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These pages offer lists of books related to authors, books, topics, time periods, and more. Here, you'll find top biographies about Mark Twain, a list of American Literature Anthologies, books about characters, and more.

'A Christmas Carol' Books
Charles Dickens is famous for his book about Old Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghost Marley. Here are the top books about A Christmas Carol. Read on.

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

'The Jungle' Books
The Jungle (1906) was one of Upton Sinclair's most famous novels.

'The Old Man and the Sea' Books - Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea was a bestseller when it was first published. Read more about The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, with these top books.

Adventure Memoirs - Nonfiction
Nature writing often extends into the far reaches of the landscape: into the deepest oceans, and to the very top of the world's mountains. Read about some of the most amazing personal accounts of discovery!

Adventure Novels
Do you dream of being stranded on a desert island? Would you like to live in a tree, or experience adventures on the high seas--with pirates, storm, shipwreck, and mysterious creatures? If you dream of adventures, these books feature some of the most memorable legends in literature. Discover the adventure!

'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' Books
Originally published in 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the journey of a young boy down the Mississippi River. Huck encounters thieves, murders, and various adventures. The book has also encountered censorship... Read more about Mark Twain's famous book: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

African-American Anthologies
If you want to read the works from the greatest African American writers in Classic Literature, these anthologies will offer narratives, essays, letters, journal entries, and more.

Agatha Christie Collections
Agatha Christie was one of the most prolific writers of mystery novels and short stories, with memorable characters like Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Here are a few collections of Agatha Christie's works. Enjoy the mysteries!

Alexander Pope Books
(1688-1744) British writer. Alexander Pope was a poet, critic, satirist, and essayist. Pope is famous for "Essay on Criticism," "The Rape of the Lock," and "Essay on Man." Read more about the life of Alexander Pope.

Alexandre Dumas Books
Alexandre Dumas was the famous French author of "The Three Musketeers," "The Count of Monte Cristo," "The Man in the Iron Mask," and many other famous works. Read the works of Alexandre Dumas.

American Literature Anthologies
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.

American Novels: 1901-1910
Browse through books from the first decade of the 20th century. Works include: "Sister Carrie," "The Jungle," "House of Mirth," and many more. Read these important 20th-century American novels.

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

Anne Bradstreet Books
Anne Bradstreet is often considered one of the first poets of the Puritan-era America, known for The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America and Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning. Take a look at books about Anne Bradstreet.

Anne Bradstreet Collections
Anne Bradstreet is recognized as the first important American poet. Her poems were collected in "The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America" and "Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning." Read the poems of Anne Bradstreet.

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

Anthologies of Irish Writing
With a rich history of famous writers like William Congreve, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Edmund Burke, and Samuel Beckett, no literary study is complete without a look at the world of Irsih literature. Read more about Irish writing with these anthologies and collections.

Anton Chekhov Books
Anton Chekhov became famous for works like The Cherry Orchard (1904) and The Three Sisters (1901). Poverty caused him misery; he became a doctor; and he suffered from tuberculosis. Read more about the life and works of Anton Chekhov.

Aphra Behn Books
Aphra Behn is one of the most famous women writers, partly because she was one of the earliest women to make a living as a writer, but also because of the controversy surrounding her life and works. Read more about the life and words of Aphra Behn.

Arthurian Myth and Legend in Literature
King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table appear in ancient myth and legend, but they've also managed to populate the fiction and poetry of more modern times. Read about the long history of the Arthurian legend.

AudioBooks: Great Writers Speak
If you've ever wanted to hear the voices of some of the greatest writers in literary history reading their works, these collections provide you with the opportunity you've been waiting for... Listen to Tolkien read from "The Lord of the Rings," or Joyce read from "Ulysses."

Awakening Books
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin was published in 1899, and Willa Cather called it a "Creole 'Bovary'." The book was thought to be immoral and scandalous, with Edna Pontellier committing adultery and then suicide.

Banned Classics
Books are still being banned every day, but do you know which of the great classics have been banned? Here's a list of ten...

Banned Plays
Dramatic works for the stage are banned too! Some of the most famous challenged and banned plays in history include "Oedipus Rex," Oscar Wilde's "Salome," George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession," and Shakespeare's "King Lear." Read more about banned classics in theater history. Discover why these plays have been so controversial.

Benjamin Franklin Books
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an American writer, printer, statesman, and inventor. He was elected to the Second Continental Congress, and he helped to draft the Declaration of Independence. He's known for The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Poor Richard's Almanack. Read more about the life and works of Benjamin Franklin.

Beowulf Books
Written around the tenth century A.D., Beowulf is one of the greatest works of the Medieval era. It describes a Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Read more about Beowulf.

Biographical Dictionaries -- The Stories of Writers
Biographical dictionaries collect the brief biographies of famous writers and other persons of interest. These books are useful not only as a starting point for your literary research, but as a resource for background details about other writers and persons in the historical period you're studying. Discover the life stories of famous writers!

Book Collecting Guides
Whether you're collecting books for fun or profit, these books offer introductions to the practice of book collecting. Learn about the history of book collecting; understand what to do (and not to do) when you're building your collection of books. Discover what to look for in book collecting: first editions, collectible authors, autographs, and rarity.

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

16th-Century Literature
The sixteenth century brought us writers like Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Thomas More, and other figures in literary history. But what about the rest of the world? Read more about 16th-Century Literature.

19th-Century Women Writers
In the study of 19th-century Victorian literature, women writers like Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Mary Shelley are fixtures in our imagination; but who are the other women writers of the period? What did they accomplish?

Abelard and Heloise
The story of Abelard and Heloise is one of the greatest love stories of all time. And, what makes it so interesting is the letters that these two lovers wrote to each other. Read more about their lives, works, and love...

Books About American Naturalism
Naturalism is an American literary movement. In general, the concept is one in which everything belongs to nature, is "natural." Naturalist writers include: Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, Stephen Crane, Ellen Glasgow, and Edith Wharton.

Books About American Writers in Paris
Paris has been an extraordinary destination for American writers, including: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, E. E. Cummings, Cole Porter, Henry Miller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, and John Dos Passos.

Books About Anne Bradstreet
(c1612-1672) Anne Bradstreet is often considered one of the first poets of the Puritan-era America, known for "The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America" and "Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning." Take a look at books about Anne Bradstreet.

Books About Arthurian Myth and Legend
King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table appear in ancient myth and legend, but they've also managed to populate the fiction and poetry of more modern times. Read about the long history of the Arthurian legend.

Books About Atlantis Mythology
Plato wrote about the lost world of Atlantis as a cautionary tale in 347 B.C. Since then, writers and dreamers have been fascinated by the lost continent, creating myths and legends to explain its diappearance.

