Literary Classics

Step on board the ill-fated Pequod to hunt down an elusive white whale, fall down a rabbit hole and explore a world of wonder, or spend your afternoon as a giant among Lilliputians. Let our literary classics summaries transport you to other worlds. Go beyond the book to learn about the historical settings in which authors were writing, understand why their texts are important and see how their narratives became permanent cultural touchstones for subsequent generations.

Summaries

E. M. Forster

London, 1910

Alexandre Dumas

Paris, 1844

James Joyce

London, 1914-1915

F. Scott Fitzgerald

New York, 1925

Louisa May Alcott

Boston, 1868/69

Charles Dickens

London, 1860/61

Mark Twain

London/Montreal, 1884

Upton Sinclair

New York, 1906

Henry David Thoreau

Boston, 1854

Marcel Proust

Paris, 1913-1927