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

Marcel Proust

Paris, 1913-1927

Henry David Thoreau

Boston, 1854

Kate Chopin

Chicago, 1899

Virginia Woolf

London, 1925

Upton Sinclair

New York, 1906

Franz Kafka

Leipzig, 1916

Robert Louis Stevenson

London, 1886

Herman Melville

London, 1851

Prosper Mérimée

Paris, 1845

Oscar Wilde

London and New York, 1891