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Classic Literature: Most Popular Articles

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What Is Literature?
What is literature? Why do we read it? Why is literature important?
Read the Classic Cautionary Tale of Greed,...
The Devil and Tom Walker is one of the most famous (and controversial) short stories by Washington Irving. He's also known for Rip van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Here's the complete text of this spell-binding tale.
30 Important Quotes from 'Night' by Elie Wiesel
Lines from this acclaimed fictional work of Holocaust literature, which is in part autobiographical. The author is a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Read William J. Long’s Classic Explanatio...
So, why is Literature important? How does it show itself as indispensable to a culture? Here's what William Long has to say... Page 3.
Make Your Next Book Club More Engaging
In your book club, you may be reading books on a wide variety of topics. Here are a few questions for study and discussion. These questions are designed to make you think about the book(s). Take a look...
Review Washington Irving’s Classic Short...
Washington Irving published. Classic Literature.
The Catcher in the Rye Quiz
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The Story of an Hour Quiz
Test your knowledge of "A Story of An Hour."
The Most Popular Atticus Finch Quotes from 'To...
Atticus is one of my favorite father figures in literary history. He's a strong character, but he's also willing to stand up for what he believes. He represents an important role model for Scout. Here are a few of the quotes from Atticus Finch, in To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee).
Why was 'The Great Gatsby' Controversial or...
The Great Gatsby is one of the great American novels, from the Jazz Age. It's the work for which F. Scott Fitzgerald is often best remembered? So, what's the controversy about? Has it been banned or challenged?
A Book Journal Is a Great Way to Improve Your...
A reading log or book journal is a great place to react to what you read. You can find out exactly how you feel about the characters; you may gain insight about the theme and plot; and you can expand your overall enjoyment of the literature. Here are a few idea starters. Feel free to build your own list of questions as you start your life-long habit of keeping a reading log or book journal. Read on.
What Makes Classic Literature Classic?
The definition is debated, but a classic usually expresses some artistic quality - an expression of life, truth, and beauty - and has stood the test of time.
Read the Full Text of Supernatural Classic...
The first page of the full text of a supernatural tale (sometimes compared to Edgar Alan Poe) of a family who discovers the realities of wish fulfillment.
How to Succeed in Your Literature Class
Whether you're taking an English class in high school or registered for a literature class in college, learn steps you can take to succeed in your literature class. Listening, reading, and being prepared for your class can make a dramatic difference in how you understand the books, poetry, and stories for your class. Read more about how to succeed in your literature class.
Review of Steinbeck's Frequently-Banned...
This touching tale of the friendship between two very different men is set against the backdrop of the United States during the depression of the 1930s.
'The Yellow Wallpaper' Questions for Study and...
The Yellow Wallpaper is the most famous work by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
What’s the Difference Between Myth,...
Fairy tales, myths, legends, and folklore are terms that may seem to mean the same thing, but they have profoundly different meanings. Read more about it...
Review of the Classic Jazz Age Novel ‘The...
Plot summary and themes of probably the author's greatest novel--a book that offers damning and insightful views of the American nouveau riche in the 1920s.
'The Devil and Tom Walker' Characters
Who are the characters in The Devil and Tom Walker, by Washington Irving? Why are these characters so famous? How do they relate to other characters in literature? Read on.
Read the Complete Text of Poe’s Horror...
The Black Cat is a famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Find the complete text here.
How To Identify the Theme
A theme is a central or underlying idea in literature. The writer may express insight about humanity or a world view. Before you attempt to identify the theme of a work, you must have first read the work, and you should understand at least the basics about the plot, characterizations, and other literary elements. Here's how to identify the theme of a work of literature.
'The Black Cat' - Themes and Symbols
What are some themes and symbols in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Black Cat? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
How To Read a Difficult Book
Even if you have lots of experience in reading books, you will likely come across books that are just difficult to get through. You may find the reading slow because of the subject matter, the language, word usage, or the convoluted plot and character elements. When you are just attempting to get through the book, it may not really matter to you why the book is difficult. You just want to finish the work, so you can move on to your next reading pick. Here are some tips...
