Literature- Facts

The Abbe Constantin
Author: Ludovic Halevy
First Published: 1882
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Sentimental romance
Setting: France
Characters: Abbe Constantin, Jean Reynaud, Mrs. Scott, Miss Percival
Genres: Long fiction, Sentimental fiction, Novel
Subjects: France, Love or romance, Marriage, Villages, Castles, Priests

Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Author: Robert E. Sherwood
First Published: 1939
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Historical chronicle
Time of Work: 1831-1861
Setting: New Salem and Springfield, Illinois
Characters: Mentor Graham, Abe Lincoln, Ann Rutledge, Judge Bowling Green, Ninian Edwards, Joshua Speed, William Herndon, Mary Todd, Stephen A. Douglas, Seth Gale, Jimmie Gale
Genres: Drama, Biographical drama, History play
Subjects: North America or North Americans, United States or Americans, Abolitionists, Midwest, Civil War, Assassination, Democracy, Presidents, Heads of state, Debates

Absalom! Absalom!
Author: Faulkner
First Published: 1936
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Psychological realism
Setting: Mississippi
Characters: Thomas Sutpen, Ellen Coldfield Sutpen, Henry and Judith, Rosa Coldfield, Goodhue Coldfield, Charles Bon, Quentin Compson, Shreve McCannon
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
Subjects: Segregation or integration, Family, Genealogy, South or Southerners, Slavery or slaves, Civil War, Adultery

Adam Bede
Author: George Eliot
First Published: 1859
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Domestic realism and bildungsroman
Setting: England
Characters: Adam Bede, Seth Bede, Martin Poyser, Mrs. Poyser, Dinah Morris, Hetty Sorrel, Arthur Donnithorne
Genres: Long fiction, Domestic realism, Novel
Subjects: Love or romance, Murder, Social issues, Rural or country life, Obsession, Pregnancy, Ministry, Eighteenth century, Illegitimacy, Ethics, Carpentry or carpenters, Preaching, Fate or fatalism, Romanticism

The Admirable Crichton
Author: J.M. Barrie
First Published: 1902
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Satire
Setting: Mayfair, England; a desert island
Characters: The Earl of Loam, Lady Mary, Lady Catherine, Lady Agatha, The Hon. Ernest Woolley, William Crichton
Genres: Satire, Drama, Comedy
Subjects: Class conflict, Twentieth century, Class consciousness, England or English people, Islands, Lower classes, Servants, Nobility

The Aeneid
Author: Virgil
First Published: 1553
Type of Work: Poetry
Type of Plot: Epic
Setting: The Mediterranean
Characters: Aeneas, Dido, Anna, Ascanius, Anchises, Venus, Juno, Cumaean Sibyl, Latinus, Lavinia, Turnus, Evander, Pallas
Genres: Poetry, Epic, Narrative poetry
Subjects: Love or romance, War, Hell, Heroes, philosophy, Life and death, Rome, Braggarts, Oracles, Trojan War

The Age of Innocence
Author: Edith Wharton
First Published: 1920
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Social realism
Setting: New York City
Characters: Newland Archer, May Welland, Countess Ellen Olenska
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Fiction of manners, Novel
Subjects: Values, Love or romance, Social issues, Marriage, Social life, Obsession, Upper classes, Adultery, Divorce, Duty, Lawyers, Bohemianism, Gossip, Scandal, Peer pressure

Alcestis
Author: Euripides
First Published: 438
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragicomedy
Setting: Pherae, in ancient Greece
Characters: Apollo, Admetus, Alcestis, Thanatos, Hercules
Genres: Drama, Tragedy
Subjects: Death or dying, Gods or goddesses, Fate, Heroes, Sacrifice, Greece

Aleck Maury, Sportsman
Author: Caroline Gordon
First Published: 1934
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Social realism
Setting: Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Missouri
Characters: Aleck Maury, James Morris, Victoria, Julian, Mr. Fayerlee, Mrs. Fayerlee, Molly Fayerlee, Richard and Sarah or Sally, Steve
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Biographical fiction, Novel
Subjects: Teaching, Values, Family, Dogs, Southerners, Schools, Hunting, Fishing

