Where Detective Fiction all Began

"The analytical power should not be confounded with simple ingenuity; for while the analyst is necessarily ingenious, the ingenious man is often remarkably incapable of analysis. The constructive or combining power, by which ingenuity is usually manifested, and to which the phrenologists (I believe erroneously) have assigned a separate organ, supposing it a primitive faculty, …

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A Powerful Allegory Amid the Backdrop of the French Revolution

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" -Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities So begins Charles Dickens's (and possibly one of the world's) most famous historical fiction novels. Charles Dickens's opus is not only a historical fiction novel, though; it is a potent allegory of transformation in individuals. Dickens entertains …

The Classic and Hugely Influential Dystopian Novel

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." "Big Brother is watching you." "Two and two make five." -George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four Have you ever heard of "doublethink" or "memory hole"? Do "telescreen" or "Newspeak" ring a bell? If so, congratulations: you have experienced the influences of Nineteen Eighty-Four on the English language. If not, …

Classic Political Satire Using the Personification of Animals

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." "Four legs good, two legs bad." -George Orwell, Animal Farm Eric Arthur Blair, alias George Orwell, is famous for his literature Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. In Animal Farm, Orwell creates a parody of the Russian Revolution (and communism in general) by using …

Where Adventure and Social Satire Meet to Form an Unforgettable Story

"He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it -- namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain." -Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is collectively regarded with its sequel, Adventures …