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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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
'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.
The Story of an Hour Quiz
Test your knowledge of "A Story of An Hour."
The Catcher in the Rye Quiz
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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 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.
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?
Souls Belated- by Edith Wharton (1862-1937)
Read "Souls Belated," 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
George Orwell - List of Works
George Orwell is a novelist, essayist and critic. He's famous as the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Here's a list of works by George Orwell.
When Did the Romantic Period of Literature Begin?
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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.
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.
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.
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...
'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.
Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen is one of the most famous and controversial writers in world literature. Here's a list of works.
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.
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?
Find Out How Much Your Books Are Worth
Discover where to find the value of books in your collection. Read on.
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.
Cinderealla, by Brothers Grimm, translated by Margaret Taylor (1884).
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.
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.
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.
British Literary Periods: A Brief Overview with...
Periods of British Literature, a brief overview with examples.
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.
Antigone Quiz
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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.
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.
What does Mark Twain say about slavery in...
What does Mark Twain say about slavery with his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
'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.
At the 'Cadian Ball - Kate Chopin (1851-1904)
Read "At the 'Cadian Ball," by Kate Chopin (1851-1904).
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.
'The Black Cat' Questions for Study and...
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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!
Resolved to Read the Classics!
Resolving to read more is a popular trend for 2016. Why not try reading the Classics? Here are our best suggestions for book clubs, lists, and more!
'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?
Inspire Your Kids to Read the Classics!: 100...
Exploring 100 years of classic literature for young readers, from Little Women to Lord of the Flies.
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.
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.
American Literary Periods: A Brief Overview
A brief guide to American Literary Periods, with examples.
What inspired or influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald...
The Great Gatsby is one of the great American classics, but what inspire F. Scott Fitzgerald to write the book? Was he drawing details from his life, from his imagination, from what he witnessed around him? How well did he turn the rich fabric of material into a novel?
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.
My Last Duchess Quiz
Test your knowledge of "My Last Duchess."
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 Rose for Emily' Questions for Study and...
A Rose for Emily is a favorite American short story by William Faulkner. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
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.
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.
'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.
'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.
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?
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.
'Of Mice and Men' Summary
Of Mice and Men is a famous and controversial American novel by award-winning writer, John Steinbeck.
How To Stay Awake & Read and Stop Falling...
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.
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.
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.
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...
Quotes from Classic War Novel ‘All Quiet...
All Quiet On The Western Front is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque. The book was published in 1929, and it was the author's way of coming to terms with the war. Parts of the book are autobiographical. All Quiet On The Western Front also has a history with censorship, as the book was banned in Germany. Here are a few quotes from All Quiet On The Western Front.
'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.
Book Price Guides
How much is your book worth? Is there a book you want to purchase, but you don't know the value of the book? These price guides should pave the way for you to better understand what books to buy, when to sell, and how much those books are worth. Read more from these book price guides.
Game of Love: Restoration Comedy
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Why I Wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper'
Read about why Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote The Yellow Wallpaper.
'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.
Mark Twain Quiz
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What is the role of women in 'Wuthering Heights'?
What is the role of women in Wuthering Heights? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?
Jane Eyre Quiz
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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.
Why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Has Been...
Why was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn banned? And, why is Huckleberry Finn controversial?
'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.
'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 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.
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 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.
'A Rose for Emily' - What's important about the...
: 'A Rose for Emily' - What's important about the title? What is important about the title of the short
Romeo and Juliet from 'Beautiful Stories from...
E. Nesbit offers this adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Old English Quiz
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'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.
What is the purpose of 'The Grapes of Wrath'?
The Grapes of Wrath is one of the greatest epic novels in American literature, but what is John Steinbeck's purpose in writing the novel? What meaning did he infuse into the pages of this great American novel?
'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.
'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?
Classic Quotes from ‘The Sun Also...
The Sun Also Rises brought Ernest Hemingway fame and fortune. The novel also came to be representative of the lost generation of writers. Here are a few quotes from this famous book by Ernest Hemingway.
'The Catcher in the Rye' Questions for Study...
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Word Quotes
Words have power. In some myths, spoken words create worlds, creatures, and human beings. Here are some quotes from famous writers.
What Was Literature Like During the Medieval...
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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.
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?
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.
'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 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.
'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...
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
'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.
'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 Is Stream-of-Consciousness Writing?
What is stream of consciousness? Read more about stream of consciousness.
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?
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?
Huckleberry Finn -- What Have Writers Said...
You may already be familiar with the historical controversies surrounding
Three Early Stories by J.D. Salinger
A brief summary and review for Three Early Stories by J.D. Salinger, a mini-collection of works printed for the first time after Salinger's death.
Mark Twain - What Does "Twain" Mean?
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Go Set A Watchman (2015) by Harper Lee: A Brief...
A brief summary and review for Harper Lee's long-lost second novel, Go Set A Watchman, a companion piece to the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird.
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.
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.
'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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Joining Emma Watson's Book Club, Our Shared...
Emma Watson's new book club, Our Shared Shelf, invites readers all over the world to celebrate women and feminism. We have some exciting suggestions!
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.
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 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.
'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.
What's Important About The Title of 'Wuthering...
Wuthering Heights is a great title! It sounds Gothic--it sets the mood for one of the most tragic love stories in literary history.
Classic Quotes About Power from ‘Heart of...
Heart of Darkness is a famous work by Joseph Conrad. The author's experiences in Africa gave him plenty of material for this work. Heart of Darkness is the tale of a man who gives into the enticements of power. Here are a few quotes from Heart of Darkness.
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.
Classic War Quotes from Ernest Hemingway’...
A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. The book was published in 1929, and the popularity of this work contributed to Hemingway's status as an American legend in literature. Hemingway drew from his wartime experiences to tell the story of Frederic Henry, a volunteer in the Italian army. Here are a few quotes from this tragic love story, A Farewell to Arms.
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.
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.
'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).
Mr. Darcy Quotes You Won’t Forget from...
Here are quotes from (and about) Mr. Darcy, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
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.
Jay Gatsby
Jay Gatsby is the central character in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Mark Twain - Why Did Samuel Clemens Use the Pen...
Why did Samuel Clemens use the pen name, Mark Twain? Did he use any other pseudonyms? Read more about Mark Twain, and names he went by.
Your Introduction to "The Storm" by Kate Chopin
Links to information about this story written in 1898 about an adulterous one-night stand, set in the late nineteenth century.
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.
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.
'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.
Escape literature
What is escape literature? Why do we write escape literature? Read more about escape!
'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.
'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry' Quotes
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is an award-winning novel by Mildred Taylor. Set in Depression-era Mississippi, centering around the Logan family and their land. Here are a few quotes from the novel.
Why ‘Lord of the Flies’ Is One of...
Every year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of formal complaints filed by patrons demanding that certain books be removed from schools or public libraries. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, persistently makes the top 100 on this list (in 2006, the novel reached number 70 on the banned books list).
'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.
Interpretive literature
What is interpretive literature? Why do we write interpretive literature? Read more about interpretive literature!
'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.

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