- Based on your requests, we've upgraded our coverage of this classic allegory
- Find our totally revamped Symbolism and Allegory page – mapping key events from the novel to historical events
- Check out our deeper character analyses – outlining which characters represented which historical figures
- "Acquainted with the Night", by Robert Frost
- "The Hollow Men", by T.S. Eliot
- "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- "The Weary Blues", by Langston Hughes
- "The World Is Too Much with Us", by William Wordsworth
- Arrow of God, by Chinua Achebe
- "Babylon Revisited", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "The Birthmark", by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy
- Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
- Ghosts, by Henrik Ibsen
- Medea, by Euripides
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, by Edward Albee
Movie-lovers take note. We’ve just added 3 titles in literature that spawned recent major motion pictures (All the King’s Men, Beowulf, and Benjamin Button). Wanna know how the film version stacks up to the novel? Shmoop will give you the low-down. So, grab a bucket of popcorn and check out our new arrivals.
New in Shmoop Literature:
- All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
- Beowulf, by Unknown
- Big Sur, by Jack Kerouac
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
- Electra, by Sophocles
- Endgame, by Samuel Beckett
- Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger
- The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
- A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner
New in Shmoop Poetry:
Today, John Updike, one of the great figures in modern American literature, passed away of lung cancer at the age of 76. Updike is survived by his wife and four children, and by the hundreds of unforgettable characters he created during his prolific literary career.
“Each morning,” Updike once wrote, “my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.”
At Shmoop HQ, we get a little giddy over literature and history. Imagine our excitement when it hit us that this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (commemorating MLK’s 80th birthday) is also Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday. Synchronicity. To mark this doubly-historic date, we lovingly put together these resources about two of our favorites – the spooky story-teller and the inspiring civil rights leader.
- “Best in Poe” Awards – we handpicked the best Poe resources from across the Internet
- Poe’s influences, and who he influenced
- Photos and Poe biography
- Shmoop’s ocean deep analysis of 5 of Poe’s stories and poems
- Best of the Web for MLK – we handpicked the best MLK resources from across the Internet
- Video of the “I Have a Dream” speech
- MLK biography
- Shmoop’s fresh coverage of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.
Here at Shmoop HQ, our 2009 is off to a rocking start. Strap on your air guitar and read on for the scoop from Shmoop.
Shmoop named “Best of the Internet” in PC Magazine’s January, 2009 issue
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Who says poets are softies? Shmoop introduces the “Bad Boys of Poetry”
Shmoop challenges you to see poetry in a new light – in a Rock classic, even. Our new analysis of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” just might change the way you think of Dylan – and poetry, for that matter. Also new in Poetry – and not for the faint of heart – Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s controversial adrenaline-rush, “Howl” (recommended only for mature audiences).
Bone-up on your NFL knowledge – there’s more to the Superbowl than awesome ads
Before you garbage-up on guacamole dip, load your brain with football facts and trivia in Shmoop’s History of the NFL.
New arrivals on Shmoop Literature
- A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, by Ernest Hemingway
- The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe
- A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O’Connor
- Long Day’s Journey into Night, by Eugene O’Neill
- The Red Room, by H.G. Wells
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, by James Thurber
- William Wilson, by Edgar Allan Poe
New arrivals on Shmoop Poetry
- All Along the Watchtower, by Bob Dylan
- Howl, by Allen Ginsberg (recommended only for mature audiences)
- The Lamb, by William Blake
- Sonnet 130, by William Shakespeare
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost
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