Alice Adams
Author: Booth Tarkington
First Published: 1921
Time of Work: The post-World War I era
Setting: Indiana
Characters: Alice Adams, Virgil Adams, Walter Adams, Mrs. Adams, Mr. Arthur Russell
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Novel
Subjects: Social issues, Midwest, Hope, Small-town life, Entrepreneurship or entrepreneurs, Gossip

Alice in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
First Published: 1865
Type of Work: Short fiction
Type of Plot: Fantasy
Time of Work: Victorian era
Genres: Long fiction, Fantasy, Novel
Subjects: Girls, Other worlds, Dreams, Mental illness, Cats, England, Royalty, Imagination, Card games, Size or shape, Animals, Lobsters, Rabbits, Doors, Mushrooms

Amelia
Author: Henry Fielding
First Published: 1751
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Domestic realism
Setting: England
Characters: Captain William Booth, Amelia, Elizabeth Harris, Sergeant Atkinson, Dr. Harrison, Miss Matthews, Colonel James
Genres: Long fiction, Domestic realism, Novel
Subjects: Tricks, Prisoners, Prisons, Gambling, Marriage, Mistaken or secret identity, Adultery, Moral conditions, Soldiers

The American
Author: Henry James
First Published: 1876
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Psychological realism
Setting: Paris
Characters: Christopher Newman, Mr. Tristram, Mrs. Tristram, M. Nioche, Mlle Nioche, Madame de Bellegarde, Claire de Cintré, Marquis de Bellegarde, Valentin de Bellegarde, Mrs. Bread
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
Subjects: Values, Traveling or travelers, Nineteenth century, Paris, Aristocracy or aristocrats, Millionaires, Switzerland or Swiss people

A Rose for Emily
Author: Faulkner
First Published: 1930
Type of Plot: Gothic
Time of Work: About 1865-1924
Setting: Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi
Characters: Miss Emily Grierson, The unnamed narrator, Homer Barron, Tobe, Emily’s father, Colonel Sartoris
Genres: Short fiction, Gothic fiction
Subjects: Values, Tradition, South or Southerners, Psychology or psychologists, Death or dying, Aristocracy or aristocrats, Loneliness, Horror, Celibacy, Neuroses

Hamlet
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1600
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragedy
Setting: Elsinore, Denmark
Characters: Hamlet, The Ghost, Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius, Ophelia, Laertes, Horatio
Genres: Drama, Tragedy, Revenge tragedy
Subjects: Ghosts or apparitions, Incest, Revenge, Kings, queens, or royalty, Denmark or Danish people, Scandinavia or Scandinavians, Duels or dueling, Thirteenth century

Othello
First Published: 1604
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragedy
Setting: Venice and Cyprus
Characters: Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Cassio, Emilia
Genres: Drama, Tragedy
Subjects: Africa or Africans, Blacks, Love or romance, Murder or homicide, Marriage, Sixteenth century, Italy or Italians, Greece or Greek people

Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
First Published: 1818
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Gothic
Setting: Europe and the Arctic
Characters: Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth, William, Justine, Henry Clerval, The Monster
Genres: Long fiction, Science fiction, Gothic fiction, Horror literature, Novel
Subjects: Justice, Creation myth, Folkloric or magical people, Science or scientists, Emotions, Violence, Fear, Punishment, Revenge, Creative process, Identity, Loneliness, Conformity, Life and death, Eccentrics or eccentricities, Horror, Monsters, Mad scientists

The Lottery
Author: Shirley Jackson
First Published: 1948
Type of Plot: Gothic
Time of Work: The early twentieth century
Setting: A small town in New England
Characters: Tessie Hutchinson, Bill Hutchinson, Mr. Summers, Mr. Graves, Old Man Warner
Genres: Psychological fiction, Short fiction, Domestic realism, Satire, Gothic fiction, Parable, Suspense
Subjects: Racism, Gender roles, Psychology or psychologists, Marriage, Prejudices or antipathies, Alienation, Manners or customs, Reality, Victims, Small-town life

The Tell-Tale Heart
Author: Edgar Allen Poe
First Published: 1843
Type of Plot: Horror
Time of Work: The 1840’s
Setting: An American town or village
Characters: The narrator, The old Man
Genres: Short fiction, Mystery and detective literature, Gothic fiction, Horror literature
Subjects: Murder or homicide, Mental illness, Cruelty, Horror, Demoniac possession

