With a gift for irony, the limerick, and an understanding of children, Lewis Carroll set out to write a book of fantastic entertainment. The story has nothing didactic about it and functions solely as a comedy, making use of fantasy and the burlesque. Although written for children, it is entertaining to adults, too.
Black Boy, an autobiography of the author's boyhood, explores the theory of human behavior determined by environment. Richard Wright's novel is profoundly American by being a distinctly African-American chronicle. What makes the book unique is its tone, which is that of the blues, both lyrical and ironic, and yet purely tragic.
Numbering more than 150, Shakespeare's Sonnets have contributed significantly to discussions of the elusive character of the Bard. While most of the poems are addressed to a young man, others invoke the renowned Dark Lady. Each sonnet is interpreted, focusing on language particular to the poem, as well as on how the sonnet form furthers meaning. In addition, Shakespeare's major themes of love and beauty; mutability; and time and immortality are explored.