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A Quick Guide to The School for Scandal
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 1 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 129. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The School for Scandal” written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan was first enacted on 8th of March, 1777, in London at Drury Lane Theatre.
A Quick Guide to Cecilia
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 2 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 130. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The novel “Cecilia” by Frances Burney is subtitled “Memoirs of an Heiress.” It was first published in the year 1782. The story of the novel is set in 1779.
A Quick Guide to “The Wanderer”
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 3 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 131. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Wanderer” is also titled “Female Difficulties.” It was published in the month of March in the year 1814 by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown.
A Quick Guide to "Nights at the Circus"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 4 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 132. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story of the novel revolves around the life and exploits of Sophie Fevvers. She would have people believe that she was a Cockney virgin, or perhaps so she was. She was said to be been hatched from an egg laid by unknown parents and ready to develop fully fledged wings.
A Quick Guide to “An Inspector Calls”
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 5 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 133. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,830. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
It is a three-act play, and the entire action takes just one night in the year 1912. The Birling family happens to be the focus of the play, and it revolves around them. They are a rich middle-class family. The Birlings live in a luxurious and comfortable house in Brumley, a big industrial city in the north Midlands.
A Quick Guide to “Anna Karenina”
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 6 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 134. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
“Anna Karenina” is considered and regarded as one of the best realistic fiction ever written. Even Tolstoy said that “Anna Karenina” was his first true novel, and he added that “War and Peace” was more than a novel.
A Quick Guide to "Bel Canto"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 7 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 135. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
In Italian language “Bel Canto” means “beautiful singing.” There are various other similar constructions in Italian. Bel Canto happens to be an Italian opera term. There are several different meanings and it can be interpreted differently according to the situations it has been used in.
A Quick Guide to "On the Road"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 8 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 136. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The novel is based on the personal experiences of the author and his friends who traveled across America. “On the Road” is often regarded as a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation. The protagonists of the novel live life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and use of drug. They happen to be like wandering hippies.
A Quick Guide to "The Beggar's Opera"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 9 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 137. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,480. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Beggar Opera” is said to have had the longest run in theater history up to that time. It is said to be Gay’s greatest success and it has been played ever since its first performance.
A Quick Guide to "Agnes Grey"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 10 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 138. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story revolves around the title character, Agnes Grey, who happens to be a governess. This nurse works in many bourgeois families. The story details her experiences, and the behaviour meted out to her by the people she knows.
A Quick Guide to "The Good Soldier"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 11 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 139. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The book is set in the time period just before the First World War. The story revolves around the tragedy of Edward Ashburnham. The story chronicles the events which occur in the life of that soldier.
A Quick Guide to "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 12 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 140. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story of the novel revolves around two youths from city. They are sent to a mountain village to be re-educated while the Cultural Revolution in China was going on.
A Quick Guide to "She"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 13 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 141. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,180. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“She” by Sir H. R. Haggard is subtitled “A History of Adventure.” The novel was first published as a series in The Graphic magazine from October 1886 to January 1887.
A Quick Guide to "The Return of the Native"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 14 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 142. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Return of the Native” by Thomas Hardy was first published in installments, from January to December 1878 in the magazine called Belgravia.
A Quick Guide to "Brave New World"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 15 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 143. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,390. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley was first published in the year 1932. The story of the novel is set in remote future, in AD 2540, in London.
A Quick Guide to “Atonement”
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 16 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 144. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story revolves around a young girl. She makes a mistaken accusation but as she grows up she realizes her mistake and regrets, desiring atonement. This experience takes that girl into an exploration of the nature of writing for this purpose.
A Quick Guide to "Women In Love"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 17 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 145. Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story revolves around the conflicting loves and lives of Gudrun and Ursula, the Brangwen sisters. Gudrun happens to be an artist. She has a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich, who happens to be an industrialist.
A Quick Guide to "All But My Life"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 18 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 146. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“All But My Life” by Gerda Weissmann Kllein was first published in 1957. It happens to be the memoir of her experiences during the Second World War. The time period described in the memoir is from September 3 1939 to September 1945.
A Quick Guide to "Anthem"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 19 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 147. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Anthem” by Ayn Rand was first published in England in 1938. It is a dystopian fiction novella. Rand had written the book in 1937.
