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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 Great Gatsby' Quotes
The Great Gatsby (1925) is one of the greatest American classics. The novel was written in Paris by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it has come to be seen as a representation of the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby relates the story of Jay Gatsby--as told by Nick Carraway. Here are a few quotes from The Great Gatsby.
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).
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Works like One Hundred Years of Solitude are already being termed classics, and he's famous for other works that are characterized by magic realism. Here are a few quotes from Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Literature
What is literature? Why do we read it? Why is literature important? Read more about literature.
'The Great Gatsby' Review
The Great Gatsby is probably F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest novel--a book that offers damning and insightful views of the American nouveau riche in the 1920s. Read more about it.
17 Quotes from "Romeo and Juliet"
Romeo and Juliet is a play about star-crossed lovers. The play is one of the most famous works by William Shakespeare. Lovers (Romeo and Juliet) are caught between two worlds, as their families feud to the death. Fights, witty lines, secret marriages, and untimely deaths--the play is unforgettable! Here are a few lines from Romeo and Juliet.
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 Story of an Hour Quiz
Test your knowledge of "A Story of An Hour."
The Catcher in the Rye Quiz
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30 Important Quotes from 'Night' by Elie Wiesel
Night, by Elie Wiesel, is a fictional work of Holocaust literature, although it has a decidedly autobiographical slant. Wiesel based the book--at least in part--on his own experiences during World War II. The book has received considerable acclaim, and the author received the Nobel Prize in 1986. Here are a few quotes from Wiesel's famous novel.
'Lord of the Flies' Quotes
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.
Victorian Period - A Time of Change
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.
Cinderella
Cinderealla, by Brothers Grimm, translated by Margaret Taylor (1884).
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.
The Elizabethan Period - A History of English...
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'Grapes of Wrath' Quotes
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.
Little Snow-White - Brothers Grimm
Read "Little Snow-White," by the Brothers Grimm.
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.
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?
Good Friday - Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
Read "Good Friday," by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).
1984 Quiz
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'The Devil and Tom Walker' Short Story
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.
Brush up on Your Shakespeare -- 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.
Jane Eyre Quiz
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Preface - Picture of Dorian Gray - Preface -...
Read Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
'Of Mice and Men' Review
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a touching tale of the friendship between two very different men--set against the backdrop of the United States during the depression of the 1930s. Read more about Of Mice and Men, in this review from James Topham.
'One Hundred Years of Solitude' Review
The novel has been called one of the greatest classics, written by Gabriel García Márquez. With all its controversy and tome-like qualities, One Hundred Years of Solitude will certainly never be forgotten...
Importance of Literature
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 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.
'Their Eyes Were Watching God' Quotes
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.
Which quotes do you remember from Harper Lee's...
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee. The book depicts the experiences of a young girl, Scout, and her family in a Southern town. This controversial work deals with aspects of racism, and involves other aspects of violence and alienation. Here are a few quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
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 Remember What You Read
Reading is important. But, the next step is making sure that you remember what you've read! Memory is sometimes a tricky thing. You may have just read the text, and the concepts and ideas of the poem or novel may not catch on... The images may just fly right out of your head. Here are a few tricks for remembering what you read.
9th Grade Reading List
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.
'1984' Quotes
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.
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.
Top 10 Famous Fictional Heroines
In exploring the world of literature, these heroines come immediately to mind: Edna Pontellier, Madame Bovary, Moll Flanders, Anna Karenin, Lily Bart, Jane Eyre, Hester Prynne, Elizabeth Bennet, Daisy Miller, and Murasaki Shikibu. Other heroines include: Lucy Honeychurch, Antonia Shimerdas, Ellen Olenska, Josephine (Jo) March, and Isabel Archer. Read more about famous fictional heroines. These novels feature just a few of the many...
A Classic - Defining the Term or the Concept of...
The definition of a classic can be a hotly debated topic. Depending on what you read, or the experience of the person you question on the topic, you may receive a wide range of answers. So, what is a classic--in the context of books and literature? Discover classics!
Must Read Books If You Like Harry Potter
Harry Potter is an international phenomenon, but what do you do when you've read all of the books in the series? The Harry Potter series is filled with magic and adventure. The novels are about a young boy who attends an academy for young wizards. Here are a few books you may enjoy--if you liked the Harry Potter books. Take a look!
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.
Dante's 9 Circles of Hell
A structural overview for Book 1 (Inferno) of Dante Alighier's Diveine Comedy.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue - Edgar Allan Poe
Read "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe.
'The Old Man and the Sea' Review
The Old Man and the Sea was an enormous success for Ernest Hemingway when it was published in 1952. At first glance, the story appears to be an extremely simple story of an old Cuban fisherman (Santiago), who catches an enormously large fish then loses it again. But, there's much more to the story than that... Read more about The Old Man and the Sea.
The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe
Read "The Pit and the Pendulum," by Edgar Allan Poe.
Take a Break and Read 'The Necklace'
The Necklace is often studied as a short work in world literature. The story is by Guy de Maupassant, and he infused the story with heartache, with the wounds of self-sacrifice--the stuff we can't ever forget or be allowed to let go. And, then, what happens when the hellish torment is over? Here's a story you may not soon forget.