The Return of the King
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
First Published: 1955
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Epic
Setting: Middle-earth, chiefly Gondor, Mordor, and the Shire
Characters: Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) and Peregrin Took (Pippin), Gandalf (Mithrandir), Aragorn (Elessar), Éomer, Éowyn, Denethor, Faramir, Gollum, Saruman (Sharkey), Sauron
Genres: Long fiction, Fantasy, Novel
Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, Traveling or travelers, Folkloric or magical people, Magic or magicians, Supernatural, Leadership, Friendship, War, Good and evil, Adventure, Heroes or heroism

The Waste Land
Author: T.S. Eliot
First Published: 1922
Type of Work: Poetry
Genres: Poetry, Narrative poetry, Symbolist literature
Subjects: Mythology or myths, Alienation, Death or dying, Folklore, Rites or ceremonies, Time, Knights or knighthood, Tarot, Modernism

Henry VIII
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1613
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Historical
Setting: England
Characters: King Henry VIII, Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal Campeius, Cranmer, Duke of Buckingham, Duke of Suffolk, Duke of Norfolk, Gardiner, Thomas Cromwell, Queen Katharine, Anne Boleyn
Genres: Drama, History play
Subjects: England or English people, Kings, queens, or royalty, Sixteenth century, Nobility, Royal courts or courtiers, Cardinals

Troilus and Cressida
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1601
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragedy
Setting: Troy
Characters: Priam, Hector and Troilus, Agamemnon, Achilles, Ulysses, Ajax, Diomedes, Pandarus, Cressida
Genres: Drama, Tragicomedy
Subjects: Love or romance, Betrayal, Jealousy, envy, or resentment, War, Heroes or heroism, Trojan War

The Stranger
Author: Albert Camus
First Published: 1942
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Existentialism
Setting: Algeria
Characters: Meursault, Marie Cardona, Raymond Sintes, Salamano
Genres: Long fiction, Existential literature, Philosophical realism, Novel
Subjects: Colonialism, Murder or homicide, Alienation, Capital punishment, Trials, Death, Funeral rites

A Separate Peace
Author: John Knowles
First Published: 1959
Type of Plot: Psychological naturalism
Time of Work: Summer and fall, 1942, and 1957
Setting: The Devon School, a boys’ prep school in New Hampshire, and Boston
Characters: Gene Forrester, Phineas (Finny), Brinker Hadley, Elwin Lepellier (Leper)
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Bildungsroman, Naturalistic literature, Novel
Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, Values, World War II, Friendship, Guilt, Jealousy, envy, or resentment, Fear, Upper classes, Accidents, Death or dying, Human behavior, Athletes, Students or student life, Private schools

Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
First Published: 1954
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Fable
Setting: An uninhabited tropical island
Characters: Ralph, Piggy, Sam and Eric, Jack Merridew, Simon
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Science fiction, Near future and distant future fiction, Robinsonade, Novel
Subjects: Power, personal or social, Politics, Murder, Superstition, Leadership, Future, Alienation, Emotions, Law, Violence, War, Islands, Death, Good and evil, Human behavior, Cruelty, Loneliness, Totalitarianism, Reason

Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
First Published: 1847
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Domestic realism
Setting: Northern England
Characters: Jane Eyre, Mrs. Reed, Bessie Leaven, Edward Rochester, St. John Rivers, Mary and Diana Rivers
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Bildungsroman, Domestic realism, Novel
Subjects: Values, Self-discovery, Class conflict, Romance, Gender roles, Superstition, Blindness, Marriage, Mistaken identity, Missionaries, Individuality, God, Emotions, Mental illness, Ministry, Upper classes, Death, Inheritance, Faith, Orphans, Fire, Shyness

Coriolanus
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1607
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragedy
Setting: Rome, Corioli, and Antium
Characters: Caius Marcius Coriolanus, Titus Lartius and Cominius, Menenius Agrippa, Tullus Aufidius, Sicinius Velutus and Junius Brutus, Volumnia, Virgilia
Genres: Drama, Tragedy
Subjects: Class conflict, War, Rome, Nobility