Books About Autographs
An autograph is a person's signature or handwriting. In addition to the novelty of having the autograph of a famous writer, some book collectors specifically seek out books that are inscribed with the author's autograph. You may find a book signed by Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, or another literary master. But, what is an autographed book worth?

Books About Bibliomania--Addiction to the Classics
Are you addicted to books? You may go to any lengths to find a particular book. Bibliomania is "a gentle madness," a joy that's been enjoyed by bibliomanics, bookworms, book lovers, book hunters, and other readers throughout history. Read about what famous writers have said about thier passions for books; and then discover why you can derive such a pleasure from reading the classics!

Books About Book Care, Restoration & Conservation
How do you prevent your books from becoming tattered and worn? Or, if you buy a book that is damaged or in a state of disrepair, how do you repair or restore the book to good condition? These books offer tips, tricks and specific instructions on how to care for your book collection.

Books About Book Collectors
Who were the greatest book collectors of all time? What books could be found in their libraries, and what made their collections unique? If you've ever wanted to know more about the lives and collections of other book collectors, these books offer an overview of some of the most famous collectors of books and literature.

Books About Book Jackets & Covers
Can you judge a book by its cover? What does the book jacket add to the book? Does the value of a book really increase when the book jacket is in perfect condition? If you were wondering what to think about book jackets, these books offer guides to the art of book covers.

Books About Bookbinding
Do you known how a book is made? What parts or materials are brought together to create a book? Bookbinding is the art or profession of binding books. These books offer introductions to bookbinding: history, materials, techniques, and more.

Books About Characters in Literature: A-to-Z References
These books are great quick-reference guides to finding character for your favorite (or not-so-favorite) novel, poem, story, or other work of literature. Find the characters from Chaucer, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and beyond. Along the way, these books also offer biographical information about the writer, with background about the time and place in...

Books About Chinese Literature
From poetry to novels, stories, and nonfiction works, these books offer a complete look at Chinese literature through history. It's a rich history filled with names like: Confucius, SunZi, Lao Tze, Xun Zi, and more.

Books About Christmas Literature
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 Civil War Literature
Writers have used the Civil War as a backdrop for thier literary writings about American characters. Read "The Red Badge of Courage," and other works.

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

Books About Cupid/Eros in Literature
Cupid is the god of love in Roman mythology. He was the son of Venus and Mercury. In Greek mythology, he was Eros, son of Aphrodite and Hermes. He fell in love with a mortal woman, Psyche; but their romance ended in tragedy. In popular culture, Cupid has also been depicted as a winged being, with a bow and arrows. Read more about the legend of...

Books About Easter in Myth and Literature
In religious tradition, Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus, but many Easter traditions are derived from Ostara, a fertility goddess, who is associated with Spring and the rising sun. Read more about the pagan and religious traditions of Easter. Also, find out how how Easter appear in myth and literature.

Books About Elizabeth I, Writer & Queen
(1533-1603) British writer. Elizabeth I is known for her poetry, speeches, and letters. Writers like Spenser, Marlowe and Shakespeare created masterworks of literature during her reign. Read more about the life and works of Elizabeth I.

Books About Fall Literature
Autumn is intensive with its yellows, oranges, and brilliant reds. The nights are longer, and the chill is in the air, as we walk over the fallen leaves. One season is ending, as winter begins to make its mark.

Books About Famous Fictional Heroines
In exploring the world of literature, these heroines come immediately to mind: Edna Pontellier, Madame Bovary, Moll Flanders, Anna Karenin, Lily Bart, Jane Eyre, Hester Prynne, Elizabeth Bennet, Daisy Miller, and Murasaki Shikibu. Other heroines include: Lucy Honeychurch, Ántonia Shimerdas, Ellen Olenska, Josephine (Jo) March, and Isabel...

Books About First Loves in Literature
A person's first love is unforgettable... Read what classic writers have written about the first time characters fall in love.

Books About 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.

Books About Freedom and Liberty
Freedom is defined as "the condition of being free from restraints," at liberty from slavery or oppression. Men and women have given their lives in the pursuit of freedom; and revolutionary writers often lead the charge. Read more about their lives and works.

Books About Gender & Religion in Chaucer
The study of Geoffrey Chaucer's works often ventures into the area of gender and religious studies. In these books, you'll read about some of the scholarship that's been written about identity, gender and religion. Read on.

Books About 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.

Books About Holocaust Literature
Stories, poems, memoirs, and other writings came out of the Holocaust, representing those who survived as well as the many who died. Anne Frank is one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust, but there were many others. Read about their lives and works.

Books About How to Identify First Edition Classics
Whether you're an avid collector, bookseller, or casual collector, these books should help you find out how to identify first editions. Read more about collecting first edition classics.

Books About How to Live With Books
How do you live with books? It's not always as easy as it may seem. Books take up space; they sometimes need to be repaired; and how do you find the one you want out of the many on your shelves? These books offer recommendations on how to live with books, from finding books you want to buy, and repairing the books you already have to organizing your books.

Books About How to Read
How do you grasp the meaning of a work of literature? Study, learn, comprehend, and interpret characters, words, and sentences to decipher themes and structures in literature.

Books About Irish Writers
Irish literature is filled with them: playwrights, novelists, short story writers, poets, essayists, historians, humorists, and philosophers. They come with names like Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats. Read more about the lives and works of famous Irish writers.

Books About Jewish American Literature
These books collect the voices from Jewish American writers like Tillie Olsen, Allen Ginsberg, and Cynthia Ozick. Find resources related to fiction, poetry, drama, essays, journals, autobiography, and more.

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

Books About Literary Forgery
Literary classics haven't just been created... they've also been forged. Read about some of the most famous literary forgeries.

Books About Literary Theory and Criticism
In your studies of literature, it's helpful to have some background in literary theory. These books should provide a starting point...

Books About Literary Travel
If you're passionate about literature, you may wish to visit the sites where your favorite writers created literary classics. Visit the haunts of J.R.R. Tolkien; walk the streets of Dublin, the site for James Joyce's "Ulysses"; and discover the Paris that Ernest Hemingway, Henry James and others all wrote about. Explore the world of literary travel. Your next vacation may be the most amazing one yet... Read more about it.

Books About Little Red Riding Hood
"Little Red Riding Hood" is a fairy tale with many derivations. Although it is often considered a children's story, some of the evolutions of the tale are brutal and rather grotesque. Read more about Little Red Riding Hood...

Books About Mark Twain's Letters
Mark Twain was one of the most famous American writers, famous for his wit and wisdom, made evident in novels like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," as well as his travel writings, essays, and letters. With these books, you'll read more of the letters from Mark Twain.

