#Classics

200 Years of African American Writing: A History of Antiracist Literature

Look back at two decades of antiracist literature, including poetry, nonfiction, and fiction works by Black authors speaking truth to power.

Does It Matter That Roald Dahl’s Family is “Sorry”?

Does it mean anything to apologize for virulent bigotry on someone else's behalf?

The Life and Wild Times of O. Henry

A look at the life and times of "The Gift of the Magi" author O. Henry. Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy post!

Books Entering the Public Domain in 2021

Prepare your Great Gatsby pastiche, everyone. These books from 1925 are entering the public domain on January 1.

Quiz: Which GREAT GATSBY Character Are You?

Pop a bottle of champagne, stare at a distant green light, then discover which GREAT GATSBY character you are most like, old sport!

A Definitive List of the Best Shakespeare Film Adaptations

Missing live theater, one Shakespeare fan turns on the tube and delivers your go-to guide to the best Shakespeare film adaptations.

Tiny Tim: Complex Reactions to a Stereotypical Character

A reader's analysis of idealized and stereotypical depictions of disability through Tiny Tim in Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Nancy Drew Wasn’t the Only Girl Detective: Learn About 8 Other Classic Teen Sleuths

You've read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but have you read these other books like Nancy Drew? Meet 8 classic teen sleuths.

The Gutenberg Bible and How to See it Online

If you're curious about the the first book to be printed using moveable type, learn more about the Gutenberg Bible and how to see it here.

A Critical Appreciation of Jane Austen

A Jane Austen fan takes a look at some of the radical elements of the author's stories as well as her societal critiques.

A Brief History of a Forgotten Sensation: TRILBY by George Du Maurier

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD’s Boldwood: A 19th Century Incel?

Taking a look at the Thomas Hardy classic, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, and its character, William Boldwood, as an early fictional example of an incel.

On My In-Class Rebellion About Woolf’s ORLANDO

A reader recounts an in-class rebellion to fight for space to discuss queerness in Woolf's ORLANDO, and how that rebellion encouraged her as a reader.

Who Said It: Fiona Apple or Virginia Woolf?

Find out how well you know both bold, poetic feminist powerhouse writers by deciding who said it: Fiona Apple or Virginia Woolf!

The Young Goodman Brown Effect in Education

A reader and teacher on the educational philosophy she calls the Young Goodman Brown effect, named after the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.