So maybe you don’t want to write about Great Expectations on your next AP exam. With no disrespect to Charles Dickens, it’s true that it can be difficult to get into some of the classic novels that seem to be the best fit for a literature exam. Guess what? All of these novels are enjoyable to read and safe for use on an AP test! Continue Reading ›
With the release of the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Potterheads everywhere can rejoice in one final installation of this epic tale. We used this as a chance to revisit some of the most iconic words uttered throughout the series—spells, charms, and curses—and find the root of their meaning. Continue Reading ›
When they’re not out trying to catch ’em all, the eNotes staff are an elusive bunch. These fantastic enigmas dwell in the depths of Capitol Hill in the heart of Seattle, and spend their days click-click-clacking away behind bright Mac screens to decipher Shakespeare, answering your homework questions, and digging up free money for students. In between celebrating literary holidays and battling the feels, these majestic beings drink in the words of countless literary beasts, ruthlessly ravaging mountains of text. Whether the fantastic beasts are the eNotes staff or the books they’re reading…well, that’s up to you.
On this day in 1933, Cormac McCarthy was born. The great American novelist moved around a lot, and served in the Air Force for four years. After returning to the University of Tennessee in 1957, he was awarded an Ingram-Merrill Award for creative writing. He has published ten novels and has an eleventh on the way.
Born in Chile on July 12, 1904, we recognize Pablo Neruda 112 years later as a political activist and eclectic poet. As a Communist holding several Chilean governmental posts, Neruda faced danger when Radical Party presidential candidate Gabriel González Videla turned against the Communist Party. Continue Reading ›
“There is a cost in disrupting the status quo, but what is the cost if we do nothing?”
This question was asked by Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge and When Women Were Birds, during a reading and book-signing in Seattle, WA in June 2016. Continue Reading ›