One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.
Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and is translated into more than forty languages – establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia.
Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, tells the story of Cora, a teenage slave who runs away from a Georgia cotton plantation with a literate new arrival named Caesar. They board the Underground Railroad together, which in Whitehead’s conception is an actual railroad winding beneath the earth.
938. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice is a romantic novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential.
The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.
If you’ve never read the books, you probably imagine that Mr. Darcy is a 19th century Prince Charming, and Lizzie Bennet is the perfect feminist hero. But in fact, Austen’s character development is much more in-depth than that. When you first meet Darcy, you’ll notice he’s incredibly rude, and rather shallow.
But the district is being urged not to ban the book by the Kids' Right to Read Project, part of the National Coalition Against Censorship, as well as by Frank publisher Bantam Books, the National Council of Teachers of English and PEN America, among others.
In Ray Bradbury's vision of the future, firemen start fires to burn books; and the title "Fahrenheit 451" stands for the temperature at which books burn. Often mentioned in connection with books like "Brave New World" and "1984," characters in this novel commit the contents of the great classics to memory, because it's illegal to own a book.
1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. "1984" is still the great modern classic "negative Utopia" - a startling original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words.
Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his 1954 novel Lord of the Flies. Golding spent two years in Oxford focusing on sciences; however, he changed his educational emphasis to English literature, especially Anglo-Saxon. During World War II, he was part of the Royal Navy which he left five years later.
Orwell used Animal Farm as a fable, based on the Russian revolution and Stalinist Russia, where the state was owned and run by workers and everyone was equal. They weren't, of course, because the Communist Party leaders enjoyed a much better lifestyle. In Anímal Farm, the animals have their own revolution and take control from their human owners.
A story about music and fandom, the movie is the latest adaptation of one of writer Nick Hornby’s books. Essayist, novelist, screenwriter – even lyricist with his 2010 collaboration with Ben Folds – Hornby has a style that is completely recognizable and unique, while all-the-while remaining accessible.
Lowry won many awards for her work on The Giver, including the following: The 1994 Newbery Medal – The John Newbery award (Medal) is given by the Association for Library Service to Children. The award is given for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
During the making of the film version of Fantastic Mr Fox, Wes Anderson returned to the Great Missenden countryside that had inspired the original story, staying with Roald's widow Felicity "Liccy" Dahl while he wrote the screenplay. In the original book Mr and Mrs Fox don't have first names, but in his version Wes gave Mrs Fox the name Felicity.
Charlotte Brontë’s impassioned novel is the love story of Jane Eyre, a plain yet spirited governess, and her employer, the arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester. Published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell, the book heralded a new kind of heroine—one whose virtuous integrity, keen intellect, and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved.
finds everyone to be insipid and shallow, with little real substance or character. What Fahrenheit 451 is really about, though, is censorship, frivolous entertainment, an accelerated and shallow lifestyle, and a search for meaning in a world that has lost its meaning through years of cultural degradation supported by an apathetic yet war-like government.