Paradise Lost

"Paradise Lost" is an epic poem written by the English poet John Milton and first published 1667. The first version of the poem was made up of ten books and over ten thousand lines of verse. A later edition organized the poem into twelve books. The book is considered by many scholars to be Milton's best work and solidifies his place as one of the greatest English poets of all … [Read more...]

The Grapes of Wrath

"The Grapes of Wrath" is a classic novel by the American author John Steinbeck originally published in 1939. The book became a huge topic of discussion in the country at the time and was both hated and loved by Americans. It was the best-selling book in the country the year it was released and over a quarter of a million copies were printed within that year. In February of 1940, it … [Read more...]

Memoirs of a Geisha

Published in 1997, Memoirs of a Geisha is the story of a nine-year-old girl who grows up to be the most famous geisha in her time. Chiyo was the second daughter of a fisherman's. Her father was very old and her mother was his second wife. When their mother became deathly ill, their father knew he could not take care of his daughters. A wealthy neighbor offers to help with his … [Read more...]

Death of a Salesman

Written in 1948 in one day shortly after moving into his studio in Roxbury, Connecticut, Death of a Salesman became one of Arthur Miller's most famous works. The story of a middle-aged salesman who is facing a mid-life crisis, and on a downward slide to suicide. He is haunted by the ghosts of his past mistakes. As Willy Loman's sanity fades the apparition of his dead brother, who he … [Read more...]

The Sun Also Rises

"The Sun Also Rises" is a 1926 novel written by the famed American author Ernest Hemingway. The novel's main theme is that of the "Lost Generation" or the generation of young men that were seen to be irrevocably damaged by World War I and Hemingway's assertion that they were not as decadent and dissolute as was commonly thought. The novel was well received by the public and is seen as … [Read more...]

The Chrysalids

"The Chrysalids" is a science fiction novel written by John Wyndham and published in 1955. The book was given mixed reviews with some lauding it for its originality and other's finding it too hard to believe. In 1970, the novel was adapted into a radio serial for the BBC. The novel revolves around a young boy named David Storm, who lives in a future dystopian society called Waknuk … [Read more...]

The Pale King

The Pale King was published posthumously in 2011. The book was an unfinished novel written by David Foster Wallace and found by his wife after his death. The book is haphazard, as is Wallace's style. He worked on it for over a decade. Most of the stories follow the employees of the Internal Revenue Service in Peoria, Illinois in the year 1985. The "author" is one of the fictional … [Read more...]

Grendel

Published in 1971 by the American author, John Gardner, Grendel is a powerful novel using the voice of the monster in Beowulf, an Old English epic poem. In the way of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley and The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, the monster is lonely and questioning his existence. These writers used monsters to make readers examine what it means to be human. Grendel … [Read more...]

A Clockwork Orange

"A Clockwork Orange" is a dystopian future novel written by Anthony Burgess and published in 1962. The book was successful in part due to its fascinating usage of a slang developed by Burgess that combines English Cockney rhyming slang, modified Slavic words and many words that Burgess made up himself. The slang is referred to as ' The slang is referred to as "Nasdat" in the book and … [Read more...]

All Quiet on the Western Front

"All Quiet on the Western Front" is a novel by the German author Erich Maria Remarque. Originally published in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung in November and December of 1928, the story was collected into a novel and published in January 1929. In its first 18 months of print alone, the book sold 2.5 million copies and was published in 22 different languages. The book's … [Read more...]