Julie Andrews, known for "Mary Poppins," wrote a children's novel called "Mandy" in the vein of "A Little Princess," "The Secret Garden," and "Anne of Green Gables."
In the classic Marlowe play, Dr. Faustus makes a bargain with Mephistopheles: twenty-four years of unlimited power for the price of his soul. Unfortunately, Faustus learns too late that he received the raw end of the deal, but he turns his back on any chance of redemption.
Some songs are memorable for their whistling. Here's a countdown of 15 popular whistling songs, from pop music to movies.
The best "Harry Potter" parodies show a familiarity with the characters and an obvious love of the series. Here are some of the most popular and enduring "Potter" spoofs available on the web.
In "The Author to Her Book," Anne Bradstreet expresses trepidation as she releases her poems to the world. Let's examine the poetic devices she uses to develop a metaphor.
The first families found in the book of Genesis had their share of troubles, sibling rivalry and parental favoritism chief among them. Explore how these Biblical brothers dealt with conflict and how they drove God to come down and settle squabbles.
William Blake combined two of his collections of poems to create Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the two contrary States of the Human Soul. His Songs of Innocence portrays the childhood purity of consciousness that is not altogether...
"Jane Eyre" (2011) by Cary Fukunaga devotes as much attention to the gothic aspects of the novel as it does the romance. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender deliver passionate performances as Jane and Edward Rochester.
Movie taglines capture the spirit of the film in a line or two. These 30 famous taglines come from popular films, including "Almost Famous" (2000).
Knightly chivalry appears in many of the stories of Arthurian tradition, becoming almost mythic and archetypal because of its enduring popularity. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are associated with chivalry, the codes of honor that...
"Vertigo" presents a man driven to obsession over his lost love. Scottie tries to reconstruct the ideal woman, but this beauty is an illusion that won't hold up in reality.
William Wordsworth’s “Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey” and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison” are similar in many ways, in part because they are the poets’ personal reflections on the beauty of nature and the power of memory.
T.S. Eliot considered "Four Quartets" to be his masterpiece. Its use of symbolism, paradox, and religious allusions help develop its theme of human suffering.
Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is full of unfortunate mishaps and strokes of bad luck that usually have tragic consequences on the human body. Indeed, the three central characters—Tristram, Uncle Toby, and...
Virginia Woolf is well known for her stream-of-consciousness approach, which allows her to delve into the minds and feelings of her characters in an intimate way. The point of view shifts rapidly from one character to another. Read on for my full analysis of the stream of consciousness in the novel.
Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" (1996) was controversial for its depiction of teen violence in a modern world rife with gang warfare and school shootings. The film does not trivialize or sensationalize violence but rather shows the tragic consequences of such behavior.
Fads tend to fizzle out as quickly as the flame up. Here's a look back at some of the most beloved (and befuddling) fads, from the pet rock and Cabbage Patch dolls to Beanie Babies and Silly Bandz.
A literacy narrative is a personal account of learning how to read or write. Explore the significance of books and the written word in your life with this writing exercise.
Since the advent of film, there have been over 20 film and TV adaptations of Charlotte Bronte's classic, "Jane Eyre." Here is an examination of "Jane Eyre's" film history and other adaptations on the stage and in other media.
"O" will forever be analyzed in the context of the Columbine school shooting. By teening down "Othello," Tim Blake Nelson explores the sensitive topics of youth violence, sex, and drug use.
Every American has a dialect, even if it's not obvious to your ears. Dialects can reveal a great deal about people, but often we misjudge another person's friendliness or intelligence based on the way he or she speaks.
Even as a child, Jane Eyre defied the conventional standards that governed how people of her age, gender, and social status should behave. The stifling forces that Jane faces as a child shape her identity as a woman later in the novel.
Several authors have written prequels, sequels, and creative retellings of the classic novel "Jane Eyre." If you love the original, these books offer a new spin on your favorite characters.
What is the difference between real-life, face-to-face friendships and Facebook friendships? Discover how social media has affected the way we communicate and relate to our friends.
Kate Atkinson, Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Carol Goodman deliver modern literary mysteries guaranteed to add spookiness, dread, and thrills to your reading experience.