Demian
Author: Hermann Hesse
First Published: 1919
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Bildungsroman
Setting: Germany
Characters: Emil Sinclair, Max Demian, Beatrice, Franz Kromer, Pistorius, Knauer, Frau Eva
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Bildungsroman, Novel
Subjects: Coming of age, Children, Self-discovery, Philosophy, Adolescence, Psychology or psychologists, Religion, Friendship, Guilt, Individuality, God, Spirituality, Obsession, Blackmail, Good and evil, Symbolism, Gods, World War I, Painting, Idealism, biblical imagery, Students or student life, Theology, Soul, Signs or symbols

Anna Karenina
Author: Leo Tolstoy
First Published: 1875
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Social realism
Setting: Russia
Characters: Anna Karenina, Alexei Karenin, Count Vronsky, Stepan Oblonsky, Kitty Shtcherbatsky, Konstantine Levin
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Novel
Subjects: Love or romance, Suicide, Marriage, Pregnancy, Adultery,

Daughters of the Late Colonel
Author: Katherine Mansfield
First Published: 1921
Type of Plot: Psychological
Time of Work: The early twentieth century
Setting: England
Characters: Josephine “Jug” Pinner, Constantia “Con” Pinner, Kate
Genres: Psychological fiction, Short fiction
Subjects: Parents and children, Fear, Fathers, Sisters, Death or dying, Servants, Captivity, Celibacy, Obedience

Moby-Dick
Author: Melville
First Published: 1851
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Adventure
Setting: High seas
Characters: Ishmael, Queequeg, Ahab, Starbuck, Stubb, Fedallah
Genres: Long fiction, Adventure, Sea story, Novel
Subjects: Nature, Antiheroes, Ships, Sailing Amputation, amputees, prosthetics, Sea, Romanticism, Tattoos, Whales or whaling

The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
First Published: 1925
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Social realism
Setting: New York City and Long Island, New York
Characters: Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, Jay Gatsby
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Novel
Subjects: Class consciousness, Honesty, Upper classes, Accidents, Drinking or drunkenness, Corruption, Gangsters, Organized crime, Millionaires, Parties, 1920’s

Don Quixote
Author: de Cervantes
First Published: 1605
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Mock-heroic
Setting: Spain
Characters: Title Character, Sancho Panza, Aldonza Lorenzo, Pedro Perez, Master Nicholas, Samson Carrasco
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Picaresque fiction, Adventure, Novel
Subjects: Villages, Books, Hallucinations or illusions, Knights, Chivalry

Iliad
Author: Homer
First Published: 750
Type of Work: Poetry
Type of Plot: Epic
Setting: Troy
Characters: Priam, Hector, Helen of Troy, Paris, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Achilles, Patroclus
Genres: Poetry, Epic, Narrative poetry
Subjects: Mythology, War, Royalty, Legends, Gods, Heroes, Battles, Trojan War, Bronze Age

Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
First Published: 1813
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Domestic realism
Time of Work: The early nineteenth century
Setting: Hertfordshire, Derbyshire, Kent, and London, England
Characters: Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Bennet, Jane Bennet, Charles Bingley, Charlotte Lucas, William Collins, George Wickham
Genres: Long fiction, Fiction of manners, Bourgeois fiction, Novel
Subjects: Family, Parents and children, Social issues, Marriage, Prejudices, Class consciousness, Manners or customs, Sisters, Money, Soldiers, Conformity, Gossip, Pretensions, Dating

1984
Author: George Orwell
First Published: 1949
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Science fiction
Setting: London
Characters: Winston Smith, Julia, O’Brien, Mr. Charrington
Genres: Long fiction, Science fiction, Satire, Political fiction, Dystopian fiction, Near future and distant future fiction, Novel
Subjects: Dictators, Language, Values, Power, personal vs. social, Romance, Sex or sexuality, Future, Truth, Identity, Science fiction, Government, Conformity, Totalitarianism, Brainwashing

