Summer Reading: That's a Novel Idea!

Summer beach reading is the perfect opportunity to read the classics at your leisure. Whether you go techie with an e-reader or savor every turn of the page, don every interruption with the perfect dog-ear; nothing is better than getting lost in a timeless novel. Lose yourself in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Transport yourself into the Depression with The Grapes of Wrath. March to the different beat of Jack Keroauc’s On the Road. Or hang out with Emily Bronte in Wuthering Heights.

These classics used to be required reading in many high schools and colleges. If these books are not on your home or digital bookshelf, they should definitely be contenders for your summer reading pleasure. Rediscover and be an advocate for the classics for a new generation and encourage those who haven't yet to read these timeless novels, savoring every word!

The Things They Carried (1990), O'Brien

Excerpts: The Things They Carried

Conversing with Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried: Summary

The Great Gatsby (1925), Fitzgerald

Gatsby: Plot Summary and Character List

Fitzgerald Biography

Graphic Organizer: The Great Gatsby: Characters

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird: Audio Book read by Sissy Spacek

To Kill A Mockingbird: Summary and Analysis

The Big Read: Harper Lee Biography

1984 (1949), Orwell

George Orwell Biography

1984: First Three Chapters

1984: Summaries & Interpretations

The Grapes of Wrath (1939), Steinbeck

Bio: Center for Steinbeck Studies

Study Guide: The Grapes of Wrath

On the Road (1957), Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac Bio: The Road Revisited

Kerouac Companion Site "On the Road"

The Catcher in the Rye (1951), Salinger

Catcher in the Rye: Characters/Conflict/Themes/Style

The Beat: J.D. Salinger Bio Essay

Study Guide: Catcher in the Rye

The Trial (1925), Kafka

Franz Kafka Biography

The Kafka Project

Wuthering Heights (1847), Bronte

Entire Text of Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights Themes

Emily Bronte Biography

Animal Farm (1946), Orwell

Complete Text of Animal Farm

Animal Farm Summary/Significance/Cultural References

Animal Farm: Character Comparison to Russian Revolution

Frankenstein (1818), Shelley

A Cultural History of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

1818 and 1831 Editions of Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Biography/Critical Essay/Letters

Crime and Punishment (1866), Dostoyevsky

Mapping Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment: Characters/Summary/Study Guide

Dostoyevsky Biography

The Stranger (1946), Camus

Albert Camus Biography

The Stranger: Summary and Reflection

The Stranger: Full Text

The Sun Also Rises (1926), Hemingway

Perspectives in American Literature: Ernest Hemingway

Nobel Prize in Literature 1954: Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises Study Questions





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