Banned Books
Books are banned every day. Do you know some of the most famous examples of books that have been censored? Do you know why they've been challenged or banned. This list highlights some of the most famous books that have been been banned, censored, or challenged. Take a look!
Classic Works of Literature that Are Great for...
I recommend the following titles to maintain fluency and reading level and to encourage independent reading. These are a sampling of the titles that often appear on high-school reading lists for 9th grade.
Literature - What is the difference between...
Fiction and literature are similar but mean different things. Learn about the differences and how they're similar too.
Read "The Little Match Girl," a Short Story by...
The Little Match Girl is a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Take a look at this famous tale.
Can You Remember These Classic Quotes from...
This 1925 novel is one of the great American classics. It has come to be seen as a representation of the Jazz Age. Here are some lines from it.
'The Jungle Book' Review
The Jungle Book is one of the works for which Rudyard Kipling is best remembered. The stories in this volume are written to be enjoyed by adults as well as children--with that depth of meaning and symbolism that delves far beyond the surface.
Quotes from the Classic Banned Book â&#12...
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, was first published in 1954. This tale of schoolboys stranded on a desert island is the best-known work by Golding. The novel is now sometimes compared to The Cacher in the Rye as one of the popular books for high school and college students. Here are a few quotes from the novel.
Quotes from Famous Writers About Writing and...
What have writers said about literature? How has literature affected them? What causes writers to continue to attempt to make a difference with words, creating new worlds and experiences in literature? Read these quotes about literature. Find out what writers from around the world have thought of creating works of art.
Take a Break and Read 'The Necklace'
The first page of the full text, translated into English, of this short work in world literature, infused with heartache, with the wounds of self-sacrifice.
What is Gothic Literature?
So you want to know more about gothic literature? Take a look at this overview, with helpful examples of gothic works plus explanation of stylistic elements.
What Is a Banned Book?
A banned book is one that has been removed from the shelves of a library or classroom because of its controversial content. A book may be challenged or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. Read more about banned books...
Antigone Quiz
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'The Black Cat' Questions for Study and...
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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."
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...
'1984' - Review of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is a classic dystopian novel, as well as being a eerily prescient of the state of modern society.
Why Does Lord of the Flies Continue to Get...
Why is Lord of the Flies so controversial? Was it banned? Challenged? Why would the book be removed from circulation?
A Complete List of John Steinbeck’s Works
John Steinbeck was a world-renowned novelist, playwright, essayist and short-story writer, famous for his works involving the region of his birth. His work has stirred controversy, and offered a unique view into America.
Roman Fever- by Edith Wharton (1862-1937)
Read "Roman Fever," by Edith Wharton (1862-1937). Edith Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones. She's usually recognized by the array of novels she brought to life — filled with manners, modesty, and tragedy.
True Love Never Ends: Women Scholars Respond to...
Abelard and Heloise are one of the most celebrated couples of all time, known for their love affair... and for the tragedy that separated them.
'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.
Great American Literature Books for 10th or...
I recommend the following titles to maintain fluency and reading level and to encourage independent reading. These are a sampling of the titles that often appear on high-school reading lists for 10th grade (or 11th) American literature study.
17 Quotes from "Romeo and Juliet"
The star-crossed lovers in this famous play are caught between two worlds, as their families feud to the death. Here are some choice lines.
How To Become a Critical Reader
Whether you are reading for pleasure or academia, it's important to understand basic structural and content elements about the text you are studying. These questions and idea generators should help you to become a more critical reader. Understand and retain what you read! Read on.
Read Some of the Most Famous First Lines in...
The first lines of novels are often memorable. Just reading the words can be enough to set the tone for the rest of the book. Which of the famous lines in literature is your favorite?
'Night' Trilogy - Review
Elie Wiesel's memoir Night is perhaps the one document that should be required reading for a world that wants to understand what it's become...
'The Monkey's Paw' Questions for Study and...
The Monkey's Paw is one of the most famous works by W.W. Jacobs. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
Why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Has Been...
Why was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn banned? And, why is Huckleberry Finn controversial?
Resolved to Read the Classics!
Resolving to read more is a popular trend for 2015. Why not try reading the Classics? Here are our best suggestions for book clubs, lists, and more!
