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Literature Help: Rashomon & Other Stories
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,970. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2016 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The stories could not be published during his lifetime. The story “Rashomon” was published when the author was still an undergraduate student at Tokyo Imperial University.
Literature Help: Dead End In Norvelt
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,250. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
The book also won Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2012. One of the British reviewers called the book ‘rib-splitting.
Literature Help: Gilead
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
When the novel “Gilead” was published, it was greatly admired by both critics and readers. The book was the winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005.
Literature Help: Belle Prater's Boy
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,600. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
Woodrow happens to be Belle Prater’s son. He is Gypsy’s unusual cousin. One day, Woodrow comes to town. Gypsy immediately becomes friends with him to know more about the disappearance of his mother.
Literature Help: The History of Rasselas: Prince of Abissinia
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2016 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Literature » Educational
The book was first published in Great Britain, and the author is said to have received only seventy five British pounds for the copyright.
Strange and Mysterious People 1: Wolf Messing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2016 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
His date of birth has always been controversial, but it is generally assumed that he was born in the last decade of the nineteenth century.
Literature Help: The Kitchen God's Wife
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,400. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
The story basically extensively explores the Sino-American female identity and draws on the story of the life of the author’s mother.
Literature Help: Young Goodman Brown
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
“Young Goodman Brown” is a symbolic story. The titular character, Goodman Brown” goes through a journey into self scrutiny that results in his loss of belief and virtue. It has been presented in a symbolic fashion.
Literature Help: The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » European / German
The play presents a parable that revolves around a peasant girl. She rescues a baby and proves herself a better mother than the baby’s rich natural parents.
Literature Help: Herland
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
The novel depicts a society that is completely isolated, composed of entirely of women. The women in that society reproduce through asexual reproduction, parthenogenesis.
Literature Help: Having Our Say
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
The writer sisters were the daughters of a former slave. Their father was the first African American elected Bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
Literature Help: The Jungle
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,920. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Classics
Sinclair exposed several health violations and unsanitary practices in the meat packaging industry in the United States in the early 20th century. This exposure was taken very seriously by the readers. To write about this topic, Sinclair had done a lot of investigation for a socialist newspaper.
Literature Help: Yonnondio: From the Thirties
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,750. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Historical » USA
The novel revolves around the struggles faced by the Holbrook family during the 1920s. The story is basically about the life of the working-class family. It also deals with the themes such as socioeconomic order, motherhood, and the pre-depression era.
Literature Help: The Heart of the Matter
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,350. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
“The Heart of the Matter” is considered as one of the most famous novels written by Greens. According to the literary critics, this book is a part of “Catholic Trilogy” written by Green. The other two books in that trilogy are “The Power and the Glory” and “The End of the Affair.”
Literature Help: Dandelion Wine
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Classics
Douglas Spaulding is the central character and protagonist of the novel. He is a twelve-year-old boy. His character is also said to have been loosely patterned after Ray Bradbury.
Literature Help: The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,920. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The story reveals that when Christopher is overloaded with new information, he is not able to take immediate and rational decisions. He finds it difficult to visit other places because he has spent most of his childhood at home with his father, who happens to have told him that his mother died of a heart attack.
Literature Help: The Contender
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
The story of the novel revolves around Alfred Brooks, a seventeen years old black boy. Alfred happens to be a school dropout. He lives with his Aunt Pearl and her three daughters in Harlem, New York City.
Literature Help: Coming of Age In Mississippi
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
The book describes the time period from the author’s childhood until her late twenties. It also focuses on Anne Moody’s involvement in the civil rights movement in the United States.
Literature Help: Cold Mountain
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,340. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Historical » USA
W. P. Inman is the male protagonist of the novel. He happens to be an injured deserter from the Confederate army when the American Civil War is about to end. The novel tells the story of W. P. Inman and his beloved Ada.
Literature Help: Changes: A Love Story
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Literature » Urban
The story of the novel revolves around a certain period in the life of an African woman. Having divorced her first husband, she enters a polygamist marriage.
Literature Help: The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,370. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
The story revolves around a very loving African-American family. The family lives in the town of Flint, Michigan. The year is 1963.
Literature Help: The Misanthrope
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,550. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » European / French
It is also titled “The Cantankerous Lover.” The French title of the play is “Le Misanthrope.” It is a 17th century comedy of manners that has been written in verse.
Literature Help: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,020. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides
According to the author he wrote this novel because he had been repeatedly asked by several teachers, librarians, and teenagers to write one young adult novel.
Literature Help: Eugene Onegin
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,310. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
Being considered a classic of Russian literature, “Eugene Onegin” inspired several contemporary and future writers in the country.
Literature Help: What Is the What
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,770. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
The story is based on the real life story of Valentino Achak Deng. The story describes his struggles and how he overcame them. Achak Deng was a Sudanese refugee who had come to take refuge in the United States. He was the member of the Lost Boys of Sudan Programme.
Literature Help: Persuasion
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,730. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
“Persuasion” of often described as a ‘perfect novel.’ It is often said that the reader of the book can easily judge by himself or herself whether the book is worthy of praise.