'Heart of Darkness' Quotes
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.
'The Black Cat' - Short Story by Edgar Allan Poe
The Black Cat is a famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Find the complete text here.
William Shakespeare - A History of English...
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'Animal Farm' Quotes
Animal Farm is a famous novel by George Orwell. In this novel, the animals all begin to follow the precepts of Animalism, rise up against the humans, take over the farm, and rename the place: Animal Farm. Here are a few quotes from this famous work!
Myth, Folklore, Legend - Discover
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 Importance of Being Earnest' Quotes
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.
'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 '1984'
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!
Renaissance - A History of English Literature
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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Chapter 10 - Robert...
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
'Oliver Twist' Review
Oliver Twist is a well-known story, but the book is not as widely read as one would imagine. The novel has all the vivid storytelling and unimpeachable literary skill that Dickens brings to all his novels, but there's also a raw, gritty quality.
Mark Twain Quiz
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'Brave New World' Quotes
Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley. 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.
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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.
From 'Pride and Prejudice'
Here are quotes from (and about) Mr. Darcy, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
The Ransom of Red Chief - O. Henry (1862-1910)
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'The Giver' Quotes
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.
'A Doll's House' Quotes
A Doll's House is a famous and controversial play by Henrik Ibsen. Here are a few quotes from A Doll's House.
'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.
'The Picture of Dorian Gray' Quotes
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.
Nouns - An English Grammar - W. M. Baskervill
Read An English Grammar, by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell.
'Pride and Prejudice' Review
Jane Austen is a novelist with an extremely narrow focus that extends, surprisingly, into a wide range of concerns. Her books can be viewed most simply as eerily-good romance novels. Read more about Pride and Prejudice, in this review by John Thornton.
'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.
In Memoriam - Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
(1809-1892) British writer. Famous for poetry like In Memoriam, he was appointed Poet Laureate in 1850. He's one of the most popular poets of the Victorian era. Read "In Memoriam."
2 - Picture of Dorian Gray - Chapter 2 - Oscar...
Read Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
John Steinbeck - List of 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.
Speed Reading
Reading can be fun, but it can also be time-consuming if your speed is not as fast as you'd like it to be. An average reading speed can range from 200 to 350 words per minute, but that rate can vary depending on the material and your reading experience. It's also important to understand what you are reading--even when you improve your speed. Here are a few tips to help you improve your reading speed.
Famous Lines From a BANNED BOOK
The Catcher in the Rye is the famous novel by J.D. Salinger. It is the work for which Salinger is best known. The work has been popular and controversial, and number of the quotes from this book have been cited as evidence of its inappropriate nature. The Catcher in the Rye is often studied in American literature. Here are a few quotes.
Complex Sentences - An English Grammar - W. M....
Read An English Grammar, by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell.
The Man of the Crowd - Edgar Allan Poe
Read "The Man of the Crowd" by Edgar Allan Poe.
April Quotes - What Great Writers Have Said
April showers bring May flowers... but April also brings National Poetry Month, April Fool's Day, Jazz Appreciation Month, and more. What does April mean to you? Here are some quotes...
The City in the Sea - Edgar Allan Poe
Read "The City in the Sea" by Edgar Allan Poe.
Simple Sentences - An English Grammar - W. M....
Read An English Grammar, by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell.
Your Introduction to "The Storm" by Kate Chopin
The Storm was written by Kate Chopin on July 19, 1898. The short story was first published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin in 1969. The story is set in the late nineteenth century at Friedheimer's store in Louisiana, and at the nearby house of Calixta and Bobinôt.
My Heart's in the Highlands - Robert Burns...
Read My Heart's in the Highlands by Robert Burns -- Scotland's greatest poet.
'Moby Dick' Quotes
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...
'Death of a Salesman' Quotes
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.
'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.
My Last Duchess Quiz
Test your knowledge of "My Last Duchess."
The Selfish Giant - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Read The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
Antigone Quiz
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Gabriel García Márquez Biography
Gabriel García Márquez is a famous Latin American writer, known for One Hundred Years of Solitude and many other novels, plays, essays, and other works. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Read more about the life and works of one of the greatest Columbian writers.
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...
'Slaughterhouse-Five' Quotes
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.
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!
'The Story of an Hour' Short Story
The Story of an Hour is a short story by Kate Chopin. The work is one of her most famous short works, partly because of its surprise ending. Here, Chopin explores some of the themes for which she has become so famous. Here's the complete text of The Story of an Hour.
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.
1 - Economy, Walden - Henry David Thoreau...
Read Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). Thoreau is well-known for Walden, along with his other essays.
The Californian's Tale - Mark Twain
Read "The Californian's Tale," by Mark Twain (1835-1910).
Heart of Darkness - Chapter 1 - Joseph Conrad
Read "Heart of Darkness," by Joseph Conrad.
23 - Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)
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'The Jungle' Quotes
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, is full of graphic descriptions of the meat-packing industry. The lines were so moving and troubling that the novel inspired the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Here are quotes from The Jungle.