Classic Quotes About Adulthood and Society from...
The Giver is a novel by Lois Lowry. It's about Jonas, who becomes the Receiver of Memories, and then begins to understand the deepest secrets of the society. Here are a few quotes from The Giver.
What Was Literature Like During the Medieval...
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Mark Twain - What Did Mark Twain Write About...
What did Mark Twain write about slavery? What was his view on slaves? How did Mark Twain's background influence his perceptions on African Americans?
Quotes from Orwell’s Classic Political...
In this novel, the animals rise up against the humans, take over the farm, and rename the place. Here are a few passages from this famous work.
Quotes from Epic Depression Novel ‘The...
Grapes of Wrath is a novel by John Steinbeck, Nobel-Prize winner for literature. Published in 1939, the novel centers around the Joads, a family of sharecroppers, who journey to California to find a new life--amidst the Dust Bowl devastation of the Great Depression. Here are a few quotes from Grapes of Wrath.
When Did the Romantic Period of Literature Begin?
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Marcus Aurelius Quotes (Marcus Aurelius...
Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninius) was a Stoic and Roman Emperor. His most famous work is Meditations, which appeared in 12 books. Here are a few quotes from the works of Marcus Aurelius.
'The Devil and Tom Walker' Questions for Study...
The Devil and Tom Walker is the story of Tom Walker, who is tempted by the Devil, who goes by the name of Old Scratch. The story has been compared to the Faust tales by various famous authors. Take a look at these questions for study and discussion.
A Review of the Classic Dickens Novel,...
The well-known story of Oliver the orphan, told with all the vivid literary skill Dickens brought to all his novels, but also a raw, gritty quality.
A Review of Hemingway’s...
This novel was an enormous success when published in 1952. It is more than just a simple story of an old Cuban fisherman who catches a fish then loses it.
At the 'Cadian Ball - Kate Chopin (1851-1904)
Read "At the 'Cadian Ball," by Kate Chopin (1851-1904).
'How to Read Literature Like a Professor' Review
Thomas Foster opens up a new world of literature, drawing from some of the world's greatest classics to explore what literature is, what it means to us, and how we can understand it. It's a fun and entertaining introduction for students and book lovers alike.
10 Books You Have to Read if You Liked...
George Orwell presents his dystopian vision of the future in 1984. The novel was first published in 1948, and it was based on the work of Yevgeny Zamyatin. If you like the story of Winston Smith and Big Brother, you may enjoy these other books. Take a look at these must reads!
Jane Eyre Quiz
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My Last Duchess Quiz
Test your knowledge of "My Last Duchess."
'The Catcher in the Rye' - What is important...
What is important about the title of The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger? Why is it memorable? What other work(s) in literary history influenced the title? Where does mention of the title enter into the body of the text?
Powerful Quotes from Classic Steinbeck Novel...
Of Mice and Men is a novel by John Steinbeck. This tragedy was first published in 1937. The story is told from the third-person omniscient point-of-view. Of Mice and Men follows the misadventures of Lennie and George, two ranch hands in California. Here are a few quotes from Of Mice and Men.
'The Little Match Girl' Review
When I first heard the story of The Little Match Girl, I was left with the most vivid images. I could see the little girl--so poor and cold and forlorn, as she lit the match. What are your earliest memories of The Little Match Girl?
'The Pearl' Quotes
The Pearl is a novel by John Steinbeck. What happens when a young diver finds a pearl of extraordinary beauty (and value)--particularly when he lives in such an impoverished state? Be careful what you wish for--the old saying certainly applies here. In the end, what does the pearl bring him besides heartache and sorrow? Here are a few quotes from The Pearl.
Famous Quotes from "1948" by George Orwell That...
George Orwell's 1984 is a famous dystopian novel. The novel revolves around the experience of Winston Smith. Big Brother is watching; and thoughtcrime is illegal. Here are a few quotes from 1984.
Can You Remember These Quotes from Harper Lee's...
The book depicts the experiences of a young girl, Scout, and her family in a Southern town, and deals with racism, violence and alienation.
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.
