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  • Brown's Manchild in the Promised Landby William M. Washington

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background — all to help you gain greater insight into great works you're bound to study for school or pleasure. In CliffsNotes on Brown's Manchild in the Promised Land, you follow the autobiographical account of... more...

  • Mann's The Magic Mountainby Herberth Czermak

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background — all to help you gain greater insight into great works you're bound to study for school or pleasure. In CliffsNotes on Mann's Magic Mountain, you follow the journey of Hans Castorp in his search for... more...

  • Mother Courage & The Caucasian Chalk Circleby Denis M. Calandra

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 1.95

    Using strong metaphors as a way to create a clear anti-illusionistic atmosphere, Brecht's works highlight humans' eternal grappling with their environment to get ahead in the world; nowhere is this more evident in Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle . more...

  • Zola's Nanaby James L. Roberts

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    Zola's heroine Nana is a prostitute in Napoleon III's France for whom rich men give up their fortunes, and poor men their lives, yet Nana squanders fortunes and her life ends in squalor. This concise supplement to Emile Zola's Nana helps students understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social... more...

  • Neihardt's Black Elk Speaksby Diane Prenatt

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004; US$ 5.99

    Black Elk Speaks is the story of Nicholas Black Elk, Lakota visionary and healer, and his people at the close of the nineteenth century. Black Elk grew up in a time when white settlers were invading his homeland, slaughtering buffalo herds, and threatening the Lakotas' way of life. Celebrated poet and writer John G. Neidhart tells this story of how... more...

  • Sir Gawain and The Green Knightby John N. Gardner

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 4.95

    This Middle-English poem about the moral testing of a young hero is commonly described as the greatest Arthurian romance in our literary tradition. It is a question still as to who the author is, but this poet is considered second only to Chaucer. more...

  • Dorris' A Yellow Raft in Blue Waterby William C. Roby

    Wiley 2001; US$ 4.95

    The national bestseller A Yellow Raft In Blue Water is a fierce saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship. This concise supplement to Michael Dorris' A Yellow Raft in Blue Water helps students understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations... more...

  • Goethe's Faustby Robert J. Milch

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 4.95

    This dramatic poem in two parts is Goethe's greatest work. The poem is based on the legend of a man who sells his soul to the devil and deals with the man's sense of alienation and his need to come to terms with the world as it is. more...

  • Williams' The Glass Menagerie & Streetcar Named Desireby James L. Roberts

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. CliffsNotes on Glass Menagerie & Streetcar Named Desire explores two popular plays, both of which take place in the South and borrow heavily from author Tennessee Williams’s own life experiences. Following stories marked by... more...

  • Ellison's Invisible Manby Durthy A. Washington

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. With CliffsNotes on Invisible Man, you accompany a young black man in... more...