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A taste of World Literature

To access some of the reading selections I gave my World Literature college students (once upon a time), please check these links. Please feel free to send me a quick comment if an address does NOT work.  [Last link review was completed on 2018-11-08.]

African Literature

1. “Black Woman” by Leopold Sedhar Senghor

2. “Telephone Conversation” by Wole Soyinka

3. “The Moment Before the Gun Went Off” by Nadine Gordimer

4. “The Ring” by Isak Dinesen

Asian Literature

1. “August River” by Pak Tu-Jin

2. “The Taximan’s Story” by Catherine Lim

3. Basho’s Haikus

4. “The Moon and the Fortified Pass” by Li Po

5. “My Old Home” by Lu Xun

6. “The Origin of All Things” (Book 10, Hymn 129) from the Rig Veda

7. “Thoughts of Hanoi” by Nguyen Thi Vinh

Australian Literature

1. “A Dill Pickle” by Katherine Mansfield

2. “Gallipoli Peninsula” by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

3. “We are Going” by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

European Literature

1. “Araby” by James Joyce

2. “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo

3. “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte

4. Sonnet 43 – “How do I love thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

5. “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

6. “The Erl-King” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7. “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles

8. “Troilus and Cressida” by William Shakespeare

9. Sonnet 116 – “Let me not to te marriage of true minds” by William Shakespeare

Latin American Literature

1. “A Letter to God” by Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes

2. “I Have” by Nicolas Guillen

3. “The United Fruit Company” by Pablo Neruda

Middle Eastern Literature

1.  “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

2. “The Passover Guest” by Sholom Aleichem

3. “Rubaiyat” by Omar Khayyam

North American Literature

1. “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro

2. Audio-Visual of “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

3. “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman

4. “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe

5. J. 435 by Emily Dickinson (may have been written in 1862, published in 1890)

Much madness is divinest Sense–
To a discerning Eye—
Much Sense–the starkest Madness—
‘Tis the Majority—
In this, as All, prevail—
Assent–and you are sane—
Demur–you’re straightway dangerous—
And handled with a Chain–

GRAMMAR HELP – Links from Towson University

I find these pages easy to read and very straightforward. The general layout used and the examples and diagrams given simplify the scope of grammar rules.

To review agreement between pronouns and their antecedents

To review the use of quotation marks

To avoid writing in fragments

To avoid shifts

To review other grammar rules

We extend our thanks to Margaret L. Benner for making these pages available.

BBC’s Reading List

Have you read more than SIX of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only SIX of the 100 books listed here. Do you belong to BBC’s expectation? Or are YOU as special as the readers behind ThruPages who have read a lot more than six books out of this list?

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4  Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Different Articles on Linguistics and Language Learning

Here are links to articles about this topic.  Please inform ThruPages if any does not work. [Last link review was 2018-11-08]

History of Events in Linguistic Theory

Theoretical Bases of Communicative Approaches to Second Language and Testing

Constructions: A new theoretical approach to language

Linguistic Theory

Contrastive Linguistics: Theories and Methods

Optimality Theory in Linguistics

The Role of Theory in Applied Linguistics Research: A study of vocabulary learning strategies

Theories of Syntax

Linguistic Theory and Cultural Conceptualizations

Applications of Game Theory in Linguistics

Contemporary Linguistic Theories of Humour

I hope these files will be of use to your future research reports.

The Highwayman


a narrative poem

written by Alfred Noyes


provides a visual presentation helpful to students having difficulty understanding the plot.
offers definitions of unfamiliar words and highlights figures of speech used in the poem. A stanza is presented per page in pleasingly dark color contrast.
is one of those links that give you a complete copy of the poem.
gives a link to download (free mp3) an expressive rendition of the poem.