Act II - Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
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'The Autumn of the Patriarch' Quotes - Gabriel...
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Huckleberry Finn -- What Have Writers Said...
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27 - Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)
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'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?
In an Artist's Studio - Christina Rossetti...
Read "In an Artist's Studio," by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).
'Fahrenheit 451' Quotes
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 Picture of Dorian Gray' Review
Oscar Wilde's only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) is a classic instance of the aestheticism of the late 19th century's English literature... For greater emphasis, Wilde defines the artist as free of ethical sympathies and morbidity. Read more about the novel.
'The Little Match Girl' (or 'Little Matchstick...
The Little Match Girl is a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Take a look at this famous tale.
Act V - Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
Read Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. It's the tale of Cockney Eliza Doolittle, and her transformation.
Looking for quote for 'Of Mice and Men'? --...
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.
At the 'Cadian Ball - Kate Chopin (1851-1904)
Read "At the 'Cadian Ball," by Kate Chopin (1851-1904).
Mary Shelley (1797-1851)
Mary Shelley's first and most important work was Frankenstein, which was finished when she was 19-years-old. The story came out of a holiday that Mary and Percy took in Switzerland with Byron. The writers were all talking about the supernatural one night when Byron proposed that they each should write a ghost story. That night, Mary had a waking nightmare, which eventually developed into the story of Frankenstein and his hideous progeny. Mary Shelley spend under a year writing the book and it was published in 1818. Frankenstein is still considered her greatest work.
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.
Famous First Lines of Novels
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?
'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.
A History of English Literature
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Earth Day Quotes - What Do Famous Writers Say...
Earth Day happens in April every year. Famous writers talk about the Earth, sustainability, nature, and our collective responsibility. Here are a few quotes.
Easter Quotes - What Great Writers Have Said
Easter means something different to many... The religious elements of the holiday remind us of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The secular celebrations center around family and friend, Easter egg hunts, and visits from the Easter Bunny. And, writers have touched upon so much of the secular and religious in their in their poems, stories, essays, and other literary explorations related to the holiday.
Hamlet: A Feminist Argument (2)
Read more about Hamlet and a Feminist Argument, from Steve Henderson. Page 2.
'On the Road' Quotes
On the Road is an autobiographical novel by Jack Kerouac, with a stream of consciousness style. The work is associated with the Beat Generation. Here are a few quotes from On the Road.
'Great Expectations' Review
Great Expectations is one of the most famous and much-loved novels by the great master of Victorian prose, Charles Dickens.
'All Quiet On The Western Front' Quotes
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.
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 Brief Biography of Virginia Woolf
(1882-1941) British writer. Virginia Woolf was born on January 25, 1882, in London. Woolf became one of the most prominent literary figures of the early 20th century, with novels like Mrs. Dalloway (1925), Jacob's Room (1922), To the Lighthouse (1927), and The Waves (1931). Read more about the life and works of Virginia Woolf.
Literature Quotes & Sayings
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.
Questions - Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Frankenstein's presumptuous act of creation, although begun with the best of intentions, is doomed to failure, for man cannot hope to penetrate the secrets of science.
'The Importance of Being Earnest' Review
The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's most well-known and best loved play, as well as being an enormous success in his lifetime. Read more about this comedy of manners, with this review.
The Stranger
The Stranger is a famous novel by Albert Camus, who wrote about existential themes. The story is a first-person narrative, through the eyes of Meursault, an Algerian. Here are a few quotes from The Stranger.
'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.
Medieval Period
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10th (or 11th) Grade Reading List - American...
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.
How To Keep a Reading Log or Book Journal
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.
'Dracula' Quotes
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.
Conjunctions - An English Grammar - W. M....
Read An English Grammar, by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell.
'A Farewell to Arms' Quotes
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.
Androcles - Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables are a collection of beast fables long transmitted through oral tradition.
1 - A History of English Literature
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'The Monkey's Paw' Short Story
The Monkey's Paw is a short story by W.W. Jacobs. Sometimes compared to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the tale is a supernatural tale of a family who discovers the hidden realities of wish fulfillment.
'Things Fall Apart' Quotes
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.
'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.
'Crime and Punishment' Quotes
What happens when a poor man has murderous thoughts? What happens when Raskolnikov feels guilty? Here are some famous quotes from Crime and Punishment.
'Candide' Quotes
Voltaire offers his satirical view of society and nobility in Candide. The novel was published in 1759, and it is often considered the author's most important work--representative of The Enlightenment. Here are a few quotes from Candide.
Unconventional Heroines from Classic Literature
Five unconventional heroines from classic literature are explored.
Madame Bovary Quiz
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'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 Aeneid' Quotes
A poem about a Trojan hero, The Aeneid has been compared with Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Here are a few quotes from Virgil's work that may inspire you!
Love's Philosophy - Percy Bysshe Shelley...
Read Love's Philosophy, by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).
Stream of Consciousness
What is stream of consciousness? Read more about stream of consciousness.
'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.
How to Tell a Story - Mark Twain
Read "How to tell a story," by Mark Twain (1835-1910).

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