A classic has a certain universal appeal. Great works of literature touch us to our very core beings--partly because they integrate themes that are understood by readers from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. Themes of love, hate, death, life, and faith touch upon some of our most basic emotional responses.
by Roy Peter Clark
Roy Peter Clark, one of America's most influential writing teachers, offers writing lesso…more
Roy Peter Clark, one of America's most influential writing teachers, offers writing lessons we can draw from 25 great texts.
Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In THE ART OF X-RAY READING, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from The Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye, and many more. Along the way, he shows you how to mine these masterpieces for invaluable writing strategies that you can add to your arsenal and apply in your own writing. Once you've experienced X-ray reading, your writing will never be the same again. [close]
by Henry C.G. Cropsey (Goodreads Author)
The Trojan War is in its…more
The Trojan War is in its eighth year. Sarpedon King of Lykia and Troy’s greatest ally has led its defense from the very onset as Priam, the King, is too old to fight and his eldest son Hektor too young and inexperienced. Together the brave Sarpedon and the wily Priam have forged a motley alliance of neighboring kings and tribes into an army capable of holding its own against Agamemnon's overwhelming might. The result is stalemate. With no end in sight the Trojan people grow weary. A peace party led by Antenor, a Trojan Elder and Priam’s rival for the throne, gains support. Hektor, grown confident in his abilities and seeking to cement his position as heir apparent, yearns to break the impasse and in so doing prove himself. The City’s defense, for so long precariously balanced on the combined skills of Priam and Sarpedon, is in jeopardy.
Sarpedon’s youngest son Adrestos has come of age and joined the fight. A youth of seventeen, in his first battle he rescues Anteia, the younger sister of Hektor’s wife Andromache, and falls hopelessly in love. Andromache has yet to bear Hektor an heir, providing Hektor’s mother Hekabe added incentive for her scheme to break their marriage. All the while and without their knowledge Agamemnon High King of Mycenae is secretly implementing a new strategy to bring the City to its knees.
This is a gritty novel of palace intrigue and betrayal, heroism, camaraderie, unexpected alliances and love. It is also a novel set at the very dawn of civilization, unexplored and full of mystery.
by Eimear McBride
In scathing, furious, unforgettable prose, Eimear McBride tells the story of a young girl’s devastating adolescence as she and her brother, who suffers from a brain tumor, struggle for a semblance of normalcy in the shadow of sexual abuse, denial, and chaos at home. Plunging readers inside the psyche of a girl isolated by her own dangerously confusing sexuality, pervading guilt, and unrelenting trauma, McBride’s writing carries echoes of Joyce, O’Brien, and Woolf. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is a revelatory work of fiction, a novel that instantly takes its place in the canon.
― Charlotte Brontë, Villette
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