Books About Mark Twain's Wit and Humor
Mark Twain is known for his wit and humor. His wit, humor, and wisdom helped his lectures to be well received; and these characteristics have continued to make Mark Twain a widely beloved writer after all these years. Find books related to the wit and humor of Mark Twain.

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

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

Books About Mexican Literature
The history of Mexican literature encompasses Mayan and Aztec myths, and features works by Lee H. Dowling, Margarita Vargas, Mario Martín Flores, Bart L. Lewis, and many others. Read more about Mexican literature.

Books About MLA Style
The MLA style was created by the Modern Language Association, and is used by more than 125 scholarly and literary journals, newsletters, and magazines. MLA-style usage is also required in many schools, so the MLA-style book is an essential reference for every student, teacher, or scholar of literature. Here's a list of books about MLA style.

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

Books About Nature Writing
Nature is a mysterious force that has been a concern of some of the greatest writers. Several writers are recognized for their writings about nature: John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Darwin, and others.

Books About Plagiarism
What is plagiarism? Why is originality so important? These books explore the history of plagiarism, along with discussions of scandals in publishing, academia, and beyond. The bottom line is: Don't do it!

Books About Preserving Your Classics
You may be passionate about your books, and you probably want them to last forever. But, even if you handle your classics with care, you'll probably need to repair those accidental tears or tatters. Here are books to help you preserve and repair the books in your library.

Books About Protest Literature
Protest Literature has existed in different forms throughout literary history. Some of the greatest writers in history have employed their talents toward awakening the public to injustices locally and world-wide.

Books About Restoration Comedy
Restoration Comedy is a style of comedy, from King Charles II's reign. In England, the Comedy of Manners is represented by the plays of William Wycherley, George Etherege, William Congreve, Aphra Behn, and George Farquhar. Read more about Restoration Comedy and the Comedy of Manners.

Books About Robin Hood
Robin Hood is famous for his trickster-like antics: stealing from the rich to give to the poor, wearing disguises, challenging authority, etc. Robin Hood appears in tales and ballads with Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, Will Scarlet, and many more characters. Read more about the history of the Robin Hood legend.

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

Books About Spring Myth & Literature
Spring is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, and renewal. Henry David Thoreau and other nature writers have written about the phenomenon of Spring, with the snow melting, and all of the world coming out of its winter slumber. Read poems, myths, and stories about Spring.

Books About St. Patrick & Irish Mythology
St. Patrick is an important figure in Irish history and literature. Read about the myths and legends that have surrounded St. Patrick; and find out why we still celebrate his life with St. Patrick's Day. Read more about the literature related to St. Patrick.

Books About Summer Literature
Enjoy summer in literature, with books from around the world, including works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more. Read about the journeys in summer adventures: in the heat, through nature, and beyond.

Books About Teaching Literature
Literature is an essential part of a balanced education, but how do you teach a student how to read a classic? How do you urge him or her to see the beauty in Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Dickens? These books offer ideas and specific instructions. Learn what other teachers have found that works in teaching literature in the classroom.

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...

Books About the Bloomsbury Group
The Bloomsbury Group was a group of artists and writers in the early 20th century. Ray Costelloe called them "very fascinating, queer, self-absorbed, fantastic set of people..." The group included: Vanessa (Stephen) Bell, Virginia (Stephen) Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Duncan Grant, Adrian Stephen, Thoby Stephen, Clive Bell, Roger Fry, and E.M. Forster.

Books About the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden in the caves of Qumran, and finally discovered in the Judean desert between 1947 and 1956. Read more about the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Books About The Enlightenment
The Age of Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, was an influential period, which took place during the 18th century, and was named by the writers of the movement.

Books About the History of Books
From the first hand-written manuscripts, through the invention of the printing press, following the history of books is an educational and enlightening journey. Read more about how the book has changed through time, and why books are still such an important part of our lives, even after all these centuries.

Books About the Lewis & Clark Expedition
The expedition of Lewis and Clark is more than just an adventure. The journey was an exploration of America, a quest that was more than just about braving unknown adventures. Read more about the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Books About the Lost Generation
The "Lost Generation" of American writers included: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Sherwood Anderson, Kay Boyle, Hart Crane, Ford Maddox Ford and Zelda Fitzgerald. The term was first used by Gertrude Stein who told Hemingway, "you are all a lost generation."

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

Books About the Winter Solstice in Literature
Winter Solstice celebrates the birth of the new Solar year and the beginning of Winter. Read more about the folklore and literature related to the Winter Solstice.

Books About Tolkien Mythology
J.R.R. Tolkien's epic legendarium offers a view into Middle-Earth, with all of its hobbits, dragons, orcs, and elves. Tolkien's tales are unforgettable. Read more about the tales, and their influence on world literature.

Books About Trickster
Trickster is both a Creator and a Destroyer. He is a symbol of the radical and marginalized, as he proves that survival in the face of devastation is possible. Read books about Trickster as this character appears in mythology and literature from around the world.

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...

Books About Werewolf Literature
A werewolf is a person, who is transformed into a wolf. William of Palerne wrote, "The werwolf went about his prey." Longfellow wrote: "The brutes that wear our form and face, / The werewolves of the human race." Read more about werewolf literature: of the supernatural, myths, and more.

Books About What to Read
If you're wondering what great classics you should read, here are some books that will help. These books list hundreds of works from Homer through Edgar Allan Poe and Gustave Flaubert to Virginia Woolf and Franz Kafka.

Books About Word Origins
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...

Books About Writing Literature Essays
How do you write essays about literature? Where do you start? What do you include? How do you use literary theory in a literature paper? These books explore the complexity involved in writing about literature...

Books and Stories by Edith Wharton
Famous for works like "Age of Innocence," "Ethan Frome," and "The House of Mirth," along with shorter works like "Roman Fever" and "The Pelican." Read more of the famous works of Edith Wharton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer.

Books by Christina Rossetti: Poetry and Letters
(1830-1894) British writer. Christina Rossetti is now recognized as one of the greatest Victorian poets. She lived a reclusive life and wrote works like "Goblin Market," "A Birthday," and "Remember." Read more about the works of Christina Rossetti.

Books by Edith Wharton
Famous for works like "Age of Innocence," "Ethan Frome," and "The House of Mirth," along with shorter works like "Roman Fever" and "The Pelican." Read more of the famous works of Edith Wharton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer.

Books by Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber is famous for books like: "So Big," "Show Boat," "Cimarron," and "Giant." Ferber received the Pulitzer Prize in 1924.

