Category: Classic Literature Archives

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Words Wednesday: Alexandre Dumas

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Alexandre Dumas Quote from The Count of Monte Cristo

This quote comes from Alexandre Dumas’ beloved classic The Count of Monte Cristo. Published in serialized form from 1844 to 1845, The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic adventure tale of imprisonment, vengeance, and forgiveness. Alexandre Dumas is also widely celebrated for The Three Musketeers. Want more of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas? Check out our Count of Monte Cristo book poster, a 36″x24″ design that contains up to Chapter 34 of the classic novel.

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Words Wednesday: DH Lawrence

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DH Lawrence Quote from Lady Chatterly's Lover

This quote appears in the very first few sentences of Lady Chatterly’s Lover, written by DH Lawrence and first published privately in Italy in 1928. The novel was banned in countries like the United Kingdom for many years due to its explicit language and frank depiction of sexuality. “We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.” -DH Lawrence, Lady Chatterly’s Lover

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NEW! The Call of the Wild Book Poster

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We’re excited to announce our latest product: a 24″x18″-inch design of The Call of the Wild by Jack London. This Call of the Wild book poster features the full text of Jack London’s acclaimed adventure novel, set in front of an image of Buck howling at the moon. The Call of the Wild was originally published in 1903 and tells the tale of Buck, a pet who is dognapped and forced to work as a sled dog in the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. Forced to contend with his harsh new reality, Buck answers the call of the wild […]

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Short Novels You Can Read in a Day

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We all have those small errands to run from time to time that take up more time (and effort) than we either want or expect. Maybe it’s a visit to the doctor, a long bus commute to work, or that seemingly endless line at the post office. In these inevitable times of queue-induced despair, it’s tempting to pull out your smartphone and waste some time catching up on Instagram or Facebook. And hey, no judgement here; we’ve all been there. No matter how long it takes, the time never seems quite long enough to really do anything. But that’s exactly why […]

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Words Wednesday: Charles Dickens

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Today’s Words Wednesday quote comes from Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit, published between 1855 and 1857. Like most of Dickens’ work, Little Dorrit explores themes of poverty, class, and expectations in Victorian England. “Looking back upon his own poor story, she was its vanishing-point. Every thing in its perspective led to her innocent figure. He had travelled thousands of miles towards it; previous unquiet hopes and doubts had worked themselves out before it; it was the centre of the interest of his life; it was the termination of everything that was good and pleasant in it; beyond, there was nothing but […]

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Words Wednesday: William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream

This quote comes from William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Believed to have been written in the late 1500s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the adventures of four young Athenians as they fall in and out of love in a remote forest controlled by fairies. This text is spoken by Lysander to Hermia, describing the travails of impossible love. “Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness, did lay siege to it, Making it momentary as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night That, […]

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A Little Dorrit Analysis, or Why We Love Charles Dickens

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Getting into Dickens When was the last time you read Charles Dickens? Until a few months ago, I hadn’t read any of his work since we were forced to read Great Expectations in the seventh grade. Unlike most of my classmates, I mostly liked Great Expectations—but apparently not enough to give Dickens another go any time in the last decade. For no real reason, Dickens has always been one of those Authors I Should Read and never one I did. It’s also telling that the only factoid about Dickens that has ever really stuck in my mind is that he […]

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Words Wednesday: Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy quote graphic from Anna Karenina by Books on the Wall

This quote comes from Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel, Anna Karenina, which was published in installments over four years, from 1873 to 1877. Anna Karenina follows the life of the titular character, an upperclass woman in feudalist Russia. Acclaimed for its themes of love, family, marriage, and society, Anna Karenina is commonly named among the most important written works of all time. “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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50 States of Literature: Book Recommendations for Every State

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Books are the best way to visit a new place when you can’t actually go anywhere. Check out our infographic with a book recommendation for every state in the USA. Which state will you visit next? What are your recommendations for books set across the United States? — For those who prefer text, here’s a text list of our book recommendations for every state in the USA. 50 States of Books Alabama Boy’s Life (1991) Robert McCammon Alaska The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007) Michael Chabon Arizona Animal Dreams (1990) Barbara Kingsolver Arkansas I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) Maya […]

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Words Wednesday: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Frankenstein book quote graphic by Books on the Wall

Published in 1818 when Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was only 20 years old, Frankenstein follows the young scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein as he mysteriously and miraculously creates life. The resulting monster is often called Frankenstein, though in the novel, he actually no name. Frankenstein is considered to be among the first science fiction novels, blending elements of Romantic and Gothic writing with science and technology. Check out our full-text Frankenstein poster here or at the Books on the Wall Etsy shop! “Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

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