A Quick Guide to "The Adventures of Augie March"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 20 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 148. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story revolves around the title character Augie March, who carries eponymous name. Augie grows up during the Great Depression. The novel “The Adventures of Augie March” is a perfect example of Bildungsroman. The novel traces the progress and development of an individual character through a series of encounters, professions and relationships from childhood to adulthood.
A Quick Guide to "Gaudy Night"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 21 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 149. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Gaudy Night” by Dorothy L. Sayers was first published in 1935. It is a mystery novel. It is the tenth book in the author’s popular series about aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey.
A Quick Guide to "The Last Man"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 22 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 150. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Last Man” by Mary Shelley was first published in 1826. It is an apocalyptic science fiction novel. The story is set in a world in future. The future world has been ravaged by a plague. The story basically describes the fate of the human generation in future.
A Quick Guide to "Thrones, Dominations"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 23 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 151. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Thrones, Dominations” by D. L. Sayers is a mystery novel. It is also one of the series of the novel which present detective Lord Peter Wimsey as the central figure.
A Quick Guide to "The Thirteenth Tale"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 24 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 152. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Thirteenth Tale” by Dane Setterfield was published in 2006. It is a Gothic suspense novel. It is the first published book written by Dane Setterfield.
A Quick Guide to "Bridge to Terabithia"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 25 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 154. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
This is only a guide book for the students and teachers of English Literature. This treatise includes introduction to the book, its history and background, characters, summary, and critical analysis. It does not contain the original text of the novel. “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson was first published in 1977 by Thomas Crowell.
A Quick Guide to "Mrs. Dalloway"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 26 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 159. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf was first published on 14th of May 1925. It is one of the most prominent works of Virginia Woolf.
A Quick Guide to "Murder in the Cathedral"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 27 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 160. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Plays » Religious & Liturgical
“Murder in the Cathedral” by T. S. Eliot was first performed in 1935. It is a verse drama that presents the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.
A Quick Guide to "The Playboy of the Western World"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 28 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 162. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,870. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Playboy of the Western World” by Irish playwright John Millington Synge is a three-act play. The play was first performed on 26th of January, in 1907, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. The play is set in Michael James Flaherty’s public house in County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland, during the early 1900s.
A Quick Guide to "Brokeback Mountain"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 29 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 163. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
“Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx is a short story. This story was first published in The New Yorker on 13th October, 1997. It was subsequently published in its expanded version in Proulx’s 1999 collection of short stories, “Close Range: Wyoming Stories.”
A Quick Guide to "Carrion Comfort"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 30 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 165. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The story of the novel focuses on a small fraction of humanity that has got immense psychic powers. The people of that fraction call those powers “The Ability.”
A Quick Guide to "The Stranger"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 31 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 169. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The central theme of the novel is existentialism. The story revolves around the central character Meursault, an Algerian. He happens to be a French citizen who lives in North Africa. He is a man of the Mediterranean, though he hardly partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture.
Literature Help: "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 32 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 173. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,740. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story is set in the war zone. Jordan, the central character, is on an assignment to blow a bridge, working with the guerrilla fighters. During the course of events, he comes across Maria, a guerrilla fighter, whose parents had been killed by the Fascist soldiers and she had been raped by a group of soldiers.
A Quick Guide to "The Birthday Party"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 33 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 183. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,460. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
"The Birthday Party" is set in a boardinghouse. The play is focused mainly on Stanley, the only boarder at the boarding house. Petey, the owner of the boardinghouse, and Meg, his wife, seem to be very complacent with their life and their boarder.
Literature Help: "Gone with the Wind"
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 174 · A Quick Guide, Book 34. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
Scarlett O’Hara happens to be the spoiled daughter of a rich plantation owner. The story presents her experiences. She uses every means which she has to come out of the poverty which she finds herself in after Sherman’s “March to the Sea.”
Literature Help: The Moon by Night
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 175 · A Quick Guide, Book 35. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,590. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
"The Moon by Night" by Madeleine L’Engle is a young adult novel. The story revolves around Vicky and her family, the Austins. Zachary and Vicky come close to each other, however, there is a conflict of thoughts between the two.
Literature Help: Light In August
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 176 · A Quick Guide, Book 36. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story is set in the writers’ present day. It happens to be the interwar period. The story revolves around two strangers who visit Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, at different times. It is a fictional county which is based on Faulkner’s home, Lafayette County, Mississippi.
