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CliffsNotes Absalom, Absalom!
Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner wrote about the conflicts of the human heart. In this book, the reader follows protagonist Henry Sutpen through the vast array of moral and psychological choices that humans encounter in the problematic modern world. This epic story elevated Faulkner to literary giant status.
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CliffsNotes As I Lay Dying
By telling the story through the voices of several narrators, Faulkner provided deep observations of a Southern family's move to a new town and life. The book is not only compelling because of the story, but also because of the depth and richness of the characters.
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CliffsNotes Crime and Punishment
This epic tells the story of Raskolnikov, a student who believes he is superior and entitled. He commits a crime and the book traces his downfall. After being shipped off to Siberia for a prison sentence, Raskolnikov finds suffering to be a means by which the soul is purified of all its sins.
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CliffsNotes Divine Comedy
Dante wrote three epic poems about heaven, purgatory, and hell. The Inferno is about the latter and is encyclopedic in scope and information. From Dante's own world of politics, theology, and learning, he poured everything he was and knew into this text. This concise supplement to Dante's The Divine Comedy: Inferno helps students understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
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CliffsNotes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
This novel is a partly autobiographical account of a boy's life along the Mississippi of the 19th century. Twain fills the story with mischief and hilarity, with the aim of entertaining children and reminding adults of their own childhood. This concise supplement to Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer helps you understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Author Biography: A Fullbright scho... more info>>
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CliffsNotes The American
During a trip to Europe, Christopher Newman, a wealthy American businessman, asks the charming Claire de Cintre to be his wife. To his dismay, he receives an icy reception from the heads of her family, who find Newman to be a vulgar example of the American privileged class. Combining elements of comedy, tragedy, romance and melodrama, this tale of thwarted desire vividly contrasts nineteenth-century American and European manners. This concise supplement to Henry James's The American helps studen... more info>>
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CliffsNotes The Bear
The Bear is one of the greatest hunting stories of all time, but is also one of the finest stories about the initiation of a young man into adulthood. Faulkner deals with sin, tainted wealth, duty to fellow human, and many other significant social issues.
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CliffsNotes The Canterbury Tales
Perhaps the most famous text remaining in Middle English, this tells the stories told by a party of pilgrims journeying from London to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket in Canterbury. Chaucer offers a tableau of life in 14th-century England.
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CliffsNotes Twelfth Night
This is one of Shakespeare's most popular, lighthearted, and musical of all his comedies, and its staging continues to delight audiences all over the world. In this comedy, concealed identities bring out some very funny human foibles.
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