Literature Help: Perfume
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,960. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The novel very minutely explores the sense of smell and the relationship of smell with the emotional meaning which the perfumes or scent may have.
Literature Help: Six Characters In Search of an Author
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,350. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
It is an absurdist meta-theatrical play which explores the relationship between authors, their characters, and theatre practitioners.
Literature Help: Long Day's Journey Into Night
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,480. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » American / African American
The action of the play covers the time period of one day from morning till midnight in the month of Augusts 1912. The play is set at the seaside Connecticut home of the Tyrones.
Literature Help: Annie John
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,250. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
The novel deals with several significant issues such as mother-daughter relationships, racism, lesbianism, education, depression, and the conflict between the modern medicine and the medicine based on the native superstitious knowledge.
Literature Help: Glengarry Glen Ross
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,260. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » American / African American
The play covers the time period of two days. The story revolves around the parts of two days in the lives of four very desperate real estate salesmen from Chicago.
Literature Help: Seize the Day
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
The book was written in 1950s which was a kind of formative period during which the middle class in the United States was being created.
Literature Help: Snow Falling on Cedars
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,740. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
It is said that while the author was writing the book, he was a teacher. He wrote this novel in the early morning hours over the period of ten years. It was a very slowly written novel, but it is one of the best modern works of literature.
Literature Help: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,020. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The continuous story is about four young girls who get a pair of jeans which fits all of them very well although all of them have different shapes and sizes.
Literature Help: Shane
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 7,860. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
When the novel was published in the magazine, it was titled ‘Rider from Nowhere.’ Later on it was published as a complete novel with the title “Shane.”
Literature Help: Sister Carrie
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,680. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Having reached the city, she begins realizing her own American Dream. She initially becomes a mistress to men and she thinks that it is superior. However, she later becomes a very famous actress.
Literature Help: Season of Migration to the North
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,740. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
When there was Islamic government in Sudan, it was banned in Sudan for several years. In the novel there is some graphic sexual imagery in the second half of the novel and that was perhaps the biggest reason to ban the novel in Sudan.
Literature Help: A Raisin In the Sun
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » American / African American
“A Raisin In the Sun” is considered an autobiographical play. Lorraine Hansberry happens to be one of the first playwrights to sketch realistic pictures of African-American life.
Literature Help: The Member of the Wedding
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
It is said that Carson McCullers had initially planned to write a story about a girl who happens to be in love with her piano teacher, but she suddenly found something which compelled her to change it into a full length novel.
Literature Help: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
“Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” by Stephen Crane was first published in 1893. This novella by this famous American novelist was not very well received when it was first published. It did not win literary acclaim and public attention.
Literature Help: Love In the Time of Cholera
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,850. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The story revolves around the major characters Florentino Ariza, Fermina, Daza, and Dr. Juvenal Urbino. There are several flashback scenes and numerous repetitions, which with the element of foreshadowing makes the narrative highly unconventional yet very emphatic.
Literature Help: The Kite Runner
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,680. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
According to the author, “The Kite Runner” is basically a father-son story. Even in his later works, he uses this subject matter.Although the author explores several themes in the novel, guilt and redemption come out as the most significant themes.
Literature Help: The Jew of Malta
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
“The Jew of Malta” by Christopher Marlow is assumed to have been written either in 1589 or 1590. The plot of the play is based on religious conflict, intrigue, and vengeance.
Literature Help: Into the Wild
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,830. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
This highly successful book was also adapted into a movie in the year 2007. The movie was directed by Sean Penn and the leading star in the film was Emile Hirsch.
Literature Help: Black Beauty
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Adventure » General
The novel primarily informs the readers about the welfare of the animals and teaches them to treat animals politely and kindly, but at the same time it also teaches how to treat people with sympathy, kindness, and respect.
A Quick Guide to "The House of Bernarda Alba"
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 8,560. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
The playwright gave a subtitle to the play and it described the play as a play of women in the villages of Spain. It was the last play written by the author. Although the writing was over on 19th of June 1936, it could only be performed for the first time in the year 1945.
Literature Help: Jazz
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,230. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
The major part of the story is set in Harlem, New York City, during the 1920s. The narrative very interestingly and skillfully explores the pasts of various characters. The narrative, as the story progresses, extends back to the past to the mid nineteenth century American South.
Literature Help: Homo Faber
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,860. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Technology, probability, and logic rule the world view of the protagonist, but a sequence of incredible coincidences challenge his world view. The novel seems to be a little autobiographical, but less than the author’s other works. Walter Faber has some obvious similarities to Max Frisch, the author.
A Quick Guide to "Distant View of a Minaret"
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
This particular story conveys the passive female sexual role. The sexual relationship in marriage in the Egyptian society is pushed by selfish male domination. The female protagonist in the story is like the lone minaret. She continues to exist with her solitude and never raises her voice.
Literature Help: The Glass Castle
Series: A Quick Guide · Study Gudes: English Literature. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 10,380. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014 by Raja Sharma. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Study guides, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
The detailed description very efficiently finds its way in the hearts and minds of the readers. This true account of the author’s life is not only very interesting and entertaining, but also highly didactic and inspiring.
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