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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.
'Papa Panov's Special Christmas' - Story
Papa Panov's Special Christmas is a story by Leo Tolstoy. Take a look at this holiday tale.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Clement...
Read the famous Christmas classic by Clement Clarke Moore.
The Holy Night - Selma Lagerlof
The Holy Night is a story by Selma Lagerlof. Take a look at this famous story.
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).
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.
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.
'A Christmas Carol' 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.
The Catcher in the Rye Quiz
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'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. Page 2.
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.
The Story of an Hour Quiz
Test your knowledge of "A Story of An Hour."
Extraordinary Literature for the Back to School...
Celebrate the back to school season with these great classics, including J.D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Charlotte Bronte's Villette.
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.
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.
Mark Twain Quiz
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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.
Christmas Quotes
Here are a few more Christmas quotations for the holidays, from writers from around the world.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
Christmas at Sea - Robert Louis Stevenson
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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.
101 Classics to Get You Started
A list of 101 world classics for every reader to enjoy, from Jane Austen to Anthony Trollope.
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 Elizabethan Period - A History of English...
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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.
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.
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.
'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.
Antigone Quiz
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'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' Article
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1984 Quiz
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'A Letter From Santa Claus' - Mark Twain
Mark Twain wrote a letter to his daughter Suzy, which he sent from Santa Claus. Take a look at the letter here.
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."
A Christmas Greeting - Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
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See Why ‘The Gift of the Magi’ Is a...
The Gift of the Magi is a popular Christmas story about love and sacrifice. The work is one of the most famous stories by O. Henry, an American writer.
A Child's Christmas in Wales - Dylan Thomas
A Child's Christmas in Wales is by Dylan Thomas. Take a look at this famous holiday work.
Cinderella
Cinderealla, by Brothers Grimm, translated by Margaret Taylor (1884).
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 Invalid's Story - Mark Twain
Read "The Invalid's Story," by Mark Twain (1835-1910).
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.
The Ransom of Red Chief - O. Henry (1862-1910)
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'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.
Who Wrote It? -- Quiz
Test your knowledge about who wrote these bits of literature, with this quiz by Tamra Willett-Johnson.
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.
Preface - Picture of Dorian Gray - Preface -...
Read Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe
Read "The Pit and the Pendulum," by Edgar Allan Poe.
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...
The Prologue, Middle English - 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.
Christmas - What Writers Say About Christmas...
Christmas happens only once a year, but it it one of the most fun times of the year! Writers have said a lot about the Christmas holiday (and everything that goes with it). Celebrate Christmas with these quotes from famous authors like Charles Dickens and Walter Scott.
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 Christmas Carol' Stave 5, Part 1 - Charles...
In A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, Ebeneezer Scrooge awakens from his whirlwind adventures with the ghostly visitors: Past, Present and Future. What will his future be? Has he been reformed? Will he celebrate the holiday? Has he changed? Read on...
'A Christmas Carol' Vocabulary
Here's a vocabulary list from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Use these terms for reference, study, and discussion.
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?
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?
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.
Little Snow-White - Brothers Grimm
Read "Little Snow-White," by the Brothers Grimm.
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.
At Christmas - Edgar Albert Guest
Edgar Albert Guest writes about the spirit of Christmas in At Christmas. Read this famous work of poetry for the holiday.
Jane Eyre Quiz
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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.
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.
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 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.
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!
'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?
The Selfish Giant - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Read The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
'King Lear' Quotes
King Lear is one of the most famous plays by William Shakespeare, based on a legendary king (Leir). The plot has influenced various other novels, including A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley. Take a look at these quotes from King Lear, one of the greatest tragedies in English literature.
'A Christmas Carol' Quotes Page 2
Here are more quotes from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Page 2.
'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?
What Is Stream-of-Consciousness Writing?
What is stream of consciousness? Read more about stream of consciousness.
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.
The City in the Sea - Edgar Allan Poe
Read "The City in the Sea" by Edgar Allan Poe.
In an Artist's Studio - Christina Rossetti...
Read "In an Artist's Studio," by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).
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.
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.
Review Washington Irving’s Classic Short...
Washington Irving published. Classic Literature.
35 - The Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain...
Mark Twain -- Read "The Innocents Abroad," by Mark Twain.
The Translation of Enoch - Vol. 1 - Legends of...
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'A Christmas Carol' Stave 3, Part 1 - Charles...
Charles Dickens introduces the second of three spirits (forewarned by Marley's ghost). Here's Stave 3, Part 1, of A Christmas Carol.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Chapter 10 - Robert...
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
A List of Works by James Fenimore Cooper for...
Here's a list of the works by James Fenimore Cooper
'A Christmas Carol' Poem
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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.
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.
The Pardoner's Tale, Modern English - Geoffrey...
Read The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400). Ths work of British literature is one of the most famous pieces of the period.
Ring Out, Wild Bells - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ring Out, Wild Bells is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Take a look at this holiday poem.