Books by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was a well-known poet of the Victorian period. Her husband, Robert Browning, was also a famous poet of that time. Her collection of love sonnets was called "Sonnets from the Portuguese" (1850). Her first major work was "The Seraphim, and Other Poems" (1838). Read these collections of poetry by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Books by John Dos Passos
John Dos Passos (1896-1970) is perhaps best known for "Mannhattan Transfer" (1925). His other works include novels including "One Man's Initiation (1920) and "Three Soldiers" (1921); a collection of essays, "Rosinante to the Road Again" (1922); poems collected in "A Pushcart at the Curb" (1922); plays including "The Garbage Man" (1926), "Airways" (1928), and "Fortune Heights" (1934).

Books by James Matthew Barrie (J.M. Barrie)
J.M. Barrie was a Scottish journalist and writer. The work for which he is best-known for "Peter Pan." Read more works by J.M. Barrie.

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

Books by Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow was an award-winning novelist, with works that include "The Dangling Man," "The Adventures of Augie March," and other works. For his excellence in writing, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Read the works of Saul Bellow!

Books by Thomas Paine
(1736-1809) British/American writer. Thomas Paine was a pamphleteer and writer. He's famous for "Common Sense" (1776), "The Crisis" (1776-1777), "The Rights of Man" (1791-1792), and "Age of Reason" (1794-1796). He was an important figure in the American Revolutionary War.

Books by Zora Neale Hurston
(1891-1960) American writer. Zora Neale Hurston wrote stories, novels and folklore. Among her works are: "Jonah's Gourd Vine" (1934), "Mules and Men" (1935), "Tell My Horse" (1937), and "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (1937).

Books by Washington Irving
Washington Irving was America's first international author, famous for works like "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "Rip Van Winkle," and "The Adventures of Captain Bonneville," and other works. Read the works of Washington Irving.

Books Made Into Movies
Great classics like Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and Homer's "Iliad" have been made into movies. Of course, it's nothing new. Over the years, many fantastic movies have been based on literary classics.

Books of Humor
Literature is full of funny and laughable bits and pieces. Humor is synonymous with wit and satire. Mark Twain is famous for his wit and humor in his books and stories. Read more of the humor in literature.

Books of Literary Insults
An insult can be rude, offensive, and irritating, but when the great literary master writes an insult, it's FUNNY. Here are a few collections of literary insults. Read and enjoy!

Books of Plays & Novels by Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder was an American writer, who wrote novels and plays. He's well-known for "Our Town" (1938), "The Skin of Our Teeth" (1943), "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943), and "Bridge of San Luis Rey." He received the Pulitzer Prize, the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the...

Books of Poetry & Translations by Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was an American poet and critic, famous for the "Cantos." He also wrote "ABC of Reading" (1934), and "The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry" (1936).

Books on Reading
Do you want to read more, but you don't know where to start? Do you love reading, but can't quite understand why? These books talk about reading the great classics ... but they also talk about the experience of reading.

Brave New World Books
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World was published in 1932. This Utopian/dystopian future offers soma and other carnal pleasures, while manipulating the people into mind-numbing dependence. Read more about books related to Brave New World.

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.

C.S. Lewis Books
C.S. Lewis was a novelist and critic; he also held the chair of Medieval and Renaissance studies at Cambridge University. He's well-known for his Narnia chronicles.

Canterbury Tales Books
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340-1400) is sometimes considered the first collection of short stories in English. The entire collection was probably written between the years 1387 and 1400. Read the full text, along with critical material related to The Canterbury Tales.

Captivity Narratives
Captivity narratives were popular in Colonial American Literature. Read about the exploits of Mary Rowlandson and other captives.

Catcher in the Rye Books
First published in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye details 48 hours in the life of Holden Caulfield. The novel is the only novel-length work by J.D. Salinger, and its history has been colorful. The Catcher in the Rye is famous as the most censored, banned and challenged book between 1966 and 1975.

Charles Dickens Books
Charles Dickens was a popular novelist in the Victorian period. With novels like Hard Times, Dickens attacked social injustices in the Industrial Revolution.

Charlotte Brontë Books
Charlotte Brontë was born in 1816, and died in 1855. In the intervening years, she wrote a collection of poems and three novels: The Professor, Jane Eyre (1847), and Villette (1852). A fourth novel was left unfinished upon her death. Read more about Charlotte Brontë's life and works.

Christina Rossetti Books
Christina Rossetti was part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the Victorian period. Rossetti's family was very involved in literature and the arts. Read more about the life of Christina Rossetti.

Christmas Carol Books
Charles Dickens is famous for his book about Old Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghost Marley. Here are the top books about A Christmas Carol.

Christmas Miniature Books
Christmas is the time to enjoy some of the most famous Christmas stories. Read "A Christmas Carol" and "The Gift of the Magi," along with other collections of Christmas classics. Enjoy reading these little books, or buy them for friends or family. These miniature books are perfect stocking stuffers. Read on.

Classic Miniature Gift Books
If you're searching for a small gift that goes a long way, why no look at these miniatures. You'll find the perfect gift in these small volumes--whether you're looking for inspiration, a book about friendship, blessings, myths, wisdom, traveling, your favorite pet, or Mark Twain. Read on!

Crime and Punishment Books
Crime and Punishment (1866) is one of Fyodor Dostoevsky's greatest works. It's a tale of murder and desperation, when a man murders a pawnbroker. Read more about Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It's unforgettable!

Crucible Books
Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible is one of his most famous works. The Crucible has been popular ever since, selling more than 11 million copies. This tale of the Salem witch trial is unforgettable! Find more books about the play, with criticism, background material, biographical details, and more.

D.H. Lawrence Books
Born David Herbert Lawrence, he became famous as a novelist, critic, poet, and painter. He was one of the greatest 20th-century British writers, even though Lady Chatterly's Lover was especially controversial and banned as pornographic. Read more about the life and works of D.H. Lawrence.

Daniel Defoe Books
Daniel Defoe is famous was a English novelist, journalist and pamphleteer, famous for Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Memoirs of a Cavalier, and many other works. He was one of the founders of the English novel. Read more about the life and works of Daniel Defoe.

Dante Alighieri Books
Dante Alighieri is perhaps most famous for The Divine Comedy. Read more about the life and works of Dante Alighieri.

Demian Books
Hermann Hess wrote Demian in 1919 after a serious of traumatic events: his son was seriously ill, his father died, his wife had a nervous breakdown, etc. Demian was published under a pseudonym, Emily Sinclair, and it was immediately successful.

Dictionaries
Keep a dictionary handy whenever you're reading, particularly when you don't understand the words. Dictionaries are important reference books that can help you decipher the meaning and etymology of words. You'll also find biographical listings and quotation resources. Read more about words and language in these dictionaries.

Dictionaries and Glossaries of Literary Terms
In our studies of literature, literary terms allow us to explain everything that is or makes up a part of literature, including technical aspects of form, style, and context. What is literature? What is a novel? Learn how to speak and write about poetry, novels, plays, and other works--using literary terminology.

