Literature Study Guides and Chapter Summaries

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  • Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland
    The man known as Lewis Carroll was really two people. Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, he adopted Carroll as his pen name and wrote several novels including the now-beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Learn more about the author and how his books came to be.
  • The Life and Imagination of Hans Christian Andersen
    A Danish critic once said, “Andersen wrote more self-portraits than Rembrandt ever painted." He was a great judge of character and had distinct insights into what motivated and entertained people. This knowledge of human behavior did not spring from him as innate awareness but rather his own struggl
  • “The Giver" Study Guide: Literary Elements
    This study guide helps you break down and understand the literary elements of “The Giver," including its plot, setting, characters, point of view, conflicts and themes.
  • The Giver Character Analysis
    Jonas and The Giver have very intense personalities, but author Lois Lowry develops other characters of “The Giver" as well. Read on to find out more in this brief character analysis.
  • The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Percy Bysshe Shelley was born August 4, 1792 in Sussex, England. He was the eldest son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley. Although not a largely known writer during his life, he would become an idol to generations of Gothic and Romantic authors after his death.
  • The Successes and Troubles of Dorothy Parker
    Dorothy Parker was an American poet, critic, satirist and short story writer known for her sharp wit. She was intimately involved in the New York literary life and the Hollywood movie scene.
  • Women Who Changed the Literary World
    There are many women of the literary world that have become famous for their works. Here are eight female authors who left the world a different place: artists, revolutionists, idealists, introverts and goths.
  • Nine African-American Revolutionists and Writers
    America is a story of slavery, racial inequality and oppression. These authors, and many more, shaped the history and told the story of this nation's ongoing recovery and rectification.
  • The Five Main Genres of Literature
    Literature is a broad term that encompasses almost everything we read, see, and hear. It helps to be able to break it down into categories, for ease of understanding and analysis. Here are 5 genres of literature commonly taught in the classroom, with explanations and examples.
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