Ulysses
Author: James Joyce
First Published: 1922
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Epic
Setting: Dublin
Characters: Stephen Dedalus, Buck Mulligan, Leopold Bloom, Marion “Molly” Tweedy Bloom, Blazes Boylan
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
Subjects: Writers, Literature, Marriage, Jews, Adultery, Creative process, Drinking or drunkenness, Heroes, Consciousness, Ireland

Romeo and Juliet
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1595
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragedy
Setting: Verona, Italy
Characters: Title Character, Other Title Character, Friar Lawrence, Mercutio, Tybalt
Genres: Drama, Tragedy
Subjects: Love or romance, Suicide, Marriage, Death, Fate, Masks, Weddings, Duels, Feuds

The Merchant of Venice
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1596
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragicomedy
Setting: Venice
Characters: Shylock, Portia, Antonio, Bassanio, Nerissa, Gratiano, Jessica, Lorenzo
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Tragedy, Tragicomedy
Subjects: Discrimination, Justice, Love or romance, Marriage, Christianity, Revenge, Wealth, Judaism, Merchants, Persecution

The Canterbury Tales
Author: Chaucer
Type of Work: Poetry
Type of Plot: Romance, farce, and fable
Setting: The pilgrimage road between London and Canterbury
Characters: Chaucer, Harry Bailly, The Knight, Robin, Alison, The Nun’s Priest
Genres: Short fiction, Poetry, Frame story, Narrative poetry, Exemplum, Fabliau
Subjects: Husbands, Wives, Romance, Marriage, Sin, Religion, Storytelling, Adultery, Christianity, Human behavior, Catholics, Clergy, Afterlife, Pilgrimages, Morality, Middle Ages, Monasteries, Priests, Knights, Nuns, Chivalry

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
First Published: 1884
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Satire
Time of Work: Nineteenth century
Setting: Along the Mississippi River
Characters: Title Character, Tom Sawyer, Jim, Pap Finn, Duke, Widow Douglas
Genres: Long fiction, Satire, Adventure
Subjects: Adolescence, Southerners, Slavery, Rivers, Small-town life, Boys, Runaway children, Fraud, Impostors

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Author: Mark Twain
First Published: 1876
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Adventure
Setting: St. Petersburg, Missouri
Characters: Title Character, Aunt Polly, Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper, Becky Thatcher, Injun Joe, Muff Potter
Genres: Long fiction, Satire, Adventure, Children’s literature, Novel
Subjects: Family, Romance, Murder, Nature, Betrayal, Friendship, Native Americans, Islands, Death, Small-town life, Funeral rites, Boys, Runaway children, Cemeteries, Caves

The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
First Published: 1850
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Psychological realism
Setting: Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Characters: Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, Pearl
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
Subjects: Colonies, Mistaken or secret identity, Guilt, Ministers, Adultery, Christianity, Punishment, Good and evil, Revenge, Illegitimacy, Sermons, Gossip, Atonement, Needlework

A Streetcar Named Desire
Author: Tennessee Williams
First Published: 1947
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragedy
Setting: New Orleans, Louisiana
Characters: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley, Steve Hubbell, Harold Mitchell (Mitch), Pablo Gonzales, Eunice Hubbell
Genres: Realism, Drama, Tragedy
Subjects: Sex or sexuality, Southerners, Marriage, Prostitution, Rape

Our Town
Author: Thornton Wilder
First Published: 1938
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Symbolism
Setting: Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire
Characters: Dr. Gibbs, Mrs. Gibbs, George and Rebecca, Mr. Webb, Mrs. Webb, Emily and Wally, Simon Stimson
Genres: Domestic realism, Drama
Subjects: Love or romance, Marriage, Death or dying, Small-town life, Afterlife

Crime and Punishment
Author: Dostoevsky
First Published: 1866
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Psychological realism
Setting: Russia
Characters: Raskolnikov, Dounia, Sonia, Porfiry, Razumihin
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
Subjects: Prisoners, Crime, Murder, Prostitution, Detectives, Ethics, Students, Paranoia

The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane
First Published: 1895
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Psychological realism
Setting: A battlefield
Characters: Henry Fleming, Jim Conklin, Wilson
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Bildungsroman, Impressionistic literature, Novel
Subjects: Maturation, Tradition, Southerners, Courage, Friendship, Guilt, Violence, Fear, Civil War, Self-confidence, Duty, Military life, Heroes, Soldiers, Naivete, Battles