Don Quixote Books
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, was the first European novel, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615. It was not the first work of Cervantes, nor was it his last... But, it was his best. The book was named the best work of fiction ever written by leading authors.

Edgar Allan Poe Books
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous writers in American literary history. He was able to extend his writing into realms of literature never-before imagined. Read more about his life and works.

Books About Animal Literature
Animals have appeared in many of our most favorite classic tales. Jack London, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling and others have created unforgettable stories.

Edith Wharton Books
Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, with works that include: The House of Mirth (1905), The Custom of the Country (1913), and The Age of Innocence (1920). Read more about the life of Edith Wharton.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Books
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was a famous Victorian poet, known for poems like "How do I Love Thee," and for her love affair with Robert Browning, whom she also married. Find more details related to the life and works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Emily Dickinson Books
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American writer, who lived during the time of the Civil War and Walt Whitman. She was a poet and a recluse, so she was not well-known during her lifetime. In her upstairs room, she created some of the most memorable poetry of her age. These books discuss her life, her loves, and her relationship with words.

Emma Books
Jane Austen published Emma in 1816, the last of her works to appear in print during her lifetime. Emma is Austen's longest novel, featuring the match-maker Emma Woodhouse, though her meddling goes all wrong. Of course, the tales of loves mismatched all end happily. Read more about Jane Austen's Emma.

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald Books
F. Scott Fitzgerald defined the "jazz age" with his colorful prose. His works include: This Side of Paradise (1920), The Beautiful and the Damned (1922), The Great Gatsby (1925), Tender is the Night (1934), and The Last Tycoon (1941). Read more about Fitzgerald's life...

Fairy Tale Collections
A Fairy Tale is a story with supernatural elements. The story may include magical creatures like elves, fairies, goblins, or other fantastical beings. Read more about fairy tales.

Fairy Tales
Fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Sleeping Beauty are the core stories upon which other literary classics are based. Besides that... they're lots of fun to read!

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

Founding Fathers' Books
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.

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.

Frankenstein Books
Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816. The book was published in 1818. The story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster has been made into plays, films and comics. It has captivated our imagination, and affected our tales of monsters.

Fyodor Dostoevsky Books
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer. His works include: The House of the Dead (1860), "Crime and Punishment" (1866), The Idiot (1868), and The Possessed (1871). Read more about the life and works of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Ghost Stories - Collections
A ghost story is a story with frightening or supernatural elements. A ghostly tale may feature hauntings of ghosts or spirits. Some of the most famous classic ghost stories are: Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," and Oscar Wilde's "Canterville Ghost." Discover the scare in these collections of ghost stories.

Geoffrey Chaucer Books
Geoffrey Chaucer (c1345-1400) has been called "the father of English poetry. With his knowledge of Latin, French and Italian literature, he transformed the world of literature. Chaucer's greatest work was his Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories told by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.

Gone With the Wind Books
Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind was published in 1936, and it has become one of the most popular depictions of the Civil War and the Reconstruction.

Great Gatsby Books
F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925. The novel features Jay Gatsby and the narrator, Nick Carraway. Set in the 1920's, The Great Gatsby explores the reality of the American dream in the Jazz Age. Read more about F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Great Writers Speak
If you've ever wanted to hear the voices of some of the greatest writers in literary history reading their works, these collections provide you with the opportunity you've been waiting for... Listen to Tolkien read from "The Lord of the Rings," or Joyce read from "Ulysses." Read on.

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

Gustave Flaubert Books
Gustave Flaubert's most famous book, Madame Bovary, was banned when it first appeared. These books explore the life and works of Gustave Flaubert,as well as his relationships with other famous French writers.

Halloween Books
The time on and around Halloween is the perfect time to read those scary classics. And, if you've never had the opportunity to read the greatest Halloween scares and terrors in classic literature, these books are a great introduction! Read more about the history of Halloween, read the scary classic, and enjoy those monsters all year round. Read on.

Hans Christian Andersen Books
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a weaver/tailor and factory worker, until he went to the city to become a singer. He finally attended grammar school and Copenhagen University; and he began to write musical drama, prose arabesques, plays, novels, and travel sketches. Read more books about Hans Christian Andersen.

Hans Christian Andersen Collections & Works
The stories and fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen are unforgettable for readers of all ages. Do you remember the first time you read "The Little Mermaid," "The Snow Queen," or "The Little Matchgirl"? Study these favorite classics!

Harlem Renaissance Novels
The Harlem Renaissance was a period in American literature, which spanned from the end of World War I into the 1930. Writers like Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois, Countee Cullen, Angelina Grimke, Jean Toomer, and Langston Hughes wrote about the alienation and marginalization in American society.

Hawaiian Mythology & Folklore Books
Hawaii is a paradise. Tourists love to visit the beaches, and hike through the lush vegetation. But, the mythology and folklore of Hawaii is not as well known. Discover the legends of the place. Read more about Hawaiian mythology and folklore.

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.

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.

Homer Books
Homer's background is something of a mystery. Scholars debate his very existence, as they study the inconsistencies in the writing of the Iliad and Odyssey. Read more about the life and works of Homer.

Hobbit Books
With The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien introduced the world to his Middle-earth, with all the elves, wizards, orcs, trolls, spiders, wolves, Smaug, and the hobbits--small creatures with hairy feet. Meet Bilbo Baggins, and read more about Tolkien's famous work, The Hobbit.

Hound of the Baskervilles Books
The Hound of the Baskervilles, 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.

Huckleberry Finn Books
Originally published in 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the journey of a young boy down the Mississippi River. Huck encounters thieves, murders, and various adventures. The book has also encountered censorship...

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

Introductions to English Grammar
By learning more about grammar, we begin to understand how words combine to form sentences. The rules and mechanics of grammar are also essential to ensuring that we are pervaying the intended meaning, as we explore the sense and contexts of literature. In these books, you'll find introductions that should start you on your way to understanding the rules and mechanics of grammar.

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

Irish Short Story Collections
Ireland has a reputation for the storytellers and fantastic tales that come from there. These collections offer a history and context for Irish stories, including tall tales, ghost stories, and other short stories. Discover short stories from Ireland, from early folk tales to the stories of Oliver Goldsmith, Maria Edgeworth, James Joyce, and Liam O'Flaherty. Read on.

Books About Dragon Mythology
Dragons have appeared in some of our most ancient pieces of literature. Some of the most memorable encounters are the Beowulf's dragon and Tolkien's Smaug, but there are many more in world mythology and literature.

J.D. Salinger Books
J.D. Salinger (Jerome David Salinger) published one novel, The Catcher in the Rye (1951). Read more about the life and works of J.D. Salinger.

J.R.R. Tolkien Books
J.R.R. Tolkien has been called "the author of the century" by at least one author. Read about his life and the importance of his works.

