eNotes for Back-to-School (#eNotes4BTS): Win a Lifetime eNotes Pass and $500 Grant!

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We are amping up for back-to-school so that we’re prepared to help our eNoters with summer reading, pop quizzes, and upcoming exams. To kick off the season and help you transition from summer sun to classroom fluorescents, we’re excited to announce the #eNotes4BTS contest!

What you can win!…

All the prizes are designed to help you transition to back to school, and everyone is a winner!

  • One grand-prize winner will receive a $500 grant and a Lifetime eNotes Student Subscription.
  • Three runner-up winners will receive a 1-year eNotes Student Subscription, a $49.99 value.
  • Everyone that enters will get 50% off an eNotes Student Subscription. Sent via coupon code after the contest ends.

How to Enter

Let us know why you’ll need eNotes for back to school on Twitter and/or Instagram. You can simply tweet it with text, or use images and videos on Twitter or Instagram…the more creative the better!
*You MUST include the hashtag #eNotes4BTS to enter.

Entries accepted August 5 to August 26, by 11:59 p.m. PST. Continue Reading ›

Scholarship Spotlight – July 2015

Every month, we select some of the best scholarships around and post them here on our blog. When you are ready to apply, check out our tips on How to Write a Scholarship Essay!


Vegetarian Video Scholarship 

Amount: $250

Eligibility: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Requirements: Applicant must create and submit a video relating what they want to tell others about vegetarianism and/or veganism.

Due Date: July 15, 2015 Continue Reading ›

Scholarship Spotlight – May 2015

Every month, eNotes will select some of the best scholarships around and post them on our blog. Take a look at this month’s scholarships! When you are ready to apply, check out our tips on How to Write a Scholarship Essay.


$10,000 Comeback Clothes Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Eligibility: Must be under 26 years old. Continue Reading ›

Light in February: Plantation Diary Find Sheds New Light on Faulkner Novels

For scholars, there is no bigger coup than finding new information that offers insight to a writer’s processes, character construction, or plot development.  Even if one is working with a lesser known writer, there is joy in discovery.  To find previously unknown information for an author as popular and extensively researched as William Faulkner is akin to finding a gem in a junkyard.

Sally Wolff-King is a professor and Southern literature scholar at Emory University. She appears to have found the ledger that Faulkner used as a model for the famous scene in Go Down, Moses in which the character Isaac McClassin opens his grandfather’s farm ledgers and discovers his family’s slave-owning past.  Many of the character names, used in this and other works, seem to have come from this ledger as well.

The diary/ledger belonged to Frances Terry Leak, a plantation owner. Leak’s great-grandson, Edgar Wiggin Francisco Jr. was a childhood friend of Faulkner’s, and the two men remained friendly throughout their lives.  Mr. Francisco’s son, now 79, recalls that Faulkner was a frequent guest in their home and had a keen interest in the ledgers.

Character names that appear in both the ledgers and Faulkner’s novels include Moses, Isaac, and Toney in Go Down, Moses, Caddy/Candace (Candis) and Ben in The Sound and the Fury and Old Rose, Henry,  Milly, and Ellen in Absalom, Absalom!.

Of particular interest to scholars is that Faulkner has given many of his white characters the names of slaves listed in the ledgers. Why did Faulkner do this?  Professor Wolff-King believes Faulkner is trying to “give the slaves a voice.”