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- Discuss the life and works of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- Analyze the themes and symbols in 'The Great Gatsby'.
- Become familiar with the works and style of Ernest Hemingway.
- Provide a summary and analysis for Hemingway's, 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'.
- Learn about William Faulkner's works and style.
- Read John Steinbeck's, 'Grapes of Wrath' and other works.
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. Democratic Vistas by Walt Whitman: Summary & Theme
''Democratic Vistas'' was a reflective essay by the American poet Walt Whitman. Discouraged by the post-Civil War mood, he championed a return to national unity and art appreciation.
10. Fish Cheeks: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, you will find a summary of Amy Tan's short story 'Fish Cheeks.' You will also become familiar with the common themes of Tan's writing and how they are revealed in the story, as well as what a personal narrative is.
11. Hunter S. Thompson: Biography & Books
Hunter S. Thompson is considered by many literary critics and historians to be among the most important American writers of the late 20th century. Thompson is credited as the founder of 'gonzo journalism' and one of the icons of the counter-culture movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
12. Jan Karon: Biography & Books
This article discusses the author Jan Karon, and her written work, particularly her Mitford series of novels and their companion books. Read the article and test yourself with the quiz!
13. Karen Cushman: Biography & Books
Karen Cushman is a highly acclaimed author known for her books ''Catherine, Called Birdy'' and ''The Midwife's Apprentice.'' In this lesson, you will learn about Cushman's life and the experiences that influence her work.
14. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein: Summary & Concept
'The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,' written by Gertrude Stein, relates the lives of two American expats living in Paris in the early 20th century. This lesson reviews the characters, plot summary, timeline, and literary significance of the book.
15. The Chosen: Themes & Analysis
The Chosen by Chaim Potok thrusts the reader into the lives of two boys who are trying to maintain a friendship in spite of differing views on Judaism. We'll explore the themes of father-son relationships, the conflict between the religious and secular way of life, and the pursuit of the American dream.
16. The Feminine Mystique: Summary & Author
This lesson contains a brief biography of Betty Friedan, author of ''The Feminine Mystique''. It also includes a summary of ''The Feminine Mystique'' and an overview of major topics and arguments.
17. Harrison Bergeron Vocabulary
Kurt Vonnegut's ''Harrison Bergeron'' is the story of a future world where equality is demanded through physical hindrance if needed. This lesson provides a focus on the vocabulary in this short story.
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