Jack London Books
Jack London (John Griffith) lived a life that was full of adventure, some of which he dramatized in his most famous works, including Call of the Wild, White Fang, and other works. Read more about the life and works of Jack London.

Jack London Collections
Jack London (1876-1916) once wrote: "I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them." He said, "I will use my time." London had a hard life starting out, and he saw quite a lot of adventure, which came out in many of his works: "Call of the Wild," "The Sea-Wolf," "White Fang," and more.

James Joyce Books
James Joyce is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, with works like Ulysses, Dubliners, and Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.

Jane Austen Books
Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the most celebrated British writers. She's known for books like Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Emma.

John Donne Books
John Donne was a British writer known for poems like "Death Be Not Proud" ("Holy Sonnet 10"), "Break of Day," and other works. He was the founder of the Metaphysical Poets. Read more about Donne's life and works.

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

John Steinbeck Books
John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, and it was his work related to California for which he is best known. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940, and he later received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Read more about John Steinbeck's life and works.

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

Joseph Heller Books
Joseph Heller based Catch-22 partly on his own war experiences. Read more about Joseph Heller.

Kate Chopin Books
After the publication of Kate Chopin's scandalous novel, The Awakening, the literary world ignored her stories for the next 70 years. Read about her life and works.

Kate Chopin Books
Kate Chopin (1851-1904) wrote stories and novels about Louisiana, capturing the culture and intricacies. After the publication of Kate Chopin's scandalous novel, The Awakening, the literary world ignored her stories for the next 70 years. Read about the life and works of Kate Chopin.

King Arthur Books
King Arthur is one of the most famous figures in literary history. Writers from Geoffrey of Monmouth and Chrétien de Troyes to Mark Twain have written about King Arthur and the other characters of Camelot. Read more about King Arthur in Literature.

Leaves of Grass Books
Walt Whitman first published Leaves of Grass in 1855, with 12 poems. In subsequent editions, Whitman dramatically expanded his collection of works. Controversy has surrounded Walt Whitman's celebration of America.

Literary Calendars
Keep track of time the literary way... Each day is a new beginning, with lots of sayings and works of literature to speed you on your way.

Literary Quotation Books
Learn which writers have written about death, love, sex, violence, and life in general. Find out how the quotations from these famous authors and great works of literature relate to the body of literature as a whole.

Literary Theory & Criticism Books
In your studies of literature, it's helpful to have some background in literary theory. These books should provide a starting point...

Lord Byron Books
George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron was one of the English "Romantics." His works include: "Don Juan," "Manfred," "Marino Faliero," "Sardanapalus," "The Two Foscari," and "Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage." Read about Byron's life.

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

Mansfield Park Books
Jane Austen wrote Mansfield Park between 1811 and 1813, and the novel was published in 1814. Read the Cinderella rags-to-riches tale of Fanny Price, who escapes from poverty and deprivation to the riches of her uncle's estate, which is paid for by the slave trade. Read more about Fanny Price, and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

Margery Kempe Books
Margery Kempe was a mystic, famous for The Book of Margery Kempe (1430), which is considered the earliest autobiography. Kempe had "the gift of tears," and she had 14 children. Read more about the life and writings of Margery Kempe.

Mark Twain Biographies
Mark Twain is one of the most famous names in American literature. Read more about the life and works of Mark Twain, including "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," "Innocents Abroad," and other works.

Mark Twain Books
Read about some of the great books that have been written about Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).

Mark Twain Collections
The works of Mark Twain (1835-1910) have been collected in many different combinations (with short stories, speeches, novels, and more). These collections allow you to enjoy some of his greatest works in one volume. Take a look...

Monsters
Monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and Grendal are important characters in Classic Literature. Discover the greatest of the literary monsters, and find out why these characters are so memorable. Read more about monsters in literature.

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.

Mrs. Dalloway Books
Virginia Woolf was revolutionizing the art of literature and creating a new literary form when she published Mrs. Dalloway in 1925. In this novel, Woolf explores many of life's dualities: life/death, sanity/insanity, and more. Read more about Clarissa Dalloway and Virginia Woolf's famous novel, Mrs. Dalloway.

Must Reads in Literature
This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it should give you an idea of a few great classics, which really are worth reading at least once. Read more about these must reads in literature, and then enjoy more works by these classic writers.

Must-Read Books If You Like 'Lord of the Flies'
Controversial and banned, Lord of the Flies is also recognized as one of the most important novels of the 20th century.

Mystery Classics
A mystery is a work of fiction about a puzzling event or crime. Famous mystery writers include: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Read more about classic mysteries and their writers.

My Last Duchess Books
"My Last Duchess," (1842) by Robert Browning, is a great example of dramatic dialogue, a poetic form used to narrate and dramatize Victorian concerns. In iambic pentameter couplets, the speaker of the poem, the Duke of Ferrara say: "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall, / Looking as if she were alive..."

New Year's Books
Every year, people from around the world participate in festivities related to ringing in the new year. Discover how different traditions and culture celebrate New Year's Day. Also, find out the origins of the holiday. Read on.

New York Literature Books
New York has been a place that has captured the imagination of some of our greatest writers. Walt Whitman, Henry James, and Edith Wharton were all born in New York... And many other classic writers made New York their home. Read these collections of classic New York Literature: poetry, fiction, and more.

Northanger Abbey Books
Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey was her earliest novel, even though it wasn't published until after her death, in 1817, along with Persuasion. The novel was originally entitled Susan, but Austen renamed the heroine and later named the novel Northanger Abbey. Read more about Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

O. Henry Collections
O. Henry (pseudonym for William Sydney Porter) is famous for his unforgettable short stories: "The Gift of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief," and other poignant tales. Read more about these collections.

Old Man and the Sea Books
Ernest Hemingway's classic novella, The Old Man and the Sea is one of his most famous works. It was a bestseller when it was first published, and William Faulkner said of the work, "Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries." Read more about "The Old Man and the Sea with these top books.

Oliver Goldsmith Books
Oliver Goldsmith is famous for She Stoops to Conquer, The Deserted Village, and The Vicar of Wakefield, but what do you know about his life: growing up in Ireland, his travels through Europe, and his writing career? Read more about his life and works in these books...

On Reading Books
Do you want to read more, but you don't know where to start? Do you love reading, but can't quite understand why? These books talk about reading the great classics ... but they also talk about the the experience of reading.

Origin of Species Books
Charles Darwin published Origin of Species in 1859, launching a debate into the science of modern biology, and influencing literary works of all sorts. Read more about Darwin's great work.

Oscar Wilde Books
Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer who created works like The Importance of Being Earnest, The Ideal Husband, "De Profundis," and other works. His life was filled with controversy. Read more about the controversies in Wilde's life.

