Quick Guides to Novels and Plays

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Quick Guide: Sylvie and Bruno
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 1 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Sylvie and Bruno” revolves around two main plots. One of the plots is set in the real world, and the time is of the Victorian era when the book was published. The second plot is set in the fantasy world of Fairyland.
Quick Guide: Adam Bede
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 2 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Adam Bede” was the first novel written by George Eliot. Actually, George Eliot is the pen name of Mary Ann Evans. The book was first published in 1859. The first edition of the book was published pseudonymously, although Mary Ann Evans was already well published author and an extremely respected scholar of her time.
Quick Guide: Silas Marner
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 3 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
Although the story is focused on Silas, an individual, the role of the society is also significant. The theme of the individual versus the community is quite significant in the novel. Silas is the title character, but the story is very much about the community of Raveloe in which Silas lives.
Quick Guide: Casino Royale
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 4 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 8. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
Ian Fleming is known for his James Bond novels. He is one of the most widely read novelists in the young world. “Casino Royale” was the first novel written by Ian Fleming. With the success of this novel, he went on to write further eleven novels and two short story collections.
Quick Guide: Goldfinger
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 5 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 9. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Goldfinger” by Ian Fleming was first published in England on 23rd of March 1950. It was published by Jonathan Cape. It was the seventh novel written by Fleming in James Bond series.
Quick Guide: The Beach
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 6 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 10. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story is highly inspired by the earlier literary works such as “Heart of Darkness” and “Lord of the Flies.” The story revolves around the adventures of a young Englishman who happens to be in search of a legendary, idyllic beach that is untouched by tourism.
Quick Guide: Mary Barton
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 7 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 11. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,530. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The novel is subtitled “A Tale of Manchester Life.” Though the book was first published anonymously, it came to be known widely that Elizabeth Gaskell was the author of the book.
Quick Guide: The Birthmark
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 8 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 12. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,930. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a highly romantic short story. The story every masterly explores obsession with human perfection.
Quick Guide: Black Like Me
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 9 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 13. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,780. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The protagonist and the narrator of the book, John Howard Griffin, is a middle aged white man. He lives in Mansfield, Texas in 1959.
Quick Guide: The Power and the Glory
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 10 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 14. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The title of the novel is an allusion to the doxology which is often used to end the Lord’s Prayer: "For thine is the kingdom, (and) the power, and the glory, now and forever (or forever and ever), amen."
Quick Guide: King Solomon's Mines
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 11 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 15. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story revolves around a group of explorers and adventurers who were searching an unexplored region of Africa. Allan Quatermain was the leader of the group. They were searching that region for the missing brother of one of the party.
Quick Guide: The Portrait of a Lady
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 12 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 16. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story of the novel revolves around the central character Isabel Archer, a spirited young American woman. As the story progresses, she affronts her destiny and finds it overwhelming.
Quick Guide: Cover Her Face
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 13 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 17. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Cover Her Face” was the first novel written by P. D. James. It is a crime novel. The book was first published in 1962.
Quick Guide: Sons and Lovers
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 14 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 18. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,690. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Sons and Lovers” is considered as one of the best novels written by D. H. Lawrence. The book was first published in 1913.
Quick Guide: Nightmare Abbey
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 15 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 19. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Nightmare Abby” by Thomas Love Peacock was first published in November 1818. It was the third of his novels to be published.
Quick Guide: The Italian
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 16 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 20. Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Italian” By Ann Radcliffe is subtitled “The Confessional of the Black Penitents.” It was first published in 1797. It is a gothic novel, the last one that Ann Radcliffe published during her lifetime. Her other novel “Gaston de Blondeville” was published posthumously in 1846.
Quick Guide: The Book of Margery Kempe
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 17 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 153. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“The Book of Margery Kempe” is said to have been originally written sometimes in the 15th century in English. It is one of the earliest autobiographies written in English.
Quick Guide: Vanity Fair
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 18 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 155. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,610. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Vanity Fair” by William Makepeace Thackeray was first published in 1848. It happens to be a novel without a hero. The book satirizes the society in early 19th century Britain.