Billy Budd: Foretopman
Author: Melville
First Published: 1924
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Symbolic realism
Setting: Aboard a British man-of-war
Characters: Billy Budd, Captain Vere, Claggart
Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Allegory, Sea story, Novella
Subjects: Class conflict, Religion, God, Christianity, Good and evil, Symbolism, Ships, Sailing, Sea, Adventure, Mutiny

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1595
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Comedy
Setting: Athens
Characters: Theseus, Lysander and Demetrius, Bottom, Hippolyta, Hermia, Helena, Oberon, Titania, Puck
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Subjects: Changelings or cuckoos, Folkloric people, Love or romance, Supernatural, Marriage, Mistaken identity, Fairies

Pygmalion
Author: Shaw
First Published: 1913
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Comedy
Setting: London
Characters: Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle, Alfred Doolittle, Colonel Pickering, Mrs. Pearce, Freddy Eynsford Hill
Genres: Drama, Problem play, Comedy
Subjects: Language, Class conflict, Love or romance, Class consciousness, Lower classes, Speech, Grammar

Julius Caesar
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1599
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragedy
Setting: Rome
Characters: Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, Marcus Brutus, Caius Cassius, Portia, Calpurnia
Genres: Drama, History play, Tragedy
Subjects: Murder, Assassination, Conspiracies, Heads of state

War and Peace
Author: Tolstoy
First Published: 1865
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Historical
Setting: Russia
Characters: Pierre Bezuhov, Natasha Rostova, Nikolay Rostov, Andrey Bolkonsky, Hélène Kuragina Bezuhova, Anatole Kuragin, Princess Marya Bolkonskaya, Old Prince Bolkonsky, Kutuzov, Napoleon Bonaparte
Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
Subjects: Love or romance, Marriage, Pregnancy, War, Death, Illegitimacy, Ambition, Aristocracy, Military life, Gossip, Napoleonic Wars

The Three Musketeers
Author: Dumas
First Published: 1844
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Historical
Setting: France
Characters: D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, Constance Bonancieux, Cardinal Richelieu, Lady de Winter
Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Adventure, Novel
Subjects: Justice, Politics, Love or romance, Crime, Friendship, Law, England, Royalty, Kidnapping, Adventure, Heroes, Soldiers, Duels, Nobility, Cardinals

A Farewell to Arms
Author: Hemingway
First Published: 1929
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Impressionistic realism
Setting: Northern Italy and Switzerland
Characters: Frederic Henry, Catherine Barkley
Genres: Long fiction, Impressionistic literature, Novel
Subjects: Values, Love or romance, Escapes, Pregnancy, Moral conditions, World War I, Fate, Soldiers, Nursing

Vanity Fair
Author: Thackeray
First Published: 1847
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Social satire
Setting: England and Europe
Characters: Becky Sharp, Amelia Sedley, Joseph Sedley (Jos), Rawdon Crawley, Miss Crawley, Old Sir Pitt Crawley, Young Sir Pitt Crawley, George Osborne, Captain William Dobbin
Genres: Long fiction, Satire, Fiction of manners, Novel
Subjects: Murder, Marriage, Friendship, Social life, Upper classes, Corruption, Adventure, Satire, Napoleonic Wars

To Kill A Mockingbird
Author: Lee
First Published: 1960
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Bildungsroman
Setting: Alabama
Characters: Atticus Finch, Scout (Jean Louise), Jem (Jeremy Atticus), Boo (Arthur) Radley
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Bildungsroman, Novel
Subjects: African Americans, Girls, Justice, Coming of age, Segregation, Children, Parents, Racism, Southerners, Prejudices, Trials, Rape, Law, Violence, Fathers, Lawyers, Small-town life, Alabama, Heroes, Toleration, 1930’s

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Author: Hemingway
First Published: 1940
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Impressionistic realism
Setting: Spain
Characters: Robert Jordan, Pablo, Pilar, Maria, Anselmo
Genres: Long fiction, Impressionistic literature, Novel
Subjects: Love or romance, Courage, Guerrilla warfare, Civil wars, Gypsies, Bridges, 1930’s