Misery - Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)
Read Misery by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). Chekhov is well-known for his short fiction and plays, particularly The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters, and other works.
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 Christmas Carol' Stave 4, Part 1 - Charles...
Charles Dickens introduces the third (and most terrifying) of the three spirits (forewarned by Marley's ghost). Here's Stave 4, Part 1, of A Christmas Carol.
Mark Twain - How Does Mark Twain Represent...
How does he fit into the Realistic Period in American literature (1865-1900)? Read more about Mark Twain and Realism.
Even M0re Christmas Quotes
Here are a few more Christmas quotations for the holidays. Page 2.
Renaissance - A History of English Literature
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22 New Year’s Quotes From Famous Authors
It's the first day of the year, a time when we remember the year that's past, make resolutions, plan for the year ahead, and just have fun! Writers have said a lot about the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Celebrate the start of a whole new year--with these quotes from famous authors like Charles Lamb and Benjamin Franklin.
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.
American Literary Periods
A brief guide to American Literary Periods, with examples.
Love's Philosophy - Percy Bysshe Shelley...
Read Love's Philosophy, by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).
'The Great Gatsby' Questions for Study and...
The Great Gatsby is the most famous novel by F.Scott Fitzgerald. But, what does it mean? Why is the book so controversial (banned/challenged)? What does the book have to say about the state of society? Here are a few questions for study and discussion, related to The Great Gatsby.
Treasure Island Quiz
Test your knowledge of "Treasure Island."
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.
Simple Sentences - An English Grammar - W. M....
Read An English Grammar, by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell.
'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?
War of the Worlds Quiz
Test your knowledge of "War of the Worlds."
The Murders in the Rue Morgue - Edgar Allan Poe
Read "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe.
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.
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.
Hamlet: A Feminist Argument (2)
Read more about Hamlet and a Feminist Argument, from Steve Henderson. Page 2.
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?
A Problem - Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)
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Huckleberry Finn -- What Have Writers Said...
You may already be familiar with the historical controversies surrounding
Christmas - Old Christmas - Washington Irving...
Read "Old Christmas," by Washington Irving.
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.
A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior, by Ben...
A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior, by Ben Jonson
'The Black Cat' Questions for Study and...
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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.
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.
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.
Moving Quotes from Zora Neale Hurston’s...
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel by Zora Neale Hurston. It's the story of Janie Crawford, who returns home and tells the story of the last 20 years. Here are a few quotes from the novel.
'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.
Must Read Books If You Like 'The Catcher in the...
J.D. Salinger presents his classic tale of alienation and dysfunctional adolescence in his controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye. The title of the novel is based on 'Comin' Thro' the Rye,' a poem by Robert Burns. If you like the story of Holden Caulfield and his misadventures, you may enjoy these other books. Take a look at these must reads!
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.
Game of Love: Restoration Comedy
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'Beloved' Quotes
Beloved is a novel by Toni Morrison, who uses flashbacks and other devices to draw us through the tragic series of events in Seth's life. A moment of insanity shaped the rest of her existence; and, she (and those around her) would never be the same. Here are a few quotes from this dark novel, Beloved.
A 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.
Act II - Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
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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.
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...
Epic Quotes from Herman Melville’s...
Moby Dick is a famous American novel--epic in scope. This quest tale was first published in 1851, but the book didn't achieve its acclaim as a masterpiece until many years after Herman Melville was dead. Here are a few quotes from Moby Dick, the great American novel...
Best-seller - O. Henry (1862-1910)
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'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).
Word Quotes
Words have power. In some myths, spoken words create worlds, creatures, and human beings. Here are some quotes from famous writers.
British Literary Periods
Periods of British Literature, a brief overview with examples.
A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim -...
Read A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim, by Walt Whitman.
Quotes from Oscar Wilde’s Only Novel,...
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's only known novel. The work first appeared in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890, and it was revised and published as a novel the following year. The work was considered scandalous and immoral when it first appeared, but it was really a way for Wilde to write about his philosophy of art. Here are a few quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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Read Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
What is a Mystery?
What is a mystery? The very term baffles the imagination... A mystery purveys the element of shock and awe. We explore hidden paths, or explore the unknown, until we discover the truth. A mystery is usually presented in the form of a novel or a short story, but it could also be a non-fiction book that explores uncertain or illusory facts.
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.
'A Christmas Carol' Preface - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens created one of the memorable Christmas stories of all time with A Christmas Carol. Here's the Preface.
The Man of the Crowd - Edgar Allan Poe
Read "The Man of the Crowd" by Edgar Allan Poe.
'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.
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.
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 Miller'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.
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.
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.
Title: 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens?
In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, you may have wondered about the meaning behind the title? After all, why would Charles Dickens entitle the book that way and then introduce us to a crotchety, old man who hates all humanity? Here a discussion of the title...
When Did the Romantic Period of Literature Begin?
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