works of Jane Austen.

'The Scarlet Pimpernel' Review
The Scarlet Pimpernel is very much in the swashbuckling tradition of Alexandre Dumas and Sir Walter Scott. The novel follows the adventures of a shadowy Englishman who rescues French aristocrats at the time of the French Revolution.

Jane Austen Evening
Have you ever imagined dancing the night away in Jane Austen period costumes? Take a look at this event!

Henry David Thoreau Biography
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American writer, poet, philosopher and naturalist. He is perhaps most famous for his creation of

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
(1860-1904) Russian Writer. Anton Chekhov is famous for plays like

Andrew Marvell
(1621-1678) British writer. Andrew Marvell was one of the metaphysical poets, known for works like

Kate Chopin (Catherine O'Flaherty)
Kate Chopin became famous for The Awakening, though she was largely forgotten after her book was banned. Read more about the life and works of Kate Chopin.

Oliver Goldsmith
(1728-1774) Irish writer. Oliver Goldsmith was born in Ireland on November 10, 1728. He is well-represented in the classroom with works that include:

Review: 'First Love'
Often nostalgic for his youth and his homeland, Turgenev's literary balance nonetheless tempered his works with a lack of sentimentality that makes them perhaps even more effective and touching, and in few instances is this delicate equilibrium more rewardingly bittersweet than in his 1860 novella, First Love.

Authorial Intrusion
What is authorial intrusion? How does it relate to books and literature? Read on.

Plot
What is plot? Why is plot so important in literature? Read more about plot, and how we connect the events.

Informal writing
What is informal writing? Why do we write it? What's it often used for?

Thornton Wilder
(1897-1975) American writer. Thornton Wilder was a Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright and novelist, who is perhaps most famous for his play, Our Town, which was made into a movie. His most famous works explored the human experience. Read more about Thornton Wilder.

Emile Zola
(1840-1902) French writer. Emile Zola was the founder of the Naturalism movement in literature. Zola is known for for works like

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

Carson McCullers Biography
(1917-1967) American writer. Carson McCullers is famous for novels like The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which was a featured selection for the Oprah Book Club. McCullers wrote in the Southern Gothic tradition. Her novels are often dark, with lonely and isolated characters. McCullers once said,

Review: 'Daphnis and Chloe'
Longus' second-century Greek novel Daphnis and Chloe, takes the ekphrasis to its farthest extreme, creating the entirety of its narrative existence out of a description of a single painting.

Demian
When Hermann Hesse wrote

Review: 'The Maltese Falcon'
The Maltese Falcon is a classic work in the film noir style and the hard-boiled detective novel genre and both are fascinating.

The Master and the Margarita
The Master and the Margarita opens with the arrival of the Devil--in the person of traveling magician, Woland, and his demonic entourage (including the chess-playing, vodka-swilling monstrous black cat, Behemoth)--to a Moscow plagued by literary censorship and a general lack of belief in anything beyond the brutally secular. Read this review by Jonathan Thornton.

Out of the Silent Planet
Out of the Silent Planet is C.S. Lewis' brilliant first novel, the first of a science fiction trilogy that has been called Space Trilogy, Cosmic Trilogy, and Ransom Trilogy.

Pygmalion
George Bernard Shaw's

What does Aaron's Rod mean?
The title of D.H. Lawrence's famous work seems to be important, but what does the title mean? What is the meaning of Aaron's rod?

Magnifiers: See What You Read
Magnifiers are essential resources for every reader, no matter what your age. With just a simple device, you can spare your eyes the discomfort and strain of squinting to see that small print on the page. When you're studying textbooks and literary classics all day and all night, even the best eyes could use assistance. Here, you'll find a few magnifiers that should help you read.

Gothic Literature
Gothic Literature includes poetry and novels (between 1764 and 1820) by William Beckford, Matthew Lewis, Ann Radcliffe, Horace Walpole, and others. The genre is characterized by supernaturalism, melodrama, and sensationalism.

Wonderful Wizard of Oz Books and Editions
L. Frank Baum created a wonderful American fairy tale with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Dorthy Gale is swept up in a tornado, and transported to the land of Oz, where she meets witches, munchkins, flying monkeys, and more. Read more about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the most important writers of his time. Read more about him.

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 4, Part 2 - Charles Dickens
Here's the last part of Stave 4, in A Christmas Carol.

'A Christmas Carol' Stave 3, Part 2 - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens follows the second of three spirits (forewarned by Marley's ghost). Here's Stave 3, Part 1, of A Christmas Carol.

Gustave Flaubert Biography
(1821-1880) Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist. He's recognized as one of the greatest writers in world literature, well-known for the scandalous controversies of Madame Bovary. He's representative of Realism. He wanted to capture his subjects in truth, no matter whether the portrayal came across as beauty or ugliness. He was great friends with George Sand (their relationship is well documented in the letters that have survived).

British Literature - Medieval Period
This page features links to authors, works, projects, criticisms, mailing lists, and other resources related to the Medieval period of British literature.

French Literature - Medieval
Internet resources on French Literature.

Classic Literature Directory - Writers Centuries Literature Genres Groups Periods Literary Theory Popular Notable Reference
Explore literature from around the world, by country, time period, genre, and group. Also find reference resources.

User Answers - Books & Literature
Reading and understanding books and literature is different for each person, but we can learn so much from sharing the experience. So, what do you think? What was your favorite book? Why did you hate (or love) High School English? Who was the person who first inspired you to read the classics? Tell us all about it!

William Shakespeare - Theatre Scene
Find out more about Shakespearean theatre.

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

Anne of Green Gables FAQs
You've got questions regarding Anne of Green Gables. I've got answers. Take a look here.

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

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

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

April Fool's Day - All Fool's Day
The origin of April Fool's Day (or All Fool's Day) is uncertain, but it's great fun to participate in practical joking on the first day of April. Discover all that is humorous and foolish in literature. Read on.

Cry, The Beloved Country FAQs
You've got questions regarding Cry, The Beloved Country. I've got answers. Take a look here.

Go Tell It on the Mountain FAQs
You've got questions regarding Go Tell It on the Mountain. I've got answers. Take a look here.

All Quiet On The Western Front FAQs
You've got questions regarding All Quiet On The Western Front. I've got answers. Take a look here.

All's Well That Ends Well - FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
You've got questions about All's Well That Ends Well, by William Shakespeare, and I've got answers. Take look at these frequently asked questions (FAQs) about All's Well That Ends Well.

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