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Literary Works to Know for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To prepare for the MAT, you need to familiarize yourself with literary works and famous authors — the stuff that a college English major has to read. Here are important literary works that may appear on [more…]

Jane Austen's Most Memorable Abnormal Personality

Writing at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Jane Austen created a number of characters who displayed abnormal personality disorders — two centuries before they were identified as such. [more…]

Social Etiquette in Jane Austen's World

Strict rules of etiquette abounded for Jane Austen's characters, who revealed a great deal about themselves by following them — or not. Etiquette is the French word for ticket; think of it this way: Good [more…]

4 Legal Limits for Ladies in Jane Austen's Time

In Jane Austen's day, the legal rights for a lady were minimal. A lady was a member of a social class called the gentry, who were landowners and had the good taste and refinement associated with polite [more…]

Jane Austen For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Jane Austen is the queen and inventor of the Regency romance (courtship literature set in England's Regency period, 1811–1820). Jane Austen's six most famous works [more…]

Background on J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was one of the most beloved authors of the 20th century. He was born in South Africa in 1892 of British parents. When he was 2, his mother brought him and his brother back to [more…]

Who Lives in Tolkien's Middle-earth?

From heart-warming hobbits to chilling Ringwraiths, the diverse and wonderful characters that populate the many lands and worlds of Middle-earth reveal J.R.R. Tolkien's genius at its finest. [more…]

Works of Literature by J.R.R. Tolkien

Best known for his epic fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien earned rank in 2009 as Forbes 5 [more…]

The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies Cheat Sheet

J.R.R. Tolkien made his literary mark on 20th century readers and contemporary audiences with the rich characters, language, geography, and history of his fascinating world of Middle-earth. Explore the [more…]


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