Essays on Literature

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare: England’s National Poet

William Shakespeare. Martin Droeshout, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s greatest...

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude. Luis Rivera, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist, widely regarded as one of the most significant authors of...

Moby Dick

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick Classics Illustrated cover. Jim Griffin, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. Melville’s literary works often explore...

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men first edition cover. Illustrated by Ross MacDonald. Published by Covici-Friede., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons John Steinbeck was an American author known for his realistic and often socially conscious novels...

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart Signed. McDowell, Obolensky, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic, widely regarded as one of Africa’s most influential literary figures. Born on November...

Edgar Allan Poe article

Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre

Edgar Allan Poe. Unknown authorUnknown author; Restored by Yann Forget and Adam Cuerden, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic, best known for his...

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities title page. See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Charles Dickens was an English novelist and social critic, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of...

War and Peace by Tolstoy

On War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace cover. Leo Tolstoy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer, philosopher, and social activist, best known for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Tolstoy’s literary...

Les Miserables essay

On Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Les Misérables book cover. English – NPS, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Victor Hugo was a renowned French writer, poet, playwright, novelist, and political activist. He was born on February 26, 1802, in Besançon,...