Happy Birthday, Tennessee: 10 Famous Tennessee Williams Quotes

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Tennessee Williams was born on this day in 1911. Decades after his time on earth, his works such as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are still referenced in pop culture (“STELLAAAAAAA…!”) and taught in high schools around the globe.

Here are ten of our favorite quotes that reflect William’s voice and inner turmoil, showing that not only your strong passions, but that overwhelming frustrations can be a turning point in your life filling you with inspiration.  Continue Reading ›

A Fun Introduction to History: Books That Give an Insight to Days Gone By

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Books are passports to other worlds, no matter how cheesy that sounds. With that in mind, there’s something particularly fascinating about works of fiction that take encompass times and events that really occurred. That isn’t to say that novels taking place outside the realm of real life aren’t wonderful—they are, but to be able to pick up a book and see what it was truly like to live as an average person during, say, the reign of King Henry VIII and the break with the Catholic Church? Well, that is something the average person would never be able to do without the help of author-historians. Continue Reading ›

How Is Shakespeare Still Relevant 400 Years After His Death? Tell Us…And Win $400!

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Without William Shakespeare, it is likely that eNotes.com would not exist—and what a sad world that would be!

We started out ten years ago as purely a Shakespeare site, and over the years have added thousands of other authors, tens of thousands of book summaries and analyses, and new services like our rapidly-growing Homework Help. Continue Reading ›

The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat Flying Through Time

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In Port Townsend—a charming, sleepy, coastal town nestled in the northeastern end of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula—a piece of history is being remastered and preserved. The Western Flyer, a 77-foot fishing boat built in 1937, sits docked at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op as she undergoes restoration. Continue Reading ›

Jack Kerouac: American Literary Baddie to the Stars

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Today we’re going to talk about an American legend: Jack Kerouac. Jack was a pretty amazing writer, not just in the work he created but also in his methodology for doing so. Like so many of us, he was not a big fan of the revision and re-write process. He was also invested in the New York Jazz scene, and at the time that was about as cool as having backstage passes to a Justin Bieber concert, amirite? (I don’t actually know what the cool kids listen to…I still like jazz.)

Read on to learn a bit about this literary icon, his books, and what makes him continue to be a big name on the list of American writers. Continue Reading ›

A Library of Irish Gold: Contemporary Irish Authors

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This St. Patrick’s Day bring on the corned beef and cabbage…and books!

In honor of this wonderful holiday, we thought we’d focus on literature from Ireland. Even if you’re familiar with books that hail from the Irish lands, hopefully you’ll learn something new about these authors and the origins of their works. So sit back, pour yourself a cuppa’, and learn about some truly intriguing these Irish lads and lasses. Continue Reading ›