The Grapes of Wrath
Author: Steinbeck
First Published: 1939
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Social realism
Setting: Midwestern United States and California
Characters: Tom Joad, Jr., Pa Joad, Ma Joad, Rose of Sharon (Rosasharn), Jim Casy
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Novel
Subjects: Suffering, Social issues, Economic Depression, Despair, Hope, Poverty, West, Farmers, Death, Migrant labor

Lolita
Author: Nabokov
First Published: 1955
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Satire
Setting: France and numerous small American towns
Characters: Humbert Humbert, Dolores Haze, Charlotte Becker Haze Humbert, Clare Quilty, Rita, Miss Pratt, Richard F. Schiller, Annabel Leigh, Valeria Humbert, John Ray, Jr.
Genres: Long fiction, Satire, Novel
Subjects: Sex, Murder, Jealousy, envy, or resentment, Obsession, Kidnapping, Voyeurism

A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
First Published: 1859
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Historical
Setting: France and England
Characters: Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton, Miss Pross, Madame Defarge, Monsieur Defarge
Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
Subjects: Values, Love or romance, Social issues, Secret identity, Trials, London, Paris, Adventure, French Revolution, Sacrifice

Little Women
Author: Alcott
First Published: 1868
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Didactic
Setting: A New England village, New York City, and Italy
Characters: Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Mrs. March or Marmee, Mr. March, Theodore Laurence or Laurie, Professor Bhaer
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Bildungsroman, Domestic realism, Didactic literature, Novel
Subjects: Maturation/coming of age, Values, Family, Mothers, Parents and children, Love or romance, Gender roles, Marriage, Villages, Friendship, Manners, Social life, Poverty, Civil War, Sisters, Women, Death, Small-town life, Work, Sacrifice, Materialism, Career women, Victorian era, Women’s issues

As You Like It
Author: Shakespeare
First Published: 1599
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Comedy
Setting: Forest of Arden, France
Characters: The Banished Duke, Frederick, Oliver, Orlando, Adam, Touchstone, Rosalind, Celia
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Pastoral
Subjects: Love or romance, Exile, Marriage, Mistaken or secret identity, Forests, Middle Ages, Nobility, Clowns

Odyssey
Author: Homer
First Published: 725
Type of Work: Poetry
Type of Plot: Epic
Setting: Greece and Mediterranean lands
Characters: Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus
Genres: Poetry, Epic, Narrative poetry
Subjects: Language, Husbands, Wives, Africa, Traveling, Voyages, Mythology, Poetry, War, Legends, Folklore, Gods and goddesses, Reading, Sea, Egypt, Adventure, Heroes, Life and death, Antarctica, Fables, Trojan War

Heart of Darkness
Author: Conrad
First Published: 1899
Type of Work: Novella
Type of Plot: Psychological realism
Setting: Belgian Congo
Characters: Marlow, Mr. Kurtz, The District Manager, A Russian Traveler, Kurtz’s Fiancé
Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Frame story, Novel
Subjects: Africa, Traveling, Colonialism, Murder, Antiheroes, Mental illness, Oppression, Good and evil, Greed, Symbolism, Rivers, Corruption, Adventure, Steamboats

Pilgrim’s Progress
Author: Bunyan
First Published: 1678
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Allegory
Setting: Unnamed
Characters: Christian, Faithful, Hopeful, Mr. Worldly Wiseman, Evangelist, Despair, Ignorance, Apollyon
Genres: Long fiction, Allegory, Didactic literature, Dream vision, Novel
Subjects: Values, Voyages, Educators, Sin or Original sin, Friendship, Guilt, Dreams, Spiritual life, Emotions, Christianity, Parables, Faith, Biblical symbolism, Adventure, Philosophy of Life, Pilgrims, Puritans, Heaven, Belief or doubt

