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CliffsNotes Alice in Wonderland
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.
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CliffsNotes All Quiet on the Western Front
This war novel is actually an anti-war novel, tracing the lives and losses of a young group of soldiers caught in the brutality of World War I. Gripping, realistic, and searing with a vision inconsistent with post-war German character, All Quiet on the Western Front brought author Erich Maria Remarque death threats, causing him to leave Germany to live and work in Hollywood. This concise supplement to Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front helps students understand the overall structure of th... more info>>
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CliffsNotes All the King's Men
One of the finest American novels ever written, All the King's Men is at its most basic the story of two men involved in the public and private swirls of political life. But it is so much more, encompassing a world on the page as big as the one out your front door. For a book that deserves several readings, this Cliff's Notes guide will help your first comprehension become clearer, faster.
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CliffsNotes All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses is the first novel in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. The young John Grady Cole and his two companions journey from Texas through Mexico as orphans of sorts, and through their struggles for their horses, with the law, and with a landowning Mexican family, they travel toward maturity. As the first in a series, it begins to reveal John Grady Cole's character and presents the loss of the West, for Cole ultimately loses love and takes his place as a lone figure, on a horse, o... more info>>
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CliffsNotes All's Well That Ends Well & The Merry Wives of Windsor
Here is one of Shakespeare's problematic plays and his most farcical. The arc of love's victory in All's Well That Ends Well doesn't compel an audience's compassion, yet it is still a skillfully written play. The Merry Wives of Windsor has been criticized for having been written in 14 days, yet it brims with wit and features a new tale of Falstaff, one of literature's greatest characters
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CliffsNotes American Poets of the 20th Century
This literary companion carries you into the lives and poetic lines of 41 of America's most admired poets from the last century. From popular favorites such as Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg to the more esoteric T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, this handbook also introduces you to living poets, such as Rita Dove, who are still inscribing their places in literary history. The book opens with an approach to analyzing poetry, and each author-specific chapter includes sections devoted to Chief Works, Dis... more info>>
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CliffsNotes An American Tragedy
Called one of the best writers on the American scene, Dreiser is also called one of the world's best worst writers, with claims that he is an impurist with nothing but genius. This story, told in gruesome detail and with unswerving realism, recounts the dilemmas and choices of a "loser"; we watch him ascend to temptation, fall in transgression, and receive his appropriate penance.
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CliffsNotes Anna Karenina
At once a tragic love story pitting a fragile heart against the forces of society, this novel truly succeeds as a conversation of ideas. The long book is very readable, and this study guide should help readers galvanize their thoughts on the philosophical issues in the book that truly concern all humans.
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CliffsNotes Anthem
Perfect preparation for the annual Ayn Rand essay contest, this allegory of man in a collectivist society places characters, such as Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000, in a struggle for individual freedom. By the force of their ideas and the fire of their desires, they ultimately set themselves free and create a new social order.
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CliffsNotes Antony and Cleopatra
The dilemma between heart, head, romance, and ambition has not been told with such elegance and depth as in Shakespeare's play. With revelries of poetic love and the drudgery of tragedy, this drama of the Egyptian queen and the Roman military leader is actually a microcosm of life.
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CliffsNotes Arrowsmith
This concise supplement to Sinclair Lewis' Arrowsmith 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 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 As You Like It
As You Like It tracks the travails of young lovers and despotic rulers as they chase one another from the palace of Duke Frederick to the Forest of Arden. Shakespeare's classic work weaves together greedy inheritors, despotic rulers, a cross-dressing princess, and some magic before drawing to a dramatic close.
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CliffsNotes Bartleby the Scrivener & Benito Cereno
These two longer short stories deal with men in commerce on Wall Street and men at sea, both involved in struggles for power and the creation of a livable ethic.
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CliffsNotes Beloved
Classified as historical fiction, gothic horror story, and bildungsroman, this novel tells the story of a woman who murders her daughter to protect her from the living hell of slavery. Told in flashbacks, memories, and nightmares, the story is difficult but rewarding. This concise supplement to Toni Morrison's Beloved helps students understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
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CliffsNotes Beowulf
As one of the oldest existing poems in the English language, Beowulf is important for its historical account and its poetry and themes. Although filled with monsters and dragons, the story of Beowulf's actions and deeds still comes alive today.
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CliffsNotes Black Boy
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.
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CliffsNotes Black Like Me
This book recounts one of the most exciting sociological experiments of the 20th century. The Caucasian author undergoes chemical and physical changes to appear as an African American, to document the bias and social injustices of the white American society from personal experience.
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CliffsNotes Bleak House
A large book of much variety, it combines romance and realism and resembles more than one fictional genre. The story is partly an adolescent's initiation into the adult world, partly a romance, and partly a murder mystery. It is also a novel of social criticism and the inhumanity of the law.
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CliffsNotes Bless Me, Ultima
This fascinating and mystical novel follows the sociopsychological maturation of a Chicano boy in New Mexico in the 1940s. A story pitting good against evil, Catholic beliefs against the "old ways," and education against the gift of intuition, it ends with acceptance and new life challenges.
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CliffsNotes Brave New World
Get an Alpha-Plus on your next paper by exploring Aldous Huxley's futuristic, dystopian London in CliffsNotes on Brave New World. Not only does this study guide give you insight into Huxley's life and writing, but it also provides you with expert commentaries and critical analyses to help you understand the novel's social and political themes. Character studies of Bernard Marx, John the Savage, and Lenina Crowne enable you to discover what makes the people of Huxley's brave new world tick, and t... more info>>
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CliffsNotes Brontė's Jane Eyre
This novel echoes the romantic conventions of the Victorian era at the same time that it recounts many incidents of Bronte's own life. The character of Jane, a young governess who falls in love with her mysterious employer, is a beacon of virtue and integrity against the wiles of life.
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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 Cry, The Beloved Country
Cry, the Beloved Country is a beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s. This concise supplement to Paton's Cry, The Beloved Country helps students understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations of the characters and the social and cultural perspective of the author.
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CliffsNotes Death of a Salesman
Miller's most famous play, it is the story of the American Dream gone awry when a small man is destroyed by society's false values. Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 and continues to shine on stages throughout the world even today. This concise supplement to Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman helps students understand the overall structure of the play, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
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