19th Century Patriarchy-Defying Prose and Poems: Works of Austen and Dickinson

Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson, two of the most influential female writers in literature, continue to comment on the man’s world of today more than 200 years later. While they didn’t cross paths in their lifetimes (Dickinson was born 13 years after Austen’s death), they led strikingly similar lives. Both were the second daughters of well-respected…

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10 Simple Study Strategies for Finals

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer and final exam fear! Perhaps you’ve been here before, recognizing that the only thing standing in the way of your highly anticipated winter break are a few assessments that demand your time and attention. It can be a daunting realization that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and anxious. We understand…

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Seattle: City of Literature and Our Bookworm’s Guide to Enjoying the City

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced in October that Seattle has been designated a City of Literature. After five years of attempting to secure a bid, Seattle City of Literature finally achieved its goal. Seattle now joins an exclusive group of culturally creative cities across the globe and is the second…

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To Teach a Mockingbird? Let’s Discuss

A school district in Biloxi, Mississippi, recently made waves when it decided to pull Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from required reading in its school. The reason? The language made students “uncomfortable.” Banning books has long been a problem in the United States and one that (justifiably) infuriates the general public. If we are a…

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New! eNotes Goodies: Homepage, iOS App, and Dashboard

Not only are we busy writing new study guides, answering hundreds of questions per day, and meticulously conquering comma splices, we’ve also been sprucing up key areas of our site. An overarching goal is to always be making eNotes even easier to use and more valuable to our users (sheesh, humblebrag much?), so we’re excited to…

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