Literature Study Guides and Chapter Summaries
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- The Life of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) achieved broad circulation and strongly influenced 20th century writers, but not until after her death. While alive, she traveled little, visited few people and communicated primarily through letters. Learn more about her interesting, yet reclusive life.
- What Birches Teaches about Robert Frost
Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was one of America's greatest poets during the 20th century. I could deliver a long-winded history of his life and accomplishments, but I think everything you need to know about Frost can be found in Birches, which he published in 1916.
- "Among the Hidden" Study Guide
Luke has never seen the outside world, but instead lives in hiding. He is a forbidden third child and must remain hidden from the Population Police. Get an overview of the plot, characters and themes of "Among the Hidden".
- Analysis of "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
Discover or review the meaning of "O Captain! My Captain!" with this "O Captain! My Captain!" analysis.
- Existentialist Thought and Thinkers
Existentialism can be best defined by going straight to the root of the word: exist. The philosophy is about human existence and our choices. It assumes there is no human nature, only what we do with our opportunities in life. Free will is a fact. We can do what we want, but must accept the results.
- 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.
- 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.
- Study Guide for “Twelve Angry Men”: Characters & Plot
The play “Twelve Angry Men” was adapted by Sherman L. Sergel from the Emmy award-winning television movie written by Reginald Rose. Read this study guide for help understanding the text.
- James and the Giant Peach Study Guide
Read this guide to better understand the novel, James and the Giant Peach. You'll find key vocabulary words to learn, as well as a summary of each chapter.