Quick Guide: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 19 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 157. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams is a Four Act play. It was first enacted in 1955. The play was produced by the Playwrights’ Company. It is known as one of the best known plays written by Tennessee Williams, and it is also said to be the author’s favourite.
Quick Guide: Orlando
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 20 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 161. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,730. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Orlando” by Virginia Woolf is subtitled “A Biography.” It was first published on 11th of October in 1928. It happens to be a semi-biographical novel. The story is based in part on the life of Virginia Woolf’s lover Vita Sackville West.
Quick Guide: Blade Runner
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 21 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 164. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The story is loosely based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” which was written by Philip K. Dick. The screenplay of the film was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples.
Quick Guide: Major Barbara
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 22 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 166. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
The play revolves around the title character Major Barbara, who happens to be an officer of the Salvation Army. Her full name is Major Barbara Undershaft.
Quick Guide: Death Be Not Proud
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 23 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 168. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » College Guides
The story of the book revolves around struggle of Gunther’s teenage son who was suffering from a brain tumor. It records the boys struggle to overcome the tumor, and his death at the age of seventeen.
Quick Guide: Number the Stars
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 25 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 177. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry one of the most highly acclaimed historical novels. The story is set during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. The German forces have occupied Denmark for three years. Like in other neighboring countries, they have started hunting the Jews in Denmark, their businesses are being closed.
Quick Guide: Woman In Mind
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 26 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 179. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Woman In Mind” by Alan Ayckbourn is definitely one of the best plays written by him. It was his 32nd play. It is uniquely original play that deals with a subject matter that is not very common. The play has two settings: a real world and an imaginary world.
Quick Guide: Regeneration
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 27 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 225. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
Pat Barker, the author, has quite skillfully presented the issues through highly emphatic characters in the novel. The story revolves around a few significant characters, particularly, Dr. Rivers, a psychiatrist who attends the soldiers who have suffered several kinds of mental problems during the war.
Quick Guide: Inherit the Wind
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 28 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 226. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,480. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The play is set in a very small town of Hillsboro. Most of the people know each other there. They go to the same church and have same beliefs. When Bert Cates is jailed, they gather together to condemn him. They don’t like a person who gives a different opinion from their’s.
Quick Guide: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 29 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 227. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
A layman or a casual reader may not find it easy to follow the story because the narration is not chronological and the narrator V. frequently digresses from the main story.
Quick Guide: Three Cups of Tea
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 30 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 234. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,860. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The book describes one man's efforts in trouble-torn Pakistan and Afghanistan. It describes how he changed from a mountaineer and became a social worker. He started building schools for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Quick Guide: Poor Folk
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 31 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 237. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
Dostoyevsky was greatly inspired by the works of other famous writers such as Pushkin, Gogol, and Karamzin. The English and French writers inspired him too.
Quick Guide: Therese Raquin
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 32 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 239. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,220. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Camille is Therese’s husband. He happens to be an egocentric person. He is a sickly character. Therese wants to liberate herself from that bond of marriage.
Quick Guide: Mockingjay
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 33 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 243. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,810. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins was first published in 2010. It is a science fiction novel. This book is the last part of the story which begins in the first book “The Hunger Games” and which was followed by the other part “Catching Fire” in 2009.
Quick Guide: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 34 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 244. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
It is said to be the author’s most successful novel. The significant point is that the book was written just after she had begun her literary career. During that period, her children were at preschool.
Quick Guide: The Tortilla Curtain
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 35 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 275. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,380. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Several novels have been written by different writers about illegal immigration and non-Americans living in the United States, however, no other writer has so deeply observed this problem as the writer of the present novel has.
Quick Guide: Three Sisters
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Series: Quick Guides to Novels and Plays, Book 36 · Study Gudes: English Literature, Book 276. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
World literature remains incomplete without mentioning the works of the Great Russian writer Anton Chekhov. His short stories are considered to be some of the most widely read works all over the world; however, he was also a playwright of great repute.