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- Explore the life and works of Ernest Hemingway.
- Take a look at the works and style of Mark Twain.
- Examine The Grapes of Wrath and other works by Jon Steinbeck.
- Provide a summary and analysis for Herman Melville's, Moby Dick.
- Read and analyze To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Discuss the biography and major novels of Edith Wharton.
1. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style
American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.
2. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis
Ernest Hemingway's ''A Farewell to Arms'' is considered by some critics to be the best novel written in the WWI era. Learn why readers still love this story almost a century later.
3. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.
4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through a close examination of characters and plot.
5. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works
John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.
6. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style
John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.
7. Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis
''Moby Dick'' is not just a boring story about a whale. Its popularity is still strong today (guess what major coffee chain takes its name from the story) thanks to Herman Melville's raunchy jokes about sperm whales. Oh, the fact it's a great story about evil and revenge doesn't hurt either.
8. To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Analysis and Quotes
How did a novel that deals with difficult topics like racism and rape become an American classic and a staple of high school English classes? In this lesson, we'll learn all about Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
9. The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Old Man and the Sea was the last novel Ernest Hemingway published before killing himself in 1961. In many ways, the novel gives us a glimpse into the award-winning author's mind as this story's events and themes connect to Hemingway's life.
10. All Quiet on the Western Front: Summary and Themes
Erich Maria Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' sold millions of copies worldwide. It portrays German soldiers' experiences during WWI, but many say it relates to all soldiers, describing the horrors of war, which transcend time and place.
11. Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels
Who was Edith Wharton? Only the author of over 40 books and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In this lesson, we'll explore her life and major novels.
12. David Copperfield: Character Analysis & Overview
This article discusses characters and plot points in Charles Dickens's novel, 'David Copperfield'. It also analyzes themes found within the novel. Read the lesson, and take the quiz!
13. E.B. White: Biography, Facts, Books, Essays & Poems
E.B. White was a 20th century children's book author who created characters that still captivate young people today. Continue reading to learn more about E.B. White, his children's books and his other writing.
14. Edgar Rice Burroughs: Books & Biography
You might be familiar with John Carter, or certainly with Tarzan, but how much do you know about the pencil sharpener salesman who brought them to life? Learn about Edgar Rice Burroughs, including his books and many odd jobs, in this lesson on his adventure-filled life and work!
15. Jack London: Biography, Books & Short Stories
From the frozen tundra to glistening beaches, the stories of Jack London can take you just about anywhere you'd want to go. Learn more about this adventurous author and his work in this lesson.
16. Jeff Kinney: Biography, Facts & Books
You've probably heard of the hit book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but how much do you know about its author? In this lesson, you will learn about Jeff Kinney and how he got started writing his bestselling series.
17. Number the Stars: Summary, Characters & Setting
Lois Lowry's Newberry Award-winning children's novel Number the Stars is a well-known story about a young girl's experiences in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. This lesson will introduce you to the plot and characters and finish with a quiz to test your knowledge.
18. The Catcher in the Rye: Characters, Themes & Symbols
~'Catcher in the Rye~', written by J.D. Salinger, is the story of Holden Caulfield's struggle with depression following the death of his brother. This lesson will explore the characters, as well as some themes and symbols in the novel.
19. The Red Badge of Courage: Summary, Characters & Setting
'The Red Badge of Courage' by Stephen Crane is a story of one soldier's thoughts and emotions during two days of brutal fighting during the Civil War. This lesson covers the summary, characters, and setting of that novel.
20. Tuck Everlasting: Summary, Characters & Author
'What if you could live forever?' Natalie Babbitt explores this question in her novel, Tuck Everlasting. Read more about Babbitt, her book, and the characters that wrestle with this question.
21. Willa Cather's O Pioneers! - Summary & Analysis
This lesson reviews Willa Cather's great American novel, O Pioneers, which details the life of a Swedish American pioneer family, their trials, and eventual paths. Get a summary and analysis of the novel, then take a quiz to test your knowledge.
22. Zane Grey: Biography & Books
Zane Grey was a popular American author renowned for his vivid western novels and captivating articles about the great outdoors. In this lesson, you will learn how Grey got his start as a writer and his immense contributions to American literature.
23. Alliteration in The House on Mango Street
Alliteration is a literary device that many authors use in their works. In this lesson, you'll learn about how Sandra Cisneros uses alliteration in her novella, ''The House on Mango Street.''
24. Personification in The House on Mango Street
'The House on Mango Street' is a coming-of-age novel written by Sandra Cisneros. It tells the story of a young girl, named Esperanza, as she grows up in a poor Latino neighborhood in Chicago. This lesson covers how Cisneros uses personification throughout the story.
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