The Impact These 2 ‘Coming of Age’ Novels Had on Me

The Impact These 2 ‘Coming of Age’ Novels Had on Me

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How do books touch us in such profound ways? The impact that books have on readers has a lot to do with the time in their lives at which people read them. When the narrative of a book aligns with or mirrors the experience a reader is going through, a powerful lasting impression is left upon that person. When I first read J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in my sophomore year of high school, I connected with the main character Holden Caulfield immediately. His mental dilemma regarding the authenticity of the adult world was a topic I identified with …

5 Literary Relics People Spent WAY Too Much Money On

5 Literary Relics People Spent WAY Too Much Money On

As we’ve covered before, some literary memorabilia sell for thousands and thousands of dollars. In one insane instance, a Hogwarts Acceptance letter from the first Harry Potter film sold for $40,000. The Harry Potter franchise isn’t the first to sell items from the films for insane amounts of cash. Everything from wallets to toilets to ashes of beloved stars have sold for immense amounts of money. Here are a list of some of the most obscure literary relics sold at auction.      1. Charles Dickens’s Toothpick   Image Via The Telegraph    Engraved with his initials and used on his last visit to …

10 Holden Caulfield Quotes About Life That Are 100% Accurate

10 Holden Caulfield Quotes About Life That Are 100% Accurate

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If one could describe Holden Caulfield in three words, they’d probably be: Angsty, obnoxious, and anti-phony.   The sixteen-year-old protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s iconic and only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has annoyed, baffled, and offended readers since its release in 1951. His manic antics, obsession with calling out society, and sensitive statements have managed to make The Catcher in the Rye one of the most read novels (and most banned novels) of all-time. While some of his statements are indeed offensive and bizarre, this angsty teen has some pretty on-the-mark views about life.   Here are ten of Holden’s quotes about life that …

Top 10 Classical Novels That Received Dreadful Reviews

Top 10 Classical Novels That Received Dreadful Reviews

  Most of us have grown so accustomed to classical works of novelists being regarded as the epitome of literary excellence that we become unaware of the problematic aspects of these stories. Even the most beautifully written and well-arranged prose can suffer under the bitter scrutiny of critical minds. For these enduring works of literature that have lasted decades or even centuries, their initial response were not always positive.    Here is a collection of some of the harshest and most scathing commentaries well-known authors have received. The titles mentioned are not listed in any particular order.   1. Catch-22 by Joseph …

These Imagined Literary Texts Are Hilarious, Part II

These Imagined Literary Texts Are Hilarious, Part II

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Reading has a way of making us believe our favorite characters are real. Sometimes we believe they breathe the same air as us, or walk the same ground. But they don’t text (besides in part one, which you can read here).   Some mad geniuses have somehow got into contact with some famous literary figures, though. We’ve collected a few of the funniest ones.   1. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger via Esquire   2. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens via The Poke   3. “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe via Sparknotes …