'The Devil and Tom Walker' Quotes
What is it about The Devil and Tom Walker that so fascinates the reader? Is it Old Scratch? Is it that miserly ole Tom Walker? Is it the idea of being tempted with riches? What would you do if you were tempted by the Devil? With these quotes, you'll get an idea of why The Devil and Tom Walker is so popular. Read on.
Read Nathaniel Hawthorne's Classic Short Story,...
Nathaniel Hawthorne is a famous American writer, known for works like The Scarlet Letter, and this short story: The Minister's Black Veil, which was published in 1836.
Edgar Allan Poe Quotes
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most curiously eccentric figures in American literature. He was a man of poetry and short stories--a man given to leaps of grotesque imaginings and fantastic fleets of fancy. He wrote some fascinating lines! Here are a few quotes.
Read 'The Story of an Hour,' Kate Chopin's...
The Story of an Hour is a short story by Kate Chopin. The work is one of her most famous short works, partly because of its surprise ending. Here, Chopin explores some of the themes for which she has become so famous. Here's the complete text of The Story of an Hour.
'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' Review
Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the most celebrated novels in American literature--arguably the greatest novel in American literature. As such, the book is frequently taught in high school English, college literature classes, American history classes, and every other opportunity teachers can find.
What does Mark Twain say about slavery in...
What does Mark Twain say about slavery with his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
'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.
What Is Stream-of-Consciousness Writing?
What is stream of consciousness? Read more about stream of consciousness.
Must Reads for College-Bound Students
If you're headed to college, here are a few books you should read to start preparing yourself for the reading load ahead! Here's a list.
'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' Review
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is, without doubt, one of the most famous and enduring children's classics. It is full of whimsical charm, and a feeling for the absurd that is unsurpassed.
Classic Vampire Quotes from ‘Dracula’
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a classic vampire tale. First published in 1897, the novel drew from vampire myth to create a literary legacy. Even though stories like Polidori's The Vampire and Le Fanu's Carmilla already existed at the time Dracula was first published, Stoker helped to spawn a new dimension in horror literature. Here are a few quotes from Bram Stoker's Dracula.
The Prologue, Modern - Canterbury Tales -...
Read The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400). Ths work of British literature is one of the most famous pieces of the period.
Classic Quotes from Controversial Novel...
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by Ray Bradbury. The work is one of the most beloved works by Bradbury, but it's also controversial. Here are a few quotes.
'The Story of an Hour' Questions for Study...
The Story of an Hour is one of the greatest works by Kate Chopin. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
How To Get Rid of Bad Odor in Books
Despite your best efforts, you may find mold or mildew on your books. The books may smell musty. Here are tips for how to get rid of the bad odor.
Word Quotes
Words have power. In some myths, spoken words create worlds, creatures, and human beings. Here are some quotes from famous writers.
Game of Love: Restoration Comedy
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The Devil and Tom Walker Major Events
What happened in The Devil and Tom Walker? What are the major events? Take a look at the outline of the main occurences in the story, The Devil and Tom Walker.
'The Necklace' Review
Guy de Maupassant manages to bring a flavor to his stories that is unforgettable. He writes about ordinary people, but he paints their lives in colors that are rich with adultery, marriage, prostitution, murder, and war. During his lifetime, he created nearly 300 stories, along with the other 200 newspaper articles, 6 novels, and 3 travel books that he wrote. Whether you love his work, or you hate it, Maupassant's work seems to illicit a strong response...
Why I Wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper'
Read about why Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote The Yellow Wallpaper.
What is the canon? How does it relate to literature? Read more about the canon.
Quotes from Classic African Novel ‘Things...
Things Fall Apart is an important African novel by Chinua Achebe--one of the most greatest classics of its time. The book involves the clash of cultures and belief systems, as colonization affects the people. Here are a few quotes from Things Fall Apart.
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.
'The Grapes of Wrath' - What Is The Importance...
What is important about the title of The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck? Where did the phrase come from? Why is it so important to understand the historical context, and how it has evolved over times?
'The Raven' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Raven is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable works. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
Classic Literature Picks for the Supernatural...
Fans of speculative fiction & the supernatural will learn more about the genre's early beginnings, from William Shakespeare to Edgar Allan Poe.
