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Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School

by Kevin Smokler

What do the great books of your youth have to say about your life now? Remember reading Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school? How about Slaughterhouse-Five and Pride and Prejudice? Would you...


On Native Grounds: An Interpretation Of Modern American Prose Literature

by Alfred Kazin

A classic interpretation of literature from America's golden age-including the work of Howells, Wharton, Lewis, Cather, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. New Preface by the Author; Index.


CliffsNotes on Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

by Tamara Castleman

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries...


CliffsNotes on Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Durthy A. Washington

With help from CliffsNotes on Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, you explore the first book-length narrative by an ex-slave that reveals the unique brutalities inflicted on enslaved African women in the...


CliffsNotes on Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Robert Bruce

In CliffsNotes on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, you follow the Mississippi River adventures of Mark Twain's mischief-making protagonist Huck Finn and the runaway slave Jim.


CliffsNotes on Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer

by Daniel Moran

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries...


CliffsNotes on Austen's Emma

by Thomas J Rountree

CliffsNotes on Emma explores a satiric novel that stabs at manners and social classes, all the while delivering entertainment in a mild comic tone and sharing a lesson for the moralist.


CliffsNotes on Stoker's Dracula

by Samuel J Umland

CliffsNotes on Dracula digs into the story of a count who survives by sipping the blood from living (and unsuspecting) donors.


CliffsNotes on Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by James L Roberts

CliffsNotes on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the double life of a man whose persona swings from honorable and distinguished to repugnant and repulsive.


CliffsNotes on Heller's Catch-22

by Charles A Peek

CliffsNotes on Catch-22 takes you into this unforgettable novel that is full of satire, exaggeration, grotesque and comic caricatures, and telling allusions. Heller’s main characters are two Jewish boys from...


CliffsNotes on Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

by James L Roberts

Join Chaucer's band of pilgrims on their journey in CliffsNotes on The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer's narrators represent a wide spectrum of society with various ranks and occupations. From the distinguished and...


CliffsNotes on Rand's Anthem

by Andrew Bernstein

CliffsNotes on Anthem is an excellent introduction to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of human nature. The novella’s theme and central conflict – the individual versus the collective – is an important element...


CliffsNotes on Virgil's Aeneid

by Richard McDougall & Suzanne Pavlos

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries...


Steal Away: Selected and New Poems

by C.D. Wright

"Wright proves herself to be one of the most complex and fascinating poets writing today." -Library Journal


Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece

by Michael Gorra

A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel. Henry James (1843–1916) has had many biographers, but Michael Gorra has taken an original approach to this great...


Melville "Among the Nations": Proceedings of an International Conference, Volos, Greece, July 2-6, 2020

by Sanford E Marovitz

the world met in Volos, Greece, to discuss the work of American writer and international traveler Herman Melville. Offering insights into Melville the man and Melville the artist, the papers presented at this...


Literary Mischief: Sakaguchi Ango, Culture, and the War

by James Dorsey, Douglas Slaymaker & Ogino Anna

Literary Mischief brings renewed focus to the work of Sakaguchi Ango one of the most creative and stimulating thinkers of postwar Japan. The essays and translations included get at the heart of the most volatile...


A Political Companion to Saul Bellow

by Gloria L. Cronin & Lee Trepanier

Saul Bellow is one of the twentieth century's most influential, respected, and honored writers. His novels The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet won the National Book Award, and Humboldt's...


The Secret Rose: Love Poems by W.B. Yeats

by Norman A. Jeffares

Offers a glimpse of all Yeats' styles-beginning with his youthful romantic idealism and ending with his more outspoken, sardonic treatment of sexuality.


Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England

by William H. Sherman

Based on a survey of early printed books, Used Books describes what readers wrote in and around their books and what we can learn from these marks by using the tools of archaeologists as well as historians and...