Literature

Psychologist: 8 Ways Parents Can Get a Child to Read

Psychologist: 8 Ways Parents Can Get a Child to Read

Is there a way for parents to encourage reading habits in children who may have learned to handle simple texts, but aren’t turning into avid readers?

Walt Whitman’s (Surprising) Advice to Would-Be Writers

Walt Whitman’s (Surprising) Advice to Would-Be Writers

Three pieces of writing advice from the “Leaves of Grass” poet. 

Brutal Reviews of Shakespeare from the 1600s

Brutal Reviews of Shakespeare from the 1600s

These reviews of 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' and 'Hamlet' are not kind.

Students Today: Minds without ‘Furniture’

Students Today: Minds without ‘Furniture’

Don't expect them to answer basic questions about their own civilization. 

7 Timeless Life Lessons from Marcus Aurelius

7 Timeless Life Lessons from Marcus Aurelius

Wise was he. (So spend five minutes on his couch.)

Can You Solve These Medieval Riddles?

Can You Solve These Medieval Riddles?

'No one can hold me in his palms or sight: I scatter sudden clatter far and wide. I want to hammer oaks with...'

Daniel Webster’s Secret to Intellectual Growth
Shakespeare: More Beneficial than Self-Help Books?
Surprised (and Saddened) by Joy

Surprised (and Saddened) by Joy

'I came away...not only repulsed by her but actually questioning the very judgment and goodness of C.S. Lewis.'

How Machiavellian Are You?

How Machiavellian Are You?

Is it better to be feared or loved? Let's see how much Machiavelli you have in you!

That Alexander Hamilton Had One Messed Up Childhood

That Alexander Hamilton Had One Messed Up Childhood

But his Dickensian upbringing is not the most amazing part of the story.

Bedtime Stories Help Kids—So Ban Them?

Bedtime Stories Help Kids—So Ban Them?

How does that make sense?

Who Wrote This Medieval Literary Classic?

Who Wrote This Medieval Literary Classic?

Can you match these nine famous medieval authors to their works?

Why are So Many Movies Based on Children’s Classics So Bad?
Can You Pass This American Literature Quiz from 1911?

Can You Pass This American Literature Quiz from 1911?

American high schoolers used these questions to review and prepare for tests such as the New York Regents exam.

Homer’s ‘Iliad’ is a Morality Tale

Homer’s ‘Iliad’ is a Morality Tale

The message the poet means to convey in his epic are not historical facts, but eternal moral truths.

Solzhenitsyn, Suffering, and the Meaning of Life

Solzhenitsyn, Suffering, and the Meaning of Life

The purpose of life is not worldly riches and the creature comforts they can purchase. Such trinkets can never satisfy the needs of the soul.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Hope for the Modern World

J.R.R. Tolkien's Hope for the Modern World

It rested in the idea that God makes nothing in vain, and that Grace perfects fallen nature.

What Parents can do to Make Children Great Writers

What Parents can do to Make Children Great Writers

Statistics show that nearly three out of four high school seniors are unable to attain proficiency in writing.

The strange history of ‘Mein Kampf’ in France

The strange history of ‘Mein Kampf’ in France

The first French edition of “Mein Kampf” was published in 1934 by an eccentric, right-wing publisher named Fernand Sorlot.

Orwell on Why Politicians Resort to Euphemisms

Orwell on Why Politicians Resort to Euphemisms

An insight from his 1945 essay "Politics and the English Language".

3 Reasons Why Kids Should Read Classic Stories

3 Reasons Why Kids Should Read Classic Stories

The head of a prominent reading organization just bashed classic stories... is she misguided?

Can You Name The Classic Novel By Its Last Line?

Can You Name The Classic Novel By Its Last Line?

Quiz time! How well do you know your literary classics? 

3 Reasons Why Laura Ingalls Wilder Was a Good Writer

3 Reasons Why Laura Ingalls Wilder Was a Good Writer

It’s no surprise that today’s schools aren’t teaching these things.

Absolute Comfort Corrupts Absolutely

Absolute Comfort Corrupts Absolutely

The best and clearest way that I can exemplify the harmful effects of distraction-addiction is to recall my experience in prison.

8 Penetrating Quotes from Elie Wiesel

8 Penetrating Quotes from Elie Wiesel

From the recently deceased Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.

13 Sublime Quotes from Emerson on Self-Reliance

13 Sublime Quotes from Emerson on Self-Reliance

Emerson's odd philosophy of self-reliance can be better understood in its proper context.

Can You Recognize The Book By Only One Single Detail?

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