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Every Author on Your English Syllabus, Summed Up in a Single Sentence

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I’m just going to say it: in the past, there were too many people writing books. Now it’s the twenty-first century and it feels like I’m expected to know every struggling bard or wayward scribe who ever picked up a pen.

I mean sure, I’ve heard of Jane Austen, and I know about Shakespeare, and I’ve never actually read Albert Camus but I’m at least aware that he wrote things. But did you know there were more than three people writing books back in the day? Yeah. Welcome to my hell.

This slideshow will be your (sort of helpful, mostly just amusing) guide to (almost) every author your teachers want you to know about. By the end of it, some of you will be asking, "Elodie, did you really have to come for Nathaniel Hawthorne like that?" The answer is no. Did that stop me? Also no.

Topics: Books
Tags: books we love, jane austen, classic literature, english class, ap lit, william shakespeare, harper lee, ap literature, i didn't realize this was going to be a call-out post but here we are

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Elodie

In real life, she goes by the name Courtney Gorter. This is a closely guarded secret, and you're the only one who knows about it, so be cool. You can follow her on tumblr or Twitter if you want, but it's just going to be a lot of complaining.

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