Maus: A Survivor’s Tale Part One

"Maus: A Survivor's Tale Part One - My Father Bleeds History" is the first in a two-part graphic novel series that was written by Art Spiegelman. The comic was originally published in monthly comic strips in the magazine Raw from December 1980 to 1991 when the magazine was disbanded. Every chapter but the last one was published in the magazine. After the series was finished, … [Read more...]

Pygmalion

"Pygmalion", a play by George Bernard Shaw was first presented on the stage in 1913. The play is about a young cockney flower girl that is transformed into a lady by the phonetics professor Henry Higgins. Eliza Doolittle wants to improve her life and social standing, so when she overhears two gentlemen challenging each other about the importance of dialect in the social standing of … [Read more...]

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

"Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented" is the title of an 1891 novel by the English author Thomas Hardy. The novel was originally published in serial form by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic the year before it's official release in 1892. The book was well received by the public and became a literary classic. In 1897, just 6 years after it's original … [Read more...]

The Bell Jar

"The Bell Jar" is a novel written by the American poet Sylvia Plath and published in 1963. Plath originally published the story under the pen name Victoria Lucas. However, after her death a month after it's publishing, the novel was reissued under her real name. "The Bell Jar" is the only novel written by Plath, who was famous for her poetry and the novel is generally thought to be … [Read more...]

The Handmaid’s Tale

"The Handmaid's Tale" was published in 1985 by Margaret Atwood. It is a dystopian novel and a work of speculative fiction. The story is set in an alternate time. The United States of America has fallen under a military dictatorship. The country is called the Republic of Gilead. The change begins with a staged terrorist attack that kills the President and Congress. Then the Constitution … [Read more...]

Rip Van Winkle

"Rip Van Winkle" is a short story written by the American author Washington Irving and published in 1819. The story was originally published as part of a collection called "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent". The story was written while Irving was living in Birmingham, England. The story was one of the biggest successes of the collection and has since been adapted into plays, … [Read more...]

The Jungle

"The Jungle" is a novel published in 1906 by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair. Sinclair was a journalist whose main object was typical to expose corruption by government and businesses. In writing "The Jungle" he aimed to produce a novel that exposed the harsh working conditions of immigrants in Chicago during the early 20th century. He spent seven weeks working … [Read more...]

The House of the Seven Gables

"The House of the Seven Gables" is a Gothic novel written by the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1851. The book was inspired by a gabled house in the town of Salem, Massachusetts that belonged to Hawthorne's cousin, Susanna Ingersoll and by Hawthorne's own knowledge of the part that his ancestors played in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The book saw quick success … [Read more...]

The Last Days of Socrates

"The Last Days of Socrates" is a book on the philosophical discussions between Socrates and Plato. It is divided into four sections: "Euthyphro", "The Apology", "Crito", and "Phaedo". Socrates never recorded any of his teachings, so after his conviction and forced suicide, his student, Plato, who was a renown poet in his time, wrote Socrates' words out in the way he had heard them when … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged

"Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957 by Ayn Rand. It is her fourth and last novel. She considered it to be her magnum opus. It contains romance, science fiction, and mystery. The book also promotes Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. The book is a dystopian story set in the United States. The industrialists reach a point where the tight regulations and taxes imposed by the government … [Read more...]