8 Breathtaking Lines in ‘War and Peace’

8 Breathtaking Lines in ‘War and Peace’

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Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is one of the most beloved works of literature and largely considered the author’s best work, closely followed by Anna Karenina.   The 19th century Russian novel explores the French invasion of Russia during the napoleonic wars and its subsequent  spiritual, emotional, and physical effects on the various classes of Russian society during the time. Tolstoy’s historical perspective, memorable characters, and powerful language has cemented War and Peace as one of the most memorable and important literary works. Long after readers have put the novel down, the story has stayed with them, largely due to Tolstoy’s …

12 Romantic Lines From Literature That Will Make You Smile

12 Romantic Lines From Literature That Will Make You Smile

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Whether you’re a true romantic at heart or the world’s biggest cynic, there are those truly romantic lines in fiction and poetry that we can’t help but smile at every now and then as we sift through the pages of a good read.   Writers know how to pick just the right words and phrases that tug our heart strings.   Here are twelve beautiful romantic lines from poetry and fiction that made us feel things:   Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Persuasion by Jane Austen Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy   “Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda   Warm …

9 Fun Literary Facts That You Can Mention On Your First Day Of Class

9 Fun Literary Facts That You Can Mention On Your First Day Of Class

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We are all fans of a fun fact. Humans are curious creatures, always on the hunt for new information that will benefit us or inspire us in some way, and a solid fact never goes unappreciated.   For example, don’t you feel more in tune with the world knowing that the first person to order a pizza for delivery was Margherita Savoy, Queen of Italy in 1889? That’s 128 years of sweet, sweet pizza loving around the world, people. Or how about knowing that over 1.3 million Earths could fit into the sun, or that sharks are older than trees clocking in at 400 million years of swimming …

11 Brilliant Novels That Are Longer Than 1,000 Pages

11 Brilliant Novels That Are Longer Than 1,000 Pages

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In the age of 140 characters or less, there is still something to be said for reading a novel that is truly, deeply, maddeningly long. And if you think 1,000+ pages isn’t that much, you’re probably living on another plane of existence and should not stoop to the level of mere mortals such as ourselves. Happy reading.      War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy           Page count: 1,273   Image Courtesy of Penguin Random House   Early 19th century Russia? Check. Napoleonic aggression? Check. Messy families and passionate romance? Check! If you’re ready for it, War …

10 Classic Books That Almost Had Different Titles

10 Classic Books That Almost Had Different Titles

Book titles are important: along with the cover, they’re one of the first things we notice when we pick up a novel. We’ve grown so used to some famous book titles that we barely think about them anymore. Of course The Great Gatsby is called The Great Gatsby; why wouldn’t it be? But the truth is, it almost wasn’t. And F. Scott Fitzgerald isn’t the only literary figure who switched up a famous title at the last minute. Here are 10 incredible examples of famous book titles that were almost completely different.   Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Which number followed the “Catch-” in Catch-22 …