A Century of Classic Literature for Young...
Exploring 100 years of classic literature for young readers, from Little Women to Lord of the Flies.
'Lolita' Quotes
Lolita is the controversial novel by Vladimir Nabokov, Russian author. The work centers around Humbert Humbert, a pedophile (which, of course, is part of why the book is so controversial).
Romeo and Juliet from 'Beautiful Stories from...
E. Nesbit offers this adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Classic Quotes That Show You Why ‘The...
This landmark book,full of graphic descriptions of the meat-packing industry, was so troubling it inspired the creation of the Food and Drug Administration.
How to Remember What You Read
Reading is important. But, the next step is making sure that you remember what you've read! Here are some tricks to keep it from flying right out of your head.
The Devil and Tom Walker - Study Guide overview...
The Devil and Tom Walker is one of the most famous short stories by Washington Irving. The work was published in 1824 as part of the Money-Diggers series, in his short story collection, Tales of a Traveller. Set in New England, the story takes place in the 1700s. The story has been compared to the classic story of Faust, a scholar who makes a deal with the devil. Read more about The Devil and Tom Walker with this study guide.
Mark Twain Quiz
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'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' Quotes
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a supernatural tale by Washington Irving. Here are a few famous quotes from the story.
'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.
Get an Overview of Aldous Huxley’s...
In a futuristic society based on pleasure without moral repercussions, Aldous Huxley places a few oddball characters to stir up the plot. Read more about Brave New World.
Classic Anti-War Quotes from ‘Slaughterho...
Slaughterhouse-Five is an anti-war novel, by Kurt Vonnegut. The work was first published in 1969, and it's been called an American classic. Semi-autobiographical in nature, the novel is drawn from the Vonnegut's war-time experiences in World War II. Here are a few quotes from the novel.
British Literary Periods: A Brief Overview with...
Periods of British Literature, a brief overview with examples.
Edgar Allan Poe: A Philosophy of Death
There was a man behind. Classic Literature.
'Of Mice and Men' Summary
Of Mice and Men is a famous and controversial American novel by award-winning writer, John Steinbeck.
Modern Classic - What Is a Modern Classic
What is a modern classic? Let's explore the modern classic--what it is, means, and reads like...
'The Catcher in the Rye' Questions for Study...
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Jane Austen Quiz
Why was Jane Austen so famous? What are some of her most well-known works? Which characters fall in love? And what happens? Test your knowledge about Jane Austen.
Stay Awake & Read - Stop Falling Asleep
How do you stay awake while reading a book--particularly when it's a difficult academic book? Here are a few tips for how to stave off sleep while you read and study works of literature.
'The Gift of the Magi' Questions for Study and...
The Gift of the Magi is one of the greatest works by O. Henry. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
Who Wrote It? -- Quiz
Test your knowledge about who wrote these bits of literature, with this quiz by Tamra Willett-Johnson.
American Literary Periods: A Brief Overview
A brief guide to American Literary Periods, with examples.
Banned Books - A List
So, you want to read a banned book? Here's a list of banned and challenged books.
Quotes from Classic Dystopian Novel ‘Brav...
This famous and controversial work deals with issues of technological advancements, sexuality, and individuality--in a dehumanizing society. Here are a few quotes from the novel.
11 Memorable Quotes from 'The Scarlet Letter'
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'Young Goodman Brown' Quotes
Young Goodman Brown is a short story from Nathaniel Hawthorne. The work centers around a young Puritan in New England, and his deal with the Devil. The work (and author) are famous for their representation of American Romantic literature.
1- Extract from Adam's Diary - Mark Twain
Read "Extract from Adam's Diary," by Mark Twain (1835-1910).
'The Yellow Wallpaper' Quotes
In this short story, the narrator is isolated in her room, with the express abolition of thinking, writing or reading. It's The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Here are a few quotes from the story.
'David Copperfield' Review
David Copperfield is probably the most autobiographical novel by Charles Dickens. He uses many incidents of his childhood and early life to create a considerable fictional achievement.
