Classics Summaries

Brave New World

  • Last updated on April 10, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Brave New World image image caption First edition cover author Aldous Huxley country England language English language genre(s) Dystopia, Science Fiction, Social Issues publisher Chatto and Windus release date 1932 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 288 isbn 0060929871 (Paperback) Opening in the year 2495, Brave New World begins by introducing […]

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • Last updated on April 8, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Nineteen Eighty-Four image image caption First edition cover author George Orwell country England language English language genre(s) Dystopia, Science Fiction, Social Issues publisher Secker and Warburg release date 1949 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 328 isbn 9780141182957 (Paperback) Winston Smith knows there is something wrong with the world. Surely it […]

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The Catcher in the Rye

  • Last updated on April 8, 2021

  name The Catcher in the Rye image image caption First edition cover author J.D. Salinger country America language English language genre(s) Social issues, bildungsroman publisher Little, Brown release date 1951 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 277 isbn 0316769533 Holden Caufield is a self-proclaimed “excellent liar” who hates “phony” people. He has just recently […]

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Beowulf

  • Last updated on April 8, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Beowulf image image caption Cover of Beowulf: A New Verse Translation author Original author unknown translator Seamus Heaney country Germanic origins language West Saxon dialect of Old English genre Epic poetry publisher W.W. Norton & Company release date Original: 700-1000 A.D. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation: 1999 media type Poetry pages […]

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Hamlet

  • Last updated on April 8, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Hamlet image image caption Cambridge School of Shakespeare Edition author William Shakespeare country England language English genre Shakespearean Tragedy publisher Cambridge University Press release date 1609 media type Play pages 289 isbn 0521618746 Outside Elsinore Castle in Denmark, a ghost has begun haunting the night. The ghost bears a striking resemblance […]

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Epic of Gilgamesh image image caption 2006 Penguin Books Edition author Unknown translator N.K. Sandars country Mesopotamia original language Sumerian translated language English language genre(s) Poetry publisher Penguin release date 2100-1200 BCE media type Paperback pages 120 isbn 0141026286 The Epic of Gilgamesh (/ˈɡɪlɡəmɛʃ/) is an epic poem from ancient […]

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Jane Eyre

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Jane Eyre image image caption 2003 Penguin Edition author Charlotte Bronte country England language English language genre(s) Romance publisher Penguin release date 1847 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 532 isbn 0142437204 Charlotte Bronte’s timeless classic follows the story of Jane Eyre, a young orphan raised in cruelty who becomes a […]

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The Betrothed

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

The Betrothed (in Italian: I promessi sposi) is an Italian historical novel. It is considered the most important novel in the Italian literature and the work which best represents the Italian Unification. The first version was published in 1823, it was then revised by the author himself and published again in its final version between […]

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The Secret Garden

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Infobox Book” name The Secret Garden image image caption Children’s Classics hardcover author Frances Hodgson Burnett country U.S.A. language English genre novel publisher Scholastic Inc. release_date 1911 media type Hardback and paperback pages 298 isbn 0517189607 Character Summaries Mary Lennox The main character of the story at first. She is the one who finds the […]

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The Sun Also Rises

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

The Sun Also Rises is the first major novel by Ernest Hemingway. Published in 1926, the plot centers on a group of expatriate Americans in Europe during the 1920s. The book’s title, selected by Hemingway (at the recommendation of his publisher) is taken from Ecclesiastes 1:5: “the sun also ariseth.” Hemingway’s original title for the […]

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A Doll’s House

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name A Doll’s House original title Et dukkehjem image image caption Student edition author Henrik Ibsen translator Michael Meyer country Norway language Original: Norwegian Translated: English genre(s) Social issues publisher Hard Press release date 1879 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 122 isbn 1406914835 A Doll’s House (literally translated A Doll’s Home, […]

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The Cask of Amontillado

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Cask of Amontillado image image caption BookSurge Classics cover author Edgar Allen Poe country America language English genre Gothic publisher BookSurge Classics release date 1846 media type Short Story, Paperback pages 20 isbn 1594561869 “The Cask of Amontillado” (sometimes spelled “The Casque of Amontillado”) is a short story written by Edgar Allan […]

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The Last Days of Socrates

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Last Days of Socrates original title Εὐθύφρων, Απολογία Σωκράτους, Κρίτων, Φαίδων image image caption Penguin Classics cover author Plato Translator Hugh Tedennick, Harold Tarrant country Ancient Greece language Ancient Greek (original) English language (translated) genre(s) Philosophy publisher Penguin release date <400 BC media type Paperback pages 256 isbn 0140449280 The […]

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Tale of Two Cities

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Can a wasted life be redeemed by one final act of selflessness? According to Charles Dickens, the answer is a resounding “Yes”! Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Dickens tells a tale of love and redemption as Sidney Carton, a hard drinking London Barrister, gives his life to save the life of the husband […]

