The Best Free Resource for Outstanding Essay and Paper Topics, Thesis Statements and Important Quotes

Welcome to offers students of all levels assistance in coming up with a workable thesis statement or essay topic. Here you will find detailed paper topics, essay ideas, thesis statements (that can also be used as study questions or essay prompts) on many novels, short stories, and plays with explanations on how to move from the initial idea to the final product. In addition to the thesis statements, each text also has a corresponding list of some of the most important quotes, typically with corresponding page numbers. These important quotations explained will not only help to provide textual evidence within a quality essay, but might also lead to new ideas about possible themes to explore aside from those already listed. You can use these thesis statements and quotes as a study guide to help you plan for your essay and they might even provide you with prompts we didn’t think to include. In short, by using as a resource, students are encouraged to think for themselves about the plot and meanings of books—something that will be demonstrated through an essay full of original ideas and insights. Whether these are used as thesis statements alone, essay starters, or general study questions, students will have a greater chance to connect with important works of literature. After all, sometimes all it takes to create an “A” essay is a little push in the right direction.

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George Orwell
The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams
Paradise Lost
John Milton
The Accidental Tourist
Anne Tyler
The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
Petrified Man
Eudora Welty
Ada or Ardor : A Family Chronicle
Vladimir Nabokov
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde
The Aeneid
Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift
Rape of the Lock
Alexander Pope
The Age of Innocence
Edith Wharton
William Shakespeare
A Rose for Emily
William Faulkner
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Irving Stone
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Salman Rushdie
The Rape of Lucrece
William Shakespeare
Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood
Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad
Rappaccini's Daughter
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
Leo Tolstoy
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
The House of Mirth
Edith Wharton
The Revolt of the Cockroach People
Oscar Zeta Acosta
Antony and Cleopatra
William Shakespeare
House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Autobiography of My Mother
Jamaica Kincaid
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde
Rip Van Winkle
Washington Irving
Animal Farm
George Orwell
The Iliad
Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe
As You Like It
William Shakespeare
The Intuitionist
Colson Whitehead
Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare
The Awakening
Kate Chopin
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Bartleby the Scrivener
Herman Melville
The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan
Sister Carrie
Theodore Dreiser
The Bean Trees
Barbara Kingsolver
The Lady With the Dog
Anton Chekhov
Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison
The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
Like One of the Family
Alice Childress
Sons and Lovers
D.H. Lawrence
Toni Morrison
Like Water for Chocolate
Laura Esquivel
Souls Belated
Edith Wharton
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint Exupéry
The Souls of Black Folk
W.E.B. DuBois
The Blue Hotel
Stephen Crane
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
The Stone Angel
Margaret Laurence
The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison
Long Day's Journey into Night
Eugene O'Neill
The Storm
Kate Chopin
The Birthmark
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Lord of the Flies
William Golding
The Story of an Hour
Kate Chopin
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley
The Lottery
Shirley Jackson
The Stranger
Albert Camus
The Call of the Wild
Jack London
The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold
William Shakespeare
A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams
The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer
The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury
Toni Morrison
Cannery Row
John Steinbeck
Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare
Zora Neale Hurston
The Castle of Otranto
Horace Walpole
The Merry Wives of Windsor
William Shakespeare
The Swimmer
John Cheever
The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger
Measure for Measure
William Shakespeare
Taming of the Shrew
William Shakespeare
Raymond Carver
The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
Titus Andronicus
William Shakespeare
The Color Purple
Alice Walker
Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
Comedy of Errors
William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Minister's Black Veil
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Friedrich Nietzche
The Crucible
Arthur Miller
Moby Dick
Herman Melville
Tortilla Flat
John Steinbeck
Daisy Miller
Henry James
My Name is Red
Orhan Pamuk
The Tragedy of Coriolanus
William Shakespeare
Desiree's Baby
Kate Chopin
Narrative of the Life
Frederick Douglass
Travels with Charley
John Steinbeck
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller
Native Son
Richard Wright
To Kill a Mocking bird
Harper Lee
Doctor Faustus
Christopher Marlowe
Elie Wiese
Susan Glaspell
Bram Stoker
The Nun
Denis Diderot
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stow
The Dubliners
James Joyce
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Ambrose Bierce
Henry David Thoreau
Everyday Use
Alice Walker
The Odyssey
Gregory Maguire
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
Winesburg Ohio
Sherwood Anderson
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey
Women in Love
D.H. Lawrence
Mary Shelley
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Women of Brewster Place
Gloria Naylor
Aphra Behn
Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte
William Shakespeare
The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Young Goodman Brown
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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