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    Literature

    With the development of language, the human imagination has found a way to create and communicate through the written word. A literary work can transport us into a fictional, fantastic new world, describe a fleeting feeling, or simply give us a picture of the past through novels, poems, tragedies, epic works, and other genres. Through literature, communication becomes an art, and it can bridge and bond people and cultures of different languages and backgrounds.
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    What Did Shakespeare Sound Like?
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    William Shakespeare, 1564-1616. c 1907
    7 Everyday English Idioms and Where They Come From
    How did the proof get in the pudding? Britannica spills the beans on some of the most common idioms!
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    Was there a feud between William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway?
    Was there a feud between William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway?
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    Japanese literature
    Japanese literature, the body of written works produced by Japanese authors in Japanese or, in its earliest beginnings, at...
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    Nise-e of Minamoto Kintada, one of the 36 poets, from a handscroll by Fujiwara Nobuzane, Kamakura period (1192–1333); in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
    American literature
    American literature, the body of written works produced in the English language in the United States. Like other national...
    Encyclopedia / Literature
    Smith, John: Virginia
    English literature
    English literature, the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including...
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    Nicolaus Copernicus: heliocentric system
    Persian literature
    Persian literature, body of writings in New Persian (also called Modern Persian), the form of the Persian language written...
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    Literature Quizzes

    Portrait of Plato (ca. 428- ca. 348 BC), Ancient Greek philosopher.
    An Odyssey of Grecian Literature
    Who was Odysseus’s wife? What author wrote The Republic? From famous philosophers to epic journeys,...
    portrait of English playwright, William Shakespeare
    A Study of William Shakespeare
    How many sonnets did William Shakespeare publish? Where is Romeo and Juliet set? From couplets and...
    Hathaway, Anne. Shakespeare, William. Anne Hathaway's Cottage, a farmhouse, where Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, lived as a child in the village of Shottery, Warwickshire, England, near Stratford-upon-Avon.
    The Life and Work of William Shakespeare
    Who was Hamlet’s mother? How many sonnets did Shakespeare write? Broaden your literary horizons in this quiz spanning the...
    Hatter engaging in rhetoric illustration 26. by Sir John Tenniel for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Alice in Wonderland by British author Lewis Carroll. Cropped from source file asset 166534/ic code bolse1690 Mad Hatter tea party
    The Life and Works of English Authors
    You may be familiar with Alice in Wonderland and A Christmas Carol, but how much do you...
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. The author of Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy), the great Italian epic poem which tells the story of Dante's journey through hell, purgatory and heaven, the three realms of the dead.
    Name That Author
    Who wrote The Wealth of Nations? Who wrote Inferno and the other books of The Divine...
    Edgar Allan Poe 1848. Photo of daguerreotype by W.S. Hartshorn 1848; copyright 1904 by C.T. Tatman. Edgar Allan Poe, American poet, short story writer, editor and critic. Edgar Allen Poe
    Who Wrote It?
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    Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective. Holmes, the detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) in the 1890s, as portrayed by the early English film star, Clive Brook (1887-1974).
    What’s In A Name?
    Who wrote Things Fall Apart? From Sherlock Holmes to Winnie-the-Pooh, see if you can pick up the...
    Illustration of "The Lamb" from "Songs of Innocence" by William Blake, 1879. poem; poetry
    A Study of Poetry
    If roses are red and violets blue, in poetry, what does the word "foot" refer to? Take your knowledge beyond red roses and...
    A Mad Tea Party. Alice meets the March Hare and Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's "Adventures of Alice in Wonderland" (1865) by English illustrator and satirical artist Sir John Tenniel.
    Getting Into Character
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    The Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens. The statue shows the boy who would never grow up, blowing his horn on a tree stump with a fairy, London. fairy tale
    Famous Stories, Beloved Characters
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    Literature Subcategories

    Aladdin Folk Literature & Fable
    Step into the world of folklore, fables, legends, tall tales, and epics, in which heroes are known to undertake arduous journeys and dragons, fairies, and giants abound. Stories such as these circulated long before systems of writing were developed; ballads, folktales, poems, and the like were transmitted exclusively by word of mouth before written languages took over, and they continue to captivate listeners and readers to this day.
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    Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange Fictional Characters
    Here you'll find some of your favorite fictional characters from literature, film, television, and the like, whether it's the analytical mastermind Sherlock Holmes and his endearing associate Dr. Watson or the menacing and helmeted Darth Vader, the ill-tempered Donald Duck or the teenage sleuth Nancy Drew.
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    subcategory placeholder Journalism
    Extra, extra! Although the content and style of journalism and the medium through which it is delivered have varied significantly over the years, journalism has always given us a way to keep up with current events, so that we always have our fingers on the pulse.
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    subcategory placeholder Libraries & Reference Works
    Looking to impress your friends with your expansive knowledge of historical events, philosophical concepts, obscure words, and more? We may be biased, but it seems fair enough to say that reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and textbooks have provided such a service for years (in some cases, hundreds or even thousands of years). You can look for them at your local public library, which likely stores books, manuscripts, journals, CDs, movies, and other sources of information and entertainment.
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    Nicolaus Copernicus: heliocentric system Literatures of the World
    Literature knows no geographical bounds; authors can be found in nearly all corners of the globe (except, perhaps, on the open sea). Find out more about regional literary styles and forms.
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    subcategory placeholder Literary Criticism
    Everyone's a critic. But not all literary criticism involves judging the quality of a text; it can also focus on interpreting the meaning of a work or evaluating an author's place in literary history.
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    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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    epitaph Nonfiction
    The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! Nonfiction works are all about facts and real events. Although there is some debate about which kinds of literature qualify as nonfiction, the genre typically includes books in the categories of biography, memoir, science, history, self-help, cooking, health and fitness, business, and more.
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    Hill, Lawrence: The Book of Negroes Novels & Short Stories
    Whether it's "Don Quixote," "Pride and Prejudice," "The Great Gatsby," or "The Fall of the House of Usher," novels and short stories have been enchanting and transporting readers for a great many years. There's a little something for everyone: within these two genres of literature, a wealth of types and styles can be found, including historical, epistolary, romantic, Gothic, and realist works, along with many more.
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    "I have a dream..." "Four score and seven years ago..." It's not a fluke that these phrases came to be so widely known and remembered. Truly great and persuasive speeches elicit strong emotional reactions in their audiences and may have broad historical repercussions. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, quoted above, are two iconic examples of successful oratory, as are Elizabeth I's speech to the troops at Tilbury and Winston Churchill's first speech as prime minister to the House of Commons.
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    Falstaff and Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part 1. Plays
    All the world's a stage, as Shakespeare put it in "As You Like It"; and the stage is where you'll find performances of works by such famed playwrights as Anton Chekhov, Eugene O'Neill, and the Bard himself, among many others.
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    The Poor Fisherman, oil on canvas by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, 1881; in the Louvre, Paris. Poetry
    Poetry is a vast subject that encompasses much more than just your average "Roses are red, violets are blue" poem. Delve into the category of literature that Percy Bysshe Shelley called "a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted," and which includes sonnets, haikus, nursery rhymes, epics, and more.
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