10 Black Authors You Need to Read Right Now

Black History Month is an annual celebration of African American achievements and contributions to US history, arts, culture, and literature. Authors like Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou helped pave the way for many black voices and inspired numerous individuals to contribute to the cultural narrative. While we remember all black authors who have left their…

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21 Famous Authors and Their Pen Names

For centuries, writers have created pen names to publish their literary works. Adopting a pseudonym grants writers the ability to conceal their true identity for personal, political, and ethical reasons. Some of our literary world’s most beloved, bestselling authors have formulated their entire careers using alternative identities. Female writers, especially during the 19th century, have…

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The Top Book Each State Needed Help with the Most in 2017

With a new year getting kicked into gear, we figure what better way to move forward than to take a look at where we’ve been? We took a look at the most popular book searches per state in 2017 to determine which books students and readers sought the most help with when they visited eNotes.com. (Interested…

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A Year in Review: Top Literary Moments of 2017

Literarily speaking, 2017 was packed with as much drama as a bestselling novel. We saw dire dystopian books fly off the shelves, a piece of short fiction break the internet, and a trollish alt-right personality battle it out with an ex-publisher. There was scandalous “bestseller” manipulation—caught red-handed in real time—and gloves torn off for the…

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The Art of Reading Poetry

In fifth grade, my music teacher asked me to recite a poem during our holiday concert. This meant having to stand in front of my classmates, teachers, and parents, and, I guess, read? I practiced it, but practice always felt like a weird term for that. More like, read it over and over in my…

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