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Classic Literature: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What Is Literature?
What is literature? Why do we read it? Why is literature important?
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Papa Panov's Special Christmas' - Leo Tolstoy
Papa Panov's Special Christmas is a story by Leo Tolstoy. Take a look at this holiday tale.
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.
The Holy Night - Selma Lagerlof
The Holy Night is a story by Selma Lagerlof. Take a look at this famous story.
Notable Atticus Finch Quotes from 'To Kill a...
Atticus Finch of the classic novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' is one of the best-known father figures in American literature. Here are some of his memorable quotes.
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.
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...
'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?
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.
Review Washington Irving’s Classic Short...
Washington Irving published. Classic Literature.
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.
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.
'A Christmas Carol' Stave 1, Part 1 - Charles...
Charles Dickens builds the backdrop of Ebenezer Scrooge's world, complete with his portrayal of ultimate greed (and its eventual end). Here's the first part of Stave 1, A Christmas Carol.
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...
Thanksgiving - What Do Famous Authors Write...
What do famous authors write about Thanksgiving Day, and the sentiment that goes along with our famous holiday? Here are a few lines from the greatest writers. Read what Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, and others have written about Thanksgiving.
'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 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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
The Catcher in the Rye Quiz
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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.
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.
'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?
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...
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
'The Pine Tree' Story - Hans Christian Andersen
The Pine Tree is a famous tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Here's the well-known classic.
'A Moveable Feast' Quotes
A Moveable Feast is a collection of memoirs by Ernest Hemingway, famous American writer. Learn more about Hemingway's experiences in Paris--with these quotes from his famous book.
''A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens - Quotes
Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol (1843), is the famous tale of Scrooge, who is visited by spirits from the past, present and future. The novel is a celebration of Christmas, but it is also a story of redemption. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel.
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.
When Did the Romantic Period of Literature Begin?
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William Bradford Biography
(1590-1657) American writer. William Bradford was born in 1590 in Yorkshire, but he would become one of the most famous writers and leaders in American history, famous for the Mayflower Compact and History of Plimoth Plantation, (sic) which wasn't published in full until 1856. Read more about the life and works of William Bradford.
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
'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.
If You Love Harry Potter, You Have to Read...
What do you do when you've read all of the books in the Harry Potter series? Here are other fantasy books, filled with magic and adventure.
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!
'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.
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.
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!
What does Mark Twain say about slavery in...
What does Mark Twain say about slavery with his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
'A Moveable Feast' Review
This novel-cum-memoir is about a young artist--impoverished and living in Paris. The book is also tribute to the numerous characters he meets.
'Of Mice and Men' Summary
Of Mice and Men is a famous and controversial American novel by award-winning writer, John Steinbeck.
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.
Old English Quiz
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'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?
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.
The Story of an Hour Quiz
Test your knowledge of "A Story of An Hour."
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.
Jane Eyre Quiz
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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.
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.
Edgar Allan Poe - Memorable 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.
American Literary Periods: A Brief Overview
A brief guide to American Literary Periods, with examples.
'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.
'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.
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.
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.
Famous Last Lines of Novels
The last lines of novels are the final word. The author may offer resolution (or just more questions). In the end, we take what we can get. Which of the famous last lines in literature is your favorite?
What Is Stream-of-Consciousness Writing?
What is stream of consciousness? Read more about stream of consciousness.
Christmas at Sea - Robert Louis Stevenson
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A Biography of Shakespeare, Greatest Writer of...
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'The Black Cat' Questions for Study and...
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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.
'Little Match Girl' Questions for Study and...
It's a famous tale, but it's also controversial. What can we learn from the story of a little girl, who is trying to sell matches on a cold day?
Christmas Quotes
Here are a few more Christmas quotations for the holidays, from writers from around the world.
Romeo and Juliet from 'Beautiful Stories from...
E. Nesbit offers this adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
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...
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.
Best Short Stories
I love to read short stories--they're short, but marvelously sweet nuggets of gold (perfect to quench a book-lover's appetite for great literature in quick snapshots). Here's a list of some of the greatest works of short fiction. Enjoy the experience!
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.
'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.
Feminism and Hamlet
Read more about Hamlet and a Feminist Argument, from Steve Henderson. Page 2.
British Literary Periods: A Brief Overview with...
Periods of British Literature, a brief overview with examples.
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 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.
'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.
My Last Duchess Quiz
Test your knowledge of "My Last Duchess."
'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.
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."
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.
What Was Literature Like During the Victorian...
The Victorian Period revolves around the political career of Queen Victoria. She was crowned in 1837 and died in 1901 (which put a definite end to her political career). A great deal of change took place during this period — brought about because of the Industrial Revolution; so it's not surprising that the literature of the period is often concerned with social reform. Read on.
Word Quotes
Words have power. In some myths, spoken words create worlds, creatures, and human beings. Here are some quotes from famous writers.
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...
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.