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Wuthering Heights

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Wuthering Heights image image caption Cover of Penguin Popular Classics edition author Emily Bronte country England language English language genre(s) tragedy, Gothic publisher Penguin release date 1847 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 279 isbn 0140620125 Against the wild stormy background of the Northern English Moors, the passion of Heathcliff and […]

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The Crucible

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Crucible image image caption Penguin Classics edition author Arthur Miller country America language English language genre(s) Social issues publisher Penguin release date 1953 media type Paperback pages 143 isbn 0142437336 The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play written in 1953 during the time of McCarthyism, when the US government blacklisted accused […]

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The Odyssey

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book” name The Odyssey image image caption Cover of the Fagles translation orig title Ὀδύσσεια author Homer translator Robert Fagles country Greece language Original: Ancient Greece Translated: English genre(s) Epic Poem publisher Penguin release date Original: <800 BC Translation: 1990 media type Epic poem pages 541 isbn 0143039954 The epic poem of Odysseus begins […]

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Pride and Prejudice

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Pride and Prejudice image image caption Cover of 2000 Modern Library Edition author Jane Austen (originally published anonymously) country United Kingdom language English genre Romance publisher Modern Library Classics release date 1813 media type Print (Hardback and Paperback) pages 279 isbn 9780679783268 preceded by Sense and Sensibility followed by Mansfield Park […]

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Animal Farm

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Animal Farm image image caption First edition cover author George Orwell country England language English language genre(s) Allegorical, social issues publisher Secker and Warburg release date 1945 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 148 isbn 0451526341 (paperback) Animal Farm is an allegory of the 1917 Russian Revolution and stems from George […]

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The Scarlet Letter

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Scarlet Letter image image caption Penguin Classics Edition author Nathaniel Hawthorne country United States language English genre Fiction publisher Penguin release date 1850 media type Print (Hardback & Paperback) pages 279 pages isbn 0142437263 The novel begins with the narrator, a Custom House official, who happens to find a scarlet […]

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The Great Gatsby

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name The Great Gatsby image image caption Scribner cover author F. Scott Fitzgerald country United States language English genre Novel publisher Scribner release date April 10, 1925 media type Hardback & Paperback pages 240 isbn ISBN 0-7432-7356-7 (Paperback) The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First […]

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Book” Title The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Link http://www.enotes.com/adventures-of-huckleberry-finn Author Twain, Mark   Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain’s masterpiece. The book is humorous and the author shines a revealing light on traditions that the South still followed at the time of its publication, which was after the Civil War. Huckleberry Finn is the main […]

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Frankenstein

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Frankenstein image image caption 2003 Penguin edition author Mary Shelley country England language English language genre(s) Science-fiction, Gothic horror publisher Penguin release date 1818 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 273 isbn 0141439475 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a classic tale of a man-made monster seeking acceptance from society in light of […]

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Canterbury Tales

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

:Incomplete Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a Middle-English text, which Chaucer was thought to have begun at around 1387. The book is comprised of several smaller tales, as fictional pilgrims in linking “prologue” pieces each take a turn in telling their own story. Thus, the main body of the text follows the structure of […]

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Inferno

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Inferno original title Inferno translator Anthony Esolen image image caption Anthony Esolen translation author Dante Alighieri country Italy language Medieval Italian vernacular series The Divine Comedy genre Epic poem, religious allegory, fantasy publisher Modern Library release date 1314 media type Paperback pages 490 isbn 0812970063 followed_by Purgatorio   Plot Overview Inferno […]

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Fahrenheit 451

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Fahrenheit 451 image image caption First Edition cover author Ray Bradbury country America language English language genre(s) Dystopia, Science Fiction, Social Issues publisher Ballantine Books release date 1953 media type Hardback and Paperback pages 173 isbn 0345342968 (Paperback) Guy Montag is a fireman whose job it is to start fires – […]

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Lord of the Flies

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Infobox Book” name Lord of the Flies image image caption Penguin Classics edition author William Golding country England language English subject Social commentary genre Allegorical novel publisher Penguin Ltd release date 1954 media type Paperback pages 313 isbn 0399533370 William Golding’s adventurous tale about a group of boys marooned on an island is more than […]

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Of Mice and Men

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name Of Mice and Men image image caption Steinbeck Centennial Edition author John Steinbeck country America language English language genre(s) Social Issues publisher Penguin release date 1937 media type Paperback and hardback pages 103 isbn 0142000671 Set in the Salinas Valley of central California during the Great Depression, John Steinbeck’s novella, Of […]

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To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“infobox Book “ name To Kill A Mockingbird image image_caption Hardcover 40th Anniversary Edition author Harper Lee country United States language English language genre Historical novel, Social Issues publisher HarperCollins release_date 1960 media_type Print (Hardcover & Paperback) pages 336 (Hardcover 40th Anniversary Edition) isbn 0060194995 (Hardcover 40th Anniversary Edition) Scout and Jem Finch are growing […]

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