Dec 7, 2021

A story that takes place in New York City in the 1920’s of the narrator, Nick Carraway, as he befriends the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby and helps him try and reunite with his former girlfriend. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this book. On the surface level, it is a very simple and straightforward read. Only 9 chapters, easy to follow, not a very complicated vocabulary. But what I enjoyed about this story was how there were so many aspects with hidden, deeper meanings. This is what really made the story worth reading for me. There was always something that I could analyze, and that kept

Dec 7, 2021

After moving to London, Dorian Gray befriends an artist named Basil Hallward who paints him a portrait. After living with the painting, Dorian soon agonizes over the fact that he will be aging while the painting of himself will stay youthful forever. Dorian will go to great lengths to prevent himself from becoming a different man than the one in the painting.

This was truly a magical read. I had heard about what an amazing writer Oscar Wilde was, but I had never read one of his works before. Let me just say that his writing is some of the best I have encountered in my life. Each sentence

Dec 2, 2021

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, illustrates a hopeless boy who runs away to New York City.  After Holden, the main character, gets kicked out of school and his home, he figures out the best option would be to run away from his home and try to find hope somewhere else. He experiences a cycle of the same emotions over and over again, which makes the book seem boring. However, through all of Holden’s mental instability, there are rare moments of growth. Totally against the idea, Holden believes growing up is equivalent to phoniness, which is something he never wants to become. When

Oct 21, 2021

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is romantic fiction.  Nick Carraway, who narrates the book, is Daisy Buchanan’s cousin. Daisy, who is married to Tom Buchanan, lives in the East Egg. Nick’s neighbor, Jay Gatsby, was once closely acquainted with Daisy many years ago. Whether or not he will win Daisy’s love back is what Jay is thoroughly worried about. Can he succeed, or will Daisy leave him for Tom?

*Spoiler alert* Firstly, I loved reading The Great Gatsby because the whole book revolved around Gatsby and Daisy. Gatsby, who is really desperate to win his love back, is a very

The Literature Book by DK Publishing

Referential Treatment

By James Canton (Editor)
Rated by Adam H
Sep 9, 2021

Although admitting this may qualify me as a one-hundred percent board-certified nerd (dweeb, Poindexter, etc.), I’ve loved reference books for as long as I can remember. And they’ve come a long way since three clever Scots dreamed up the first Encyclopædia Brittanica in Edinburgh in 1768. Over the years they’ve become much more accessible, engaging, and, dare I say, delightful, in large part thanks to a company called Dorling Kindersley Limited, better known as DK Publishing. 

I first became aware of DK Publishing through their expansive Eyewitness series. As a grade school student in the