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Authors and titles you'll become familiar with:
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
- Ernest Hemingway
- Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms
- Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls
- William Faulkner
- John Steinbeck
- Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath
- Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.
2. The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character
F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' is considered by many critics to be the greatest American novel. Watch our video lesson on the novel to find out why!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway: Summary and Analysis
Civil war in Spain, love in the woods, and death everywhere. It's Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' In this lesson, we'll explore the acclaimed novel about an American in the Spanish Civil War.
6. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style
William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The Mending Wall By Robert Frost: Summary, Theme & Analysis
This lesson will explore Robert Frost's famous and intricate poem, 'Mending Wall.' We'll look at its form, themes, and context in order to analyze the poem.
10. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Summary & Analysis
Martin Luther King, Jr. takes on and beats nine tough criticisms in his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' Discover the hidden structure and radical rhetorical power of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most widely-read text.
11. Emily Dickinson's Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Summary, Analysis & Theme
In this lesson, we will examine the life of Emily Dickinson and the major themes of her poetry. From there, we will focus on her poem 'Hope is the Thing with Feathers' and discuss how it relates to her life and themes.
12. Iambic Tetrameter: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore iambic tetrameter, a common way of writing poetry that consists of stressed and unstressed syllables. Then, we will examine some sample poetry that uses it.
13. East of Eden: Summary & Characters
John Steinbeck's novel ~'East of Eden~' is an American classic with an easy-going cadence despite its heavy storyline. The intricate plot and cast of characters can sometimes be confusing, but this lesson will lay things on the line so you can keep them straight. Read on for plot summary and character clarification.
14. Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack: Summary & Sayings
Benjamin Franklin is known as an inventor, a humorist, a founding father of the United States, and a gifted writer. In this lesson, we will examine his work 'Poor Richard's Almanack,' a compilation of wise sayings, weather forecasts, and entertainment.
15. Bill Nye: Biography & Books
Almost every kid in America knows the name Bill Nye the Science Guy, but how did this prolific scientist of your childhood get his start? In this lesson, you will learn about the life and books of Bill Nye.
16. Bob Woodward: Biography & Books
In this lesson we'll look at the famous journalist Bob Woodward's biography and list some of his books, including the famous work on the Watergate Scandal, All the President's Men. Then you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
17. Crime Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors
Crime fiction is one of the fastest growing genres in literature. Read about what makes it so exciting, along with some of the more significant writers and their novels.
18. Ernest Gaines: Biography & Books
This lesson discusses the author Ernest J. Gaines and his novels, including 'A Lesson Before Dying.' Read the article, then test yourself with a quiz.
19. In the Time of the Butterflies: Summary, Characters & Character Analysis
'In the Time of the Butterflies' by Julia Alvarez is a work of historical fiction about the resilience and determination of the Mirabel sisters, who became national heroes in the Dominican Republic. We are with them every step of the way in their efforts against the dictator, Rafael Trujillo.
20. The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Summary & Analysis
Do you ever wonder if we've run out of new ideas? Well, don't be so sure until you read this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of 'The American Scholar' by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the quintessential American scholar himself.
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- Usage: Homework Help
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