Charles Dickens wrote two historical novels: A Tale of Two Cities (1859), set in London and Paris during the French Revolution, and Barnaby Rudge (1841), set during the anti-Catholic riots sparked by Lord George Gordon in 1780.
- Who is “Childe Roland” and what does he do at the Dark Tower? In Robert Browning's poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" (1855), Childe Roland is a knight errant in search of the Dark Tower. When he reaches it he blows his horn, the…
- What does Sartor Resartus mean? The title of Carlyle's 1833-34 satire on German philosophy Sartor Resartus means "the tailor retailored" in Latin. It comments on the work of the fictitious Diogenes Teufelsdrockh, philosopher of clothes.
- What Charles Dickens novel exposed the “ragged schools” and helped get them abolished? The Charles Dickens novel Nicholas Nickleby (1838-390) exposed the "ragged schools" and helped get them abolished.
- Who is the unhappy Werther’s beloved in Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)? The unhappy Werther's beloved in Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther is Lotte.
- What was the nationality of Hermann Hesse? The German-born author of Siddhartha (1922) and Steppenwolf (1927) Hermann Hesse became a Swiss citizen at the outbreak of World War I. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946.
- What does Virginia Woolf mean by “a room of one’s own”? In the 1928 essay "a room of one's own", it refers to the space a woman needs to write fiction. Specifically, Woolf says that a woman needs two things to be able to…