Oxford English Dictionary Books
The Oxford English Dictionary is one of the most famous dictionaries in history. Published by Oxford University Press, the dictionary is an important resource for researchers and students; but there's also a great deal of history, and interesting trivia, associated with the collection of words. Read more about the history of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Paradise Lost Books
John Milton's Paradise Lost first appeared in 1667, arranged in 10 books. In 1674, the 2nd edition was in 12 books. This epic poem retells/rethinks the Genesis tale of Adam and Eve. In the end, "the world was all before them, where to choose / their place of rest, and Providence their guide: / They hand in hand with wand'ring steps and slow, / Through Eden took their solitary way."

Persuasion Books
Jane Austen wrote Persuasion in less than one year, just before her death. The novel was not published until after her death, in 1818. In Persuasion, Anne Elliot's love for Captain Frederick Wentworth is thwarted, though the novel ends happily. Read more about Jane Austen's novel: Persuasion.

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

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.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson Writings
Ralph Waldo Emerson is known for essays, lectures, addresses, poetry, and other literature. Read these collections, which feature some of his most famous reflections.

Red Badge of Courage Books
When The Red Badge of Courage was published in 1895, Stephen Crane was a struggling American writer. He was 23. This book made him famous. Find historical and contextual background material in these books.

Restoration Comedy Plays
William Wycherley, George Etherege, William Congreve, George Farquhar, and Aphra Behn created bawdy works of Restoration comedy with "The Country Wife," "The Man of Mode," "The Way of the World," and "The Rover." Discover the May/December relationship, the rake, and all the other characters in these works. Experience the great plays of...

Rhyme Books
Nursery rhymes and Rhyme books aren't just for children anymore. You can read and enjoy rhymes at any age. Here are a few books.

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

Robinson Crusoe Books
Daniel Defoe published his first novel, Robinson Crusoe in 1719, when he was nearly 60 years old. The novel is about a rebellious son, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island. He is the sole survivor. Through his total isolation, he becomes a kind of "Everyman." Read more about Robinson Crusoe.

Roger Williams Books
Roger Williams was born in London, and he was ordained as a minister after completing his studies at Cambridge. His "Key into the Languages of America" (1643) is his best-known work. Read more about the life and works of Roger Williams.

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

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.

Romantic Period Poetry - British Literature
In the Romantic period in British literature, poets like Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats reflected the revolution and creative spirit of the age. Read poetry from the Romantic period.

Rupert Brooke Books
Rupert Brooke was a poet during World War I, and his poetry he has come to be recognized as a representative poet of the period. Read more about Rupert Brooke.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Books
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was a British poet, critic and philosopher. With William Wordsworth, Coleridge wrote "Lyrical Ballads," which is often considered the starting point of the English Romantic movement. Coleridge is famous as the writer of "Christabel," "Kubla Khan," and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

Sappho Books
Sappho's works comes down to us in fragments, even though she was one of the greatest and most famous poets in world literature. Read more about the life and works of Sappho.

Santa Claus Books
The stories of Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas are favorites for children, but the history and background of the Santa Claus legend are of interest to adults as well. Read more about "Twas the Night Before Christmas," "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," "A Merry Christmas," along with other Christmas collections and histories. Read on.

Scarlet Letter Books
Considered by many to be a masterpiece of the period, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is the classic tale about Hester Prynn and her public disgrace. Henry James called it "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country."

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

She Stoops to Conquer Books
Oliver Goldsmith first published She Stoops to Conquer in 1773, but it has been read and performed on stage ever since. Here, you'll find the play, along with critical resources, which should help you in your study of the play. Read on...

Siegfreid Sassoon Books
Siegfreid Sassoon was a British officer in World War I. While he was recognized for his courage, he expressed his anti-war views through his poetry. He was later recognized for his prose work. Read more about the life and works of Siegfreid Sassoon.

Sinclair Lewis Writings
Learn more about Sinclair Lewis and his status as a great American writer, with these collections of his works. "Main Street" was the work for which Lewis received the Pulitzer Prize (which he refused). In 1930, Lewis was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Books
"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is the famous Arthurian tale about Sir Gawain and his encounter with the Green Knight. The work was written around the 14th century by an anonymous writer. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most renowned translators of the work.

Sound and the Fury Books
First published in 1929, William Faulkner's novel, The Sound and the Fury, was one of his first books. Read about one of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, which is considered by some to be his greatest work.

Spelling Guides
Spelling words in the accepted order is a basic element of writing. In English and literature classes, students are often quizzed in spelling and vocubulary. A firm understanding of the meaning and context of words is essential to a greater understanding of what you read. These books guide you through spelling. Read on.

Study Bibles
As you study the Bible in your literature class, you'll find these study resources invaluable. The books include historical and literary background, annotations, cultural influences, the complete text in a variety of versions, scholarship, maps, and other materials. Read more about these study resources.

Books About Native American Literature
These books collect the poems, short stories, essays, and memoirs from more than 200 years of Native American writing. Also find bibliographies and other critical resources.

The Jungle Books
The Jungle (1906) was one of Upton Sinclair's most famous novels. The novel was revolutionary, leading to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and meat inspections. He would later say: "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."

Theodore Roosevelt Writings
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) led a life of adventure. Besides climbing mountains, and hunting bears and cougars, he became the youngest President at that time and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt's writings offer insight into his life, times and varied areas of expertise. Read on.

Thanksgiving Books
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).

Thomas Hardy Books
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is a British novelist and poet known for works like The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and other works. Often dark, his work influenced the Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, and others. Read more about his life and works.

Time Machine Books
H.G. Wells (1866-1946) published his first novel, The Time Machine, in 1895 as a critique of Victorian England. It's the story of a time traveler, who visits the future to see the evolved civilization of the Eloi and the Morlocks. Read more about Wells' first work.

Time-Travel Books
What happens when a character wakes up in a different time or an alternate reality? Or, what would you do if a spirit or ghost took you on a journey through time--to visit your past experience, present realities, and/or future possibilities? Read more about those adventures with time travel. Follow Alice down the rabbit's hole, journey into the closet, or take a trip to Camelot. Read on.

To Kill a Mockingbird Books
To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's classic novel about Sport Finch. Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer, who defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping Mayella Ewell. The legendary Boo Radley also becomes an integral part of Scout's adventures.

Treasure Island Books
Treasure Island is Robert Louis Stevenson's story about Jim Hawkins and his adventures with murderous pirates. Read about Long John Silver, and the rest of the pirate gang in this tale.