David Copperfield
Author: Dickens
First Published: 1849
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Bildungsroman
Setting: England
Characters: David Copperfield, Clara, Miss Betsey Trotwood, Clara Peggotty, Mr. Daniel Peggotty, Emily, Ham, Mr. Murdstone, Miss Jane Murdstone, Mr. Creakle, James Steerforth, Tommy Traddles, Mr. Wilkins Micawber, Mr. Wickfield, Agnes Wickfield, Uriah Heep, Mr. Spenlow, Dora Spenlow, Mr. Dick
Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Bildungsroman, Novel
Subjects: Justice, Maturation or coming of age, Family, Self-discovery, Love or romance, Authors, Social issues, Autobiography, Friendship, Abandoned children, Schools, Poverty, Theft, Stepfamily, Abandonment, Boys, Victorian era

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Author: Garcia Marquez
First Published: 1967
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Magical Realism
Setting: Macondo, a town in Latin America
Characters: José Arcadio Buendía, Úrsula Iguarán, Melquíades, Colonel Aureliano Buendía, José Arcadio Buendía, Amaranta, Rebeca, Pietro Crespi, Aureliano Segundo and José Arcadio Segundo, Remedios the Beauty, Aureliano, Aureliano
Genres: Long fiction, Magical Realism, Novel
Subjects: Family, Sex, Supernatural, Revolutions, Ghosts, Fantasy, Small-town life, Fate, Gypsies

Antigone
Author: Sophecles
First Published: 441
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Tragedy
Setting: Thebes
Characters: Antigone, Creon, The Chorus, Ismene, Haemon
Genres: Drama, Mythological literature, Tragedy
Subjects: Mythology, Suicide, Gods or goddesses, Heroes, Prophecy, Heads of state, Oracles, Tyrants

Faust
Author: Goethe
First Published: 1829
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Philosophical
Setting: The world
Characters: Faust, Gretchen, Mephistopheles, Wagner, Helen of Troy, Homunculus
Genres: Poetry, Drama, Verse drama
Subjects: Magic, Sin, Apparitions, Spiritual life, Beauty, Christianity, Good and evil, Faustian bargains, Spiritualism, Hell, Demons, Demonology, Demoniac possession

The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Dumas
First Published: 1844
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Adventure
Setting: France, Italy, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East
Characters: Edmond Dantès, Mercédès, Fernand Mondego, M. Danglars, M. Villefort, Valentine, Abbé Faria, Caderousse, M. Morrel, Maximilian, Albert, Haidée
Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Adventure, Novel
Subjects: Justice, History, Politics, Prisoners, Love, Criminals, Escapes, Secret identity, Islands, Revenge, Greed, Sailing, Adventure, Wealth, Duels, Treasure

A Doll’s House
Author: Ibsen
First Published: 1879
Type of Work: Drama
Type of Plot: Social realism
Setting: Norway
Characters: Torvald Helmer, Nora Helmer, Mrs. Linde, Krogstad, Dr. Rank
Genres: Social realism, Drama, Problem play, Domestic tragedy
Subjects: Marriage, Blackmail, Women, Dancing, Money, Banks, Heredity, Christmas, New Year, Shopping, Women’s rights

Robinson Crusoe
Author: Defoe
First Published: 1719
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Adventure
Setting: An island off the coast of South America and the Several Seas
Characters: Robinson Crusoe, Friday
Genres: Long fiction, Adventure, Robinsonade, Novel
Subjects: Values, Voyages, Nature, Religion, Friendship, God, Islands, Servants, Sea, Shipwrecks, Loneliness, Castaways, Separation, Cannibalism, Mutiny, Fables, Survival

Animal Farm
Author: Orwell
First Published: 1945
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Satire
Setting: England
Characters: Mr. Jones, Old Major, Boxer, Mollie, Benjamin, Moses, Snowball, Napoleon, Squealer
Genres: Long fiction, Satire, Allegory, Fantasy, Animal tale, Novel
Subjects: Dictators, Language, Power, personal vs. social, Communism, Politics, Revolutions, Farms, Pigs, Corruption, Totalitarianism, Horses, Utopias, Animals

The Call of the Wild
Author: London
First Published: 1903
Type of Work: Novel
Type of Plot: Adventure
Setting: Alaska
Characters: Buck, Spitz, John Thornton
Genres: Long fiction, Bildungsroman, Adventure, Novel
Subjects: Values, Dogs, Nature, Death, Good and evil, Human behavior, Ice, Arctic, Wolves, Yukon, Gold mines, Prospecting, Wildlife, Snow