Literature Help: Blood Wedding
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 178 · A Quick Guide, Book 37. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,710. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
It is often said that the play "Blood Wedding" is inspired by a real life incident. The author, Lorca, is said to have read about a sensational crime in the Madrid daily ABC in 1928. Almost similar incident is presented in the play, with the help of several fictionalized other events.
Literature Help: If I Were You
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 180 · A Quick Guide, Book 38. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
"If I Were You" revolves around an unhappy married couple, Mal and Jill. They are provided a chance to understand each other by discovering, quite literally, what either of them would do “If I were you.” In fact, the play provides them a chance to swap their bodies for some time.
Literature Help: Lady Windermere's Fan
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 181 · A Quick Guide, Book 39. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story revolves around the title character, Lady Windermere. She comes to know that her husband may be having an affair with another woman. Lady Windermere decides to confront her husband and so she does, but instead of feeling guilty or ashamed her husband invites the other woman, Mrs. Erlynne, to his wife’s birthday ball.
Literature Help: The Zoo Story
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 40 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 182. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Zoo Story” is focused on a conversation between Peter and Jerry. Peter is a middle class publishing executive, and Jerry is an eccentric transient. Peter and Jerry talk cordially in Central Park. However, as the conversation progresses, it slowly descends into violence.
Literature Help: Blindness
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 41 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 184. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Blindness” is set in an unnamed city in an unnamed country. The story describes the sudden attack of an epidemic that strikes the people of the city and makes them blind. The disease spreads rapidly and soon the entire city goes blind, except for the doctor’s wife.
A Quick Guide to "The Idiot"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 42 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 185. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The novel "The Idiot" revolves around the central character Prince Myshkin. He is very innocent and naive, but he happens to arrive in St. Petersburg society which teems with morally corrupt and deceptive people.
A Quick Guide to “The Little Prince”
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 43 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 186. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,610. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
The novella “The Little Prince” is said to be the most read and most translated novel in the French language. “The Little Prince” was voted the best book of the twentieth century in France. The book has been translated into more than two hundred and fifty languages and dialects. It has also been written in Braille.
A Quick Guide to "A Burnt-Out Case"
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 44 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 189. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“A Burnt-Out Case” is, in fact, a study of a man who happens to have burnt out on life in a metaphorical sense. The man in the discussion is Querry, an internationally famous architect. He grows disillusioned with his talent, his name and fame, and his love life.
Literature Help: Mourning Becomes Electra
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 45 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 190. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Mourning Becomes Electra” retells the story of Oresteia by Aeschylus. The Greek tragedy has been masterly transformed into this modern play. The play revolves around murder, adultery, incestuous love and revenge, and a group of town dwellers who serve the purpose of Greek chorus.
Literature Help: Uncle Vanya
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 212 · A Quick Guide, Book 46. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The play revolves around a family consisting of an elderly professor and his glamorous young wife, Yelena, who happens to be much younger than the professor. They visit the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. Before that the husband and wife had been living in city.
Literature Help: The Master Builder
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 213 · A Quick Guide, Book 47. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Master Builder” was titled “Bygmester Solness” in Norwegian language. The play was first published in the month of December in 1892. It is said to be one of the most important and revealing works ever produced by Henrik Ibsen.
Literature Help: Cousin Bette
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 214 · A Quick Guide, Book 48. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,680. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story of the novel is set in mid 19th century Paris. The story revolves around an unmarried middle-aged woman. She has an extended family, but she is the one who plans the destruction of her family.
Literature Help: Death in Venice
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 215 · A Quick Guide, Book 49. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
Aschenbach, a German writer, travels to Venice to get a change of scene, for he has a writer’s block and he is desperately in need of inspiration. He happens to be a self-disciplined, respected, and successful writer who pays a lot of importance to purity of art and aestheticism.
Literature Help: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 216 · A Quick Guide, Book 50. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story revolves around young Stephen Dedalus. It is believed that the character of Stephen Dedalus is a fictional alter ego of James Joyce and it is an allusion to Daedalus, who is believed to be the consummate craftsman of Greek Mythology.
Literature Help: Private Lives
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 217 · A Quick Guide, Book 51. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The play revolves around a divorced couple. They happen to be on honeymoon with their new spouses. It happens to be coincident that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel, and they come to know about it.
