ANONYMOUS  Beowulf (ca. 1000) Beowulf is the longest and most complete surviving poem in Old English. The work probably circulated orally for centuries before being written down by scribes around the year 1000. It consists of 3,182 lines of alliterative verse. The poem’s plot, is straightforward and has the quality of a folktale, following recognizable… Continue reading ANONYMOUS Beowulf

Literary Authors

Abandonment in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Abandonment in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou’s autobiographical novel opens with three-year-old Maya and her four-year-old bother Bailey traveling alone across the United States wearing wrist tags that read “To Whom It May Concern.” The siblings are being sent away from their newly divorced parents to live with their paternal grandmother,… Continue reading Abandonment in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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ANDERSON, SHERWOOD Winesburg, Ohio (1919)

ANDERSON, SHERWOOD Winesburg, Ohio (1919) Winesburg, Ohio, is a cycle comprising 21 short stories plus one prefatory story, “The Book of the Grotesque.” That initial story introduces the concept that runs through the rest of the stories: People dominated by one idea become grotesque, even if that one idea is true. The stories, each focusing… Continue reading ANDERSON, SHERWOOD Winesburg, Ohio (1919)