Essays on Literature

Joseph Conrad Essay

On Joseph Conrad and the Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad on the cover of TIME Magazine (1923). TIME Magazine, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Literature enthusiasts have no doubt heard the name, Joseph Conrad, and if not, they probably have heard of...

Marcel Proust Essay

On Marcel Proust and his Magnum Opus

Marcel Proust. Anefo, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons Marcel Proust was a French novelist, essayist, and critic who is widely regarded by writers and critics as one of the most influential writers of the 20th...

William Faulkner Biography

William Faulkner – A Brief Biography (1897-1962)

William Faulkner. Carl Van Vechten, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons William Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel laureate, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in Southern and American literature....

Aeschylus Essay

On Aeschylus: The Father of Tragedy

Aeschylus. Photo: Anderson, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons The subject of this essay is a man whose influence on playwriting and theater is absolutely unparalleled. The plays we see today in theaters all stem from...

Essay on Homer

On the Influence of Homer

Homer. British Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons The two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey are widely regarded as the foundational works of ancient Greek literature. These two masterpieces have gone on...

Albert Camus Biography

Albert Camus – A Brief Biography (1913-1960)

Albert Camus (left) in Brazil. The photograph was taken by an unknown person., CC0, via Wikimedia Commons Albert Camus was an Algerian-born French writer, journalist, and philosopher, whose works have contributed to the rise...

Toni Morrison Biography

Toni Morrison – A Brief Biography (1931-2019)

Toni Morrison. From dust jacket: “Photograph: Bert Andrews”, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Toni Morrison was an American writer and Nobel laureate, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most critically...

Voltaire

On the True Greatness of Voltaire

Voltaire. Image by DEZALB from Pixabay Few writers in history have managed to leave such an indelible mark on world literature as the great Voltaire has. This, I do not think is an exaggerated...

RK Narayan essay

On Why I Love R.K. Narayan

R.K. Narayan. R. K. Balaraman (photographer), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. R.K. Narayan is arguably the greatest Indian writer of the post-Independence era. He was a pioneer of Indian-English literature and one of the...