Literature Help: Lolita
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 218 · A Quick Guide, Book 52. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,440. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
Professor Humbert Humbert, about 38 years old, is the protagonist and unreliable narrator of the novel. He is obsessed with the 12 year old Dolores Haze. The professor becomes sexually involved with that girl after he becomes her stepfather. The private name of Dolores is “Lolita.”
Literature Help: The Wind In the Willows
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 219 · A Quick Guide, Book 53. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Wind In the Willows” is undoubtedly a very popular book. Actually, it is two separate books put into one. On one hand there are the chapters which describe the adventures of Toad and on the other hand there are those chapters which explore human emotions such as fear, nostalgia, awe, wanderlust.
Literature Help: Mosquitoes
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 220 · A Quick Guide, Book 54. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
It is a satiric novel. “Mosquitoes” is William Faulkner’s second published novel. It is often said that the author wrote the novel while he was living in Paris, however, there is another opinion that he wrote the novel in Pascagoula, Mississippi in the summer of 1926. A unique writing style keeps readers amused throughout the novel.
Literature Help: Sanctuary
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Series: Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 221 · A Quick Guide, Book 55. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Sanctuary” by William Faulkner was first published in 1931. It was his first highly successful novel that brought him name and fame. The novel is often regarded as one of Faulkner’s most controversial novel, because it is based on the theme of rape.
Literature Help: The Sound and the Fury
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 56 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 223. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner was first published in 1929. It was the fourth novel written by William Faulkner. This novel is known for a number of narrative styles which the author has employed. The literary technique known as stream of consciousness is also noticeable in the novel.
Literature Help: Pale Fire
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 57 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 222. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Pale Fire” by Vladimir Nabokov was first published in 1962. It is a postmodern novel. In the opening of the novel there is a 999 line poem which is titled “Pale Fire” written by the fictional John Shade. There is a lengthy forward and long commentary by a neighbour and academic colleague of John Shade. The name of the colleague is Charles Kinbote.
Literature Help: The Pearl
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 58 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 224. Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 4,830. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Pearl” by John Steinbeck was first published in 1947. This beautiful novella revolves around a pearl diver named Kino. The story very descriptively explores man’s nature as well as greed and evil. It is assumed that the story was inspired by a Mexican folk tale from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Literature Help: True at First Light
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 59 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 228. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
In “True at First Light” Hemingway describes conflict within a marriage and the conflict between the European and native African cultures. He also describes the fear that a writer faces when he finds it impossible to continue with his work.
Literature Help: The Secret Agent
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Series: A Quick Guide, Book 60 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 229. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale” by Joseph Conrad was first published in 1907. The novel is focused upon the life of Mr. Verloc and his job as a spy. The story is set in London in 1886. Most of the novels written by Joseph Conrad tell his typical tales of seafaring, but “The Secret Agent” is one of Conrad’s later political novels.
Literature Help: Love Medicine
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The novel “Love Medicine” opens with the scene of a death. June Morrissey freezes to death while she happens to be on her way home to the reservation. June dies as the novel opens; her figure continues to hold the novel together.
Literature Companion: All Quiet On the Western Front
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The story explores the mental trauma and changes in behavior shown by the soldiers who have come back from the war. “All Quiet On the Western Front” was first published in the German newspaper Vissische Zeitung in the year 1928. After one year it was published in the book form.
Literature Companion: War and Peace
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“War and Peace” by one of the most famous and respected Russian authors, Leo Tolstoy, was first published in 1869. It is an epic novel and often considered to be one of the most significant works of world literature.
Literature Companion: The Death of Ivan Ilyich
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The story revolves around the death of the title character Ilyich Golovin. He dies at the age of 45. Ilyich happens to be a high-court judge in the 19th century Russia. On the surface it appears that he is living a very good life, but he has very strained relationship with his wife.
Literature Companion: The Red and the Black
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The protagonist of the novel, Julien Sorel, is an intelligent and ambitious man from a poor family, a carpenter’s son. He has very high ambitions, but he does not understand the ways of the world, yet he wants to conquer it. He wants to rise high in his life.
Literature Companion: Zeitoun
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The story is about a Syrian-American Muslim, Abdulrahman Zeitoun. He was born and brought up in Syria. He worked for a few years as an apprentice in Jableh, the port city in Syria. After that he worked for twenty years as a muscleman, engineer, and fisherman.
Literature Companion: The Revenger's Tragedy
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The play presents a vivid and frequently violent picture of lust and ambition in an Italian court. The tone of the play is satiric and cynicism of Jacobean tragedy is quite noticeable.
