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Ch 14: Authors & Works in English Literature: Tutoring Solution

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The Authors and Works in English Literature chapter of this SAT Subject Test in Literature Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about authors and works in English literature. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach all of the styles and works from English authors required in a typical SAT literature prep course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other SAT literature prep work.
  • Identify the authors and works in English literature concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our SAT literature tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about authors and works in English literature and prepare for the exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding Beowulf, Chaucer, Lord Byron or any other English literary authors and works topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their learning
  • Prefer learning about literature visually
  • Find themselves struggling to prepare for the SAT literature subject test
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in preparing for the SAT subject test in literature
  • Don't have access to their SAT literature instructor outside of class

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  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about authors and works in English literature simple and fun.
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  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about authors and works in English literature on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore the legacy of the Old English epic Beowulf.
  • Examine the life and works of Chaucer.
  • Get a timeline of Shakespeare's works.
  • Learn about the meter, rhyme and structure of Shakespeare's sonnets.
  • Get an introduction to the works of John Milton and Alexander Pope.
  • Explore the novels of the Bronte sisters, including Jane Eyre.
  • Examine the life and works of Jane Austen, including Pride and Prejudice.
  • Learn about the poetry of Lord Byron and John Keats.
  • Be introduced to the work and style of Charles Dickens.
  • Find out about George Bernard Shaw's social activism and contributions to education.
  • Trace T.S. Eliot's stylistic evolution.
  • See how John Stuart Mill's political and ethical ideas influenced the politics of today.

22 Lessons in Chapter 14: Authors & Works in English Literature: Tutoring Solution
Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

1. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.

Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

2. Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

In this lesson, we'll introduce medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer. We'll take a look at his life, his most famous works, including 'The Canterbury Tales,' and we'll spend some time learning how to read Middle English.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

3. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

4. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.

Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

5. Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

English poet, essayist and political figure John Milton ranks right up there with William Shakespeare in a list of literary greats. Check out this lesson for an overview of Milton's life and most important works.

Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems

6. Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems

Alexander Pope is one of the most quoted writers in the English language, which means you've probably heard his stuff before - you just don't know it yet. Watch this lesson for an overview of Pope's life and key works!

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

7. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

8. Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, was first published in 1847 under Bronte's pseudonym, Currier Bell. It's about a girl named - not surprisingly - Jane Eyre, and it's a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows Jane from childhood through motherhood. Many elements of Jane's life are similar to events in Charlotte Bronte's life. Because the work features a strong-willed and intelligent woman, it's often considered to be an early feminist text.

Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

9. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.

Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

10. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.

Lord Byron: Poems and Biography

11. Lord Byron: Poems and Biography

Lord Byron was once called 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.' In this lesson, you'll learn about this poet who is one of English Romanticism's most celebrated and prolific figures.

John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

12. John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

Lots of poets only write for a few years, get discouraged by terrible reviews and never amount to much. And then there's John Keats. Despite a short life with an abbreviated literary career and ridicule from prominent critics, Keats' work would come to symbolize the Romantic poetry movement. Watch this lesson to learn more.

Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

13. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.

Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays

14. Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays

George Bernard Shaw is one of the most prolific and important playwrights in the last 150 years. Don't believe us? Watch this video to learn about his social activism, his important contribution to the world of education and, of course, his plays.

Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

15. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.

John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory

16. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory

Join us for this analysis of nineteenth century British philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose radical political and ethical ideas based in utilitarianism have had a profound effect in the final frontier and on our current political landscape.

Mary Norton: Biography & Books

17. Mary Norton: Biography & Books

This lesson is about the author of the Borrowers series, Mary Norton, detailing her life and her writing. Read the lesson, then test yourself with the quiz!

Nadine Gordimer: Biography, Short Stories & Books

18. Nadine Gordimer: Biography, Short Stories & Books

Nadine Gordimer was a South African author and political activist who received many awards for her books and short stories. Learn about the life and writing of this outspoken woman who wrote tirelessly about the effects of apartheid in South Africa.

Robert Harris: Biography & Books

19. Robert Harris: Biography & Books

Robert Harris's experience as a political writer has made him one of the most popular political fiction writers today. Read on to find out more about his life and his work!

The Once and Future King: Summary & Characters

20. The Once and Future King: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, we will learn about The Once and Future King, a series of novels about King Arthur written by T. H. White. After a summary of each of the novels, we will examine the main characters. We'll wrap up with a quiz.

William Thackeray: Biography & Books

21. William Thackeray: Biography & Books

He was definitely brilliant, but he was also wild. Lavish parties, gambling away his inheritance, dropping out of school -- the list goes on. But in between the drinking and escapades, he managed to produce some great novels. Read further to learn more about William Thackeray.

Wit by Margaret Edson: Summary & Analysis

22. Wit by Margaret Edson: Summary & Analysis

What would you do if you found out you were going to die? 'Wit' is a play that examines that question when its main character, a feared English professor, finds out she has terminal cancer and has to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.

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