Troubled Mothers in Literature
What could troubles mothers in literature? An event or crisis that might have seemed small evolves until it is no longer possible for her to ignore or forget it. Does the trouble come from love, violence, sex, money troubles, loneliness, inner turmoil, or despair? Read more about these few troubled mothers in literature.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Books
"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is usually believed to have been written by Clement Clarke Moore, though some scholars now believe that the poem was actually written by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. Whatever the authorship controversy, this work has become a Christmas favorite. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Ulysses Books
James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) has been called the greatest literary masterpiece of the 20th century. Although the size and scope of Joyce's epic scares away many readers, I encourage you to dig into this novel. You'll soon begin to enjoy the complexity and beauty of Joyce's style; and you'll discover why the book has been so controversial (and...

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

Virginia Woolf - Books About Virginia Woolf
(1882-1941) British writer. Virginia Woolf was a prolific novelist and essayist, publishing more than 500 essays. Woolf was part of the Bloomsbury group. In A Room of One's Own (1929), she wrote, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Woolf committed suicide in 1941.

Walden Books
Henry Waldo Thoreau wrote Walden between 1845 and 1854. As Thoreau writes, "When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months."

Walt Whitman Books
Walt Whitman lived through the Civil War; his poetry dramatically depicts the tragic loss. Of course, Whitman is perhaps most famous for Leaves of Grass, his popular and controversial poetry anthology. Read more about the life and works of Walt Whitman.

Washington Irving Books
Washington Irving was America's first internationally acclaimed writer, famous for works like "Rip van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." He traveled around the world in his search for stories. Read more about the life and works of Washington Irving.

Willam Blake Books
William Blake was a British poet, painter, engraver, and visionary mystic. For Blake, the imagination reigned supreme, but he was not recognized as a major figure during his lifetime. Read more about the life and works of William Blake.

William Blake Collections
William Blake was a poet, painter, engraver, and mystic--a combination that makes his works compelling and unforgettable. Read the works of William Blake, and don't forget to study the spectacular illustrations. Read more about the works of William Blake.

William Bradford Books
William Bradford was an important leader and writer, as part of the Plymouth colony of English Puritan Separatists. He wrote about his experiences in works, which are now among the earliest and most well-known works from American literature. Read more books about William Bradford.

William Butler Yeats Books
He was one of Ireland's greatest poets. Yeats once said, "Out of the quarrel with others, we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves poetry." When he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, he was recognized "for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation."

William Congreve Books
William Congreve was born in England, and was educated in Dublin, Ireland. Read more about the life and works of William Congreve.

Wonderful Wizard of Oz Books
L. Frank Baum created a wonderful American fairy tale with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Dorthy 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.

World War II Poetry Collections
Soldiers, local civilians, and victims write about their struggles and fears, as all hope for the future seems lost. War-time experiences shake the poets to the very core of their beings, and the brutal realities of war and battles--both at home and far afield--change the writers forever. Read more about World War II poetry.

Zora Neale Hurston Books
Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, playwright, and anthropologist. Hurston is an important figure in Harlem Renaissance literature, and is famous for Their Eyes Are Watching God.

Zora Neale Hurston Books
Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, playwright, and anthropologist. Hurston is an important figure in Harlem Renaissance literature, and is famous for Their Eyes Are Watching God.

Large-Print Collections - Classics
With all those tiny words filling up the pages of your favorite classics, what are you to do? You can use a magnifier or reading glasses. Or, you can read large-print editions. Don't let the size of the font deter you from reading your favorite classics! Read on.

'Mansfield Park' Books
Jane Austen wrote Mansfield Park between 1811 and 1813, and the novel was published in 1814. Read the Cinderella rags-to-riches tale of Fanny Price, who escapes from poverty and deprivation to the riches of her uncle's estate, which is paid for by the slave trade. Read more about Fanny Price, and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

Emily Dickinson Books
Emily Dickinson was a poet and a recluse, not well-known during her lifetime. In her upstairs room, she created some of the most memorable poetry of her age. These books discuss her life, her loves, and her relationship with words.

'Leaves of Grass' Books
Walt Whitman first published Leaves of Grass in 1855, with 12 poems. In subsequent editions, Whitman expanded his works. Controversy has also surrounded Walt Whitman's celebration of America.

Books About Teaching Literature
Literature is an essential part of a balanced education, but how do you teach a student how to read a classic? How do you urge him or her to see the beauty in Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Dickens? These books offer ideas and specific instructions. Learn what other teachers have found that works in teaching literature in the classroom.

Books About Slave Narratives
Slave narratives are an important part of American literature. Writers like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs helped to dispell many of the misconceptions of slavery, as they revealed personal experiences. These books tell their stories...

Books About Vampire Literature
Vampires have appeared in mythology and legends from around the world. The focus of fear, foreboding and fascination, vampires continue to haunt our fiction.

Dracula Books
Dracula is one of the most infamous literary monsters of all time. Bram Stoker's novel brought Dracula to life in 1897. The original Dracula, Vlad the Impaler lived in the 15th century. Read more about Bram Stoker's famous Dracula.

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

Dragon Mythology Books
Dragons have appeared in some of our most ancient pieces of literature. Some of the most memorable encounters are the Beowulf's dragon and Tolkien's Smaug, but there are many more in world mythology and literature.

Irish Mythology
Irish Mythology consists of magical creatures and heroes, of giants and monsters. They are full of mystery, and ready to spark the imagination.

Lord of the Rings Books
With The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, the world was introduced to the genre of fantasy, drawn in by the magic and adventure of Middle Earth. Many who have read the The Lord of the Rings can't help but read the pages over and over again...

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

Must Reads If You Like 'The Great Gatsby'
With The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald captures the spirit of the Jazz Age.

Native American Literature
These books collect the poems, short stories, essays, and memoirs from more than 200 years of Native American writing. Also find bibliographies and other critical resources.

Island Reading Books
Have you ever wanted to travel to a desert island? Have you dreamed of exploring the white beaches, the unexplored caverns, or the dense jungles? Discover "Robinson Crusoe," "Treasure Island," and other novels set on islands far and wide. Enjoy the island breezes. Soak up the sun, and read more about the islands in literature.

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

Tennessee Williams Books
Tennessee Williams was an award-winning playwright. Williams also produced film scripts, short stories, novels, and verse, though he is most well-known for the innovations that he brought to theatrical techniques. He won Pulitzers for A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Read more about the life and works of Tennessee Williams.

Vampire Literature
Vampires have appeared in mythology and legends from around the world. The focus of fear, foreboding and fascination, vampires continue to haunt our fiction.

Top American Novels: 1900-1909
Browse through books from the first decade of the 20th century. Works include: "Sister Carrie," "The Jungle," "House of Mirth," and many more. Here are ten...

Top 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.

Top Books on Reading
Do you want to read more, but you don't know where to start? Do you love reading, but can't quite understand why? These books talk about reading the great classics ... but they also talk about the experience of reading.

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