Literature Companion: Waiting for Lefty
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The entire play revolves around the meeting of cab drivers who happen to be planning a labor strike. Through the dramatic device of framing, the playwright makes the audience a part of the meeting.
Literature Companion: The White Devil
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“The White Devil” by English playwright John Webster first premiered in 1612. The play’s premier proved to be a complete failure, very talked about notorious failure. It is a revenge tragedy, which according to Webster was not appreciated by an unreceptive audience in the dead of winter when it first premiered.
Literature Help: Weep Not, Child
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The book has been specifically written to describe the Mau Mau Uprising in Africa. The novel also describes how an entire people had to face the astonishing dispossession of their ancestral land.
Literature Help: Bastard Out of Carolina
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It is a semi-autobiographical novel. The story is set in the author’s hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. Ruth Anne “Bone” Boatwright is the narrator of the story. The story revolves around the central character and narrator, Bone, beginning with a conflict between Bone and Glen, her mother’s husband.
Literature Companion: Purple Hibiscus
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The novel explores the corruption and religious fundamentalism that gripped the author’s native country. The story is told from the point of view of a child. Through the lives of several characters, the author describes the wave of bloody coups and corrupt military rule that is the part of the Nigerian politics.
Literature Help: Flight
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“Flight” is written from the perspective of a first person. It has conversational tone. The inclusion of humor and abrupt confrontation makes the story more interesting and meaningful. Taking its momentum from the historical events, the story moves from present to past and then back to present, exploring the relations between Native Americans and European Americans.
Literature Companion: The House of the Spirits
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There is an interesting story behind the conception of the novel. It is said that Isabel Allende got the news that her one hundred year-old grandfather was dying. She started writing a letter to her grandfather. This very letter, eventually, became manuscript of “The House of the Spirits.”
Literature Help: In the Time of the Butterflies
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The main story is about the lives of the Mirabal sister, but along with their stories a fictionalized account of the revolutionary activity is also present in the book. Besides the Mirabal sisters, the story also tells about their families and compatriots in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo regime.
Literature Help: The Handmaid's Tale
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The story is set in the near future. The place was formerly the United States of America, but now it is called the Republic of Gilead. It happens to be a theocratic military dictatorship. The Republic lies within the borders of what was formerly the US. As the book opens, an organized terrorist attack takes place. The Islamic extremist terrorists are blamed for the attack.
Literature Companion: White Noise
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“White Noise” by Don DeLillo was first published in the year 1985. It was the eighth novel published by the author. The book received the U. S. National Book Award for Fiction in the year of its publication.
Literature Companion: Like Water for Chocolate
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The story of the novel revolves around a young girl named Tita. Pedro is her lover, but she continues to long her entire life to marry him. Unfortunately, they are never married because Tita’s mother upholds the family tradition of the youngest daughter not marrying but taking care of her mother until the mother passes away.
Literature Help: A View from the Bridge
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“A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller is a two-act play. It was first staged on 29th of September, 1955, as a one-act verse drama on Broadway. The play failed miserably, and consequently Miller revised the play and rewrote in two acts. It was highly successful and became very popular in a short period of time.
Literature Help: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas
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It is a highly successful novel, admired by both critics and readers. Around seven million copies are said to have been sold up to this day around the world. Bruno, the central character of the novel, becomes a victim by the end of the novel, whereas his family was the participant in the horror and atrocities of the Holocaust.
Literature Companion: The Good Woman of Setzuan
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The story of the play revolves around a young prostitute named Shen Teh. She struggles hard to live a life that is moral and good. She does not want to be abused and trod upon by those people who would accept and abuse her goodness.
Literature Help: Silence
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The Jesuit missionary is sent to Japan in the seventeenth century. The Christians had to remain hidden during that period. It was the time of persecution and the missionary had to endure the persecution.
Literature Help: The History Boys
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The story of the play presents the struggle of the students to get access into a top-tier university. The play poses several questions about the purpose of education and the methods of teachings students.
Literature Help: Esperanza Rising
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The plight of the Mexican farm workers is the main subject of the novel. It describes how these Mexican farm workers struggled to adapt and survive in the United States.
Literature Help: The Collector
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The novel is based on the fundamental theme of the Few and the Many. Greek philosopher Heracleitus had first introduced this theme in Greek literature. Fowles was highly inspired by Heracleitus’s work.