Quotes from Controversial Satire 'The...
Oscar Wilde created one of the most delightful and memorable social comedies, with The Importance of Being Earnest. It's a comedy of manners that satirizes Victorian manners and customs, but he does it with a light, witty style that's absolutely unforgettable. Here are a few quotes from The Importance of Being Earnest.
'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.
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.
Who Wrote It? -- Quiz
Test your knowledge about who wrote these bits of literature, with this quiz by Tamra Willett-Johnson.
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.
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.
'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.
Game of Love: Restoration Comedy
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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!
'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.
'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).
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.
1984 Quiz
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'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...
Find Out How Much Your Books Are Worth
Discover where to find the value of books in your collection. Read on.
Pride and Prejudice Quiz
Test your knowledge about one of the greatest novels of that period. When was the book published? Who are the main characters? Who wrote the novel?
'A Christmas Carol' Stave 5, Part 2 - Charles...
In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, finishes his tale about Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors. Is he redeemed? Read on...
Acrostic Poem
What is an Acrostic Poem? How does it relate to literature? Read more about acrostic poems.
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.
War of the Worlds Quiz
Test your knowledge of "War of the Worlds."
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.
Read a Review of ‘Great Expectations,&rsq...
Plot summary and themes of Great Expectations, one of the most famous and much-loved novels by the great master of Victorian prose.
'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.
Read "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven is a famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Here's the full text.
'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.
What Was Literature Like During the Medieval...
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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.
'A Christmas Carol' Questions for Study and...
A Christmas Carol is always a favorite Christmas story, with Scrooge the famously unrepentant sinner. He is visited by the ghost of past, present and future. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
'Around the World in 80 Days' Review
Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days is a rip-roaring adventure story set, in the first place, in Victorian England, but which ranges throughout the world following its protagonist Phileus Fogg. Read more about the work, with this review.
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?
Classic Mark Twain Quotes from ‘Huckleber...
Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), is the famous tale of Huckleberry Finn, who journeys down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave, Jim. The wit and wisdom of Mark Twain shines through in this novel. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel.
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.
The Knight's Tale, 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.
Treasure Island Quiz
Test your knowledge of "Treasure Island."
'The Gift of the Magi' Questions for Study and...
'The Gift of the Magi' by O. Henry is a famous story of love and sacrifice. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
Mark Twain Quiz
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Best Poems
The greatest poems of all time come down to us from William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Emily Dickinson and so many other important writers in world literature. Here's a listing of some of the best poems from my favorite literary poets.
'A Christmas Carol' Vocabulary
Here's a vocabulary list from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Use these terms for reference, study, and discussion.
Books About Thanksgiving in Literature
Thanksgiving Day is an important part of American culture, and it has been depicted in many works of literature. One of the most notable stories of Thanksgiving is the one by Louisa May Alcott, but there are other tales, which involve the feast, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and other elements of the history (or mis-history). Read more about the day and the legends that have been developed in recognition of Thanksgiving Day.
What Was Ernest Hemingway's Nickname?
Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He was famous for his novels, short stories and essays, with works that include: The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and The Old Man and the Sea (1952). Hemingway received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Read more about Ernest Hemingway's life and works.
Why ‘Wuthering Heights’ Was a...
When Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights was first published in 1847, under the name of Ellis Bell, it received mixed reviews. Although some critics saw the potential evident in the cyclical plot and other literary devices, many others were shocked and dismayed by the unashamedly dark storyline. Read more about Wuthering Heights, from Katharine Swan.
Why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Has Been...
Why was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn banned? And, why is Huckleberry Finn controversial?
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.
What's the story behind Edgar Allan Poe’s...
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Charles Dickens Quotes
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Huckleberry Finn -- What Have Writers Said...
You may already be familiar with the historical controversies surrounding
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.
Famous Quotes from Ibsen’s Controversial...
A Doll's House is a famous and controversial drama from the Norwegian playwright. Here are some lines from the script.
Arthurian Romance
King Arthur has been an important figure in English literature since singers and story-tellers first described his great exploits in the 6th-century. Of course, the legend of King Arthur has been appropriated by many story-tellers and poets, who have embellished upon the first, most modest tales. Part of the intrigue of the stories, which became part of Arthurian romance, though, is the mixture of myth, adventure, love, enchantment, and tragedy. Read more about it.
George Orwell's Classic Quotes
George Orwell is one of the most famous English writers of his time. He is perhaps best known for his controversial novel, 1984, a dystopian tale in which language and truth is corrupted. He also wrote Animal Farm, an anti-Soviet fable where the animals revolt against the humans.
'Tess of the d'Urberville' Quotes
Tess of the d'Urberville is a tragedy. The novel details the loss of innocence and the ultimate destruction of a young girl. The novel was one of the last novels by Thomas Hardy, who is also famous for Jude the Obscure. Here are a few quotes from Tess of the d'Urberville.
'The Necklace' Review
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