Essays on Literature

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,...

Ulysses essay

On Ulysses by James Joyce

Ulysses’ first edition cover. James Joyce, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons James Joyce (1882–1941) was an Irish modernist writer and one of the most significant and influential figures in 20th-century literature. He is best...

The Catcher in the Rye essay

On The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye cover. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons J.D. Salinger, whose full name is Jerome David Salinger, was an American author best known for his novel “The Catcher in the Rye.”...

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn essay

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn cover. Twain, Mark, 1835-1910, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American writer, humorist, and lecturer. He was born on November...

The Great Gatsby essay

On The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby book cover. English: Cover illustration by Francis Cugat (1893–1981). Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, was...

Don Quixote essay

On Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote Statue. Image by ddzphoto from Pixabay Miguel de Cervantes was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest figures in Spanish and world literature. He was born in...

Animal Farm Essay

On Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm. Photo by Shraddha Agrawal on Unsplash George Orwell, whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair, was an English writer and journalist. He was born on June 25, 1903, in Motihari, Bihar, British...

O. Henry biography

O. Henry – A Brief Biography (1862-1910)

O. Henry. See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons O. Henry was an American writer who wrote short stories, non-fiction, and poetry. However, he is mostly known for his short stories and...