How To Improve Your Reading Speed
Reading can be fun, but it can also be time-consuming if your speed is not as fast as you'd like it to be. An average reading speed can range from 200 to 350 words per minute, but that rate can vary depending on the material and your reading experience. It's also important to understand what you are reading--even when you improve your speed. Here are a few tips to help you improve your reading speed.
'A Simple Heart' - Part 3
A Simple Heart is part of a collection, Three Tales, by Gustave Flaubert. Here's the third part.
'Metamorphosis' Quotes
Metamorphosis is a famous novella by Franz Kafka. The work centers around a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa. What happens when he turns into a bug one day? Here are a few quotes from the novella.
David Copperfield (1850) by Charles Dickens:...
A brief summary and review for Charles Dickens's eighth novel, and his most autobiographical, David Copperfield, which was published as a serial in 1849-1850.
Guy de Maupassant Biography
Guy de Maupassant wrote short stories like The Necklace and Bel Amim, but he also wrote poetry and novels. He was an author of the naturalistic school. Read more about the life and works of Guy de Maupassant.
Great American Short-Story Master - Unforgettable
O. Henry (pseudonym for William Sydney Porter) was born in on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina; and he became famous for his short stories. Read more about the life and works of O. Henry.
Quotes from Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why The...
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is a famous book by Maya Angelou. This work is told from a first-person perspective, and it is the first in a series of her autobiographical books. The book has been popular since it was first published in 1969. Here are a few quotes from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
Scout Quotes - from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' -...
Scout is the unforgettable young girl in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Her real name is Jean Louise Finch. Her father's courage--in the face of life-threatening challenges--teaches her lessons that will last a lifetime. Here are quotes from Scout.
What is the Biblical reference to 'The Grapes...
What is the Biblical reference to the grapes of wrath that appears to be the earliest known source or inspiration for John Steinbeck's famous novel?
'Black Boy' Quotes
Black Boy, by Richard Wright, was first published in 1945. This autobiographical novel was a bestseller, and it is an important 20th-century work of literature. Another famous novel by Richard Wright, Native Son, was published in 1940. Here are a few quotes from Black Boy.
Quotes from Classic Fantasy Novel ‘The...
The Hobbit is a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, a famous Oxford professor, essayist and writer. The story centers around Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in a grand adventure. Here are a few quotes from The Hobbit.
Interpretive literature
What is interpretive literature? Why do we write interpretive literature? Read more about interpretive literature!
Find Out How Much Your Books Are Worth
Discover where to find the value of books in your collection. Read on.
How to Read Classic Literature: Five Places to...
So you want to learn more about literature but don't know where to begin? Here are five books that will introduce you to everything you need to know!
Jay Gatsby
Jay Gatsby is the central character in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
'Oliver Twist' Quotes
Oliver Twist was the second novel by Charles Dickens. It's a coming-of-age story about an orphan. It's one of the most famous works by Dickens. Here are a few quotes from Oliver Twist.
'The Handmaid's Tale' Quotes
The Handmaid's Tale is a bestselling novel by Margaret Atwood. The setting has been described as a feminist dystopia, where war and pollution has made pregnancy and child-birth increasingly difficult. Women are enslaved as prostitutes/virginal concubines--in an effort to repopulate and control the population. Here are a few quotes from The Handmaid's Tale.
'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Quotes
Robert Louis Stevenson made literary history with his story about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This story of the dual personality being personified during a medical experiment has been told and re-told in adaptations since it was first published. Here are a few quotes from Stevenson's famous story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Quotes from Classic Social Critique ‘Deat...
Featuring Willy Loman, Death of a Salesman has been seen as an attack on the American dream. Death of a Salesman is one of the works for which Arthur Miller became most famous, bringing him international acclaim. Here are a few quotes from Death of a Salesman.
Hearts and Hands - O. Henry (1862-1910)
Read the collected works of O. Henry .More E-texts Hearts and Hands by O. Henry (1862-1910) At Denver
'Of Mice and Men' Questions for Study and...
Of Mice and Men is a famous (and controversial) novel by John Steinbeck. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
'Anne of Green Gables' Quotes
Anne of Green Gables is a novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The story centers around Anne Shirley, a red-headed orphan, with a wild imagination and a talent for getting into trouble. Here are a few quotes from Anne of Green Gables.

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