HMH: Cliff Notes

As a global learning company, HMH specializes in PreK–12 education content, services and cutting edge technology solutions for today’s changing landscape. HMH creates engaging, dynamic and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to K-12 and beyond the classroom, serving more than 50 million students in more than 150 countries.

About this collection 

Reader's guides to the most popular classic literature, featuring study guides that showcase plot, characters, and settings to promote understanding

Availability 
USA

This collection includes all titles on the list below.

Displaying 1 - 56 of 56 titles
by Series or Title
Download XLS
Click titles for more info of book
Title Author Pages Grades Copyright Genre
Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress
Cover for Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress

CliffsNotes on Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544183278
60 7-12 Nonfiction
Cather's My Antonia
Cover for Cather's My Antonia

CliffsNotes on Cather's My Antonia

Author: Van Kirk, Susan; Kubicek, David

In CliffsNotes on My Antonia, you follow the story of Jim, an orphaned boy who travels to Nebraska to live with his grandparents. Upon arriving, Jim meets the uplifting, spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family that plans to farm on nearby, untamed land. Honoring and celebrating the immigrant settlers of the American plains, Willa Cather's novel also succeeds as one of the finest romantic stories written in the United States. Other features that help you figure out this important work include life and background of the author, analyses of a large cast of characters, a brief synopsis of the novel, critical essays, a review section that tests your knowledge and suggests essay topics, and a resource center that leads you to more great books and websites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182875
Van Kirk, Susan; Kubicek, David
114 7-12 Nonfiction
Conrad's Lord Jim
Cover for Conrad's Lord Jim

CliffsNotes on Conrad's Lord Jim

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544182561
59 7-12 Nonfiction
Dante's Divine Comedy-I Inferno
Cover for Dante's Divine Comedy-I Inferno

CliffsNotes on Dante's Divine Comedy-I Inferno

Author: Moustaki, Nikki; Roberts, James L.

CliffsNotes on Divine Comedy: Inferno takes you deep inside Dante's vision of Hell, the first installment in his three-poem epic. Following the spiritual journey of Dante and his guide Virgil, this expert study companion provides summaries, commentaries, and glossaries related to each canto within the poem. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: life and background of the poet and the poem, introduction to the poem's structure, allegory, symbols, and more, critical essays that explore deeper meanings within this challenging work, a review section that tests your knowledge and suggests essay topics and practice projects, and a Resource Center full of books, translations, and Internet resources. Classic literature or modern-day treasure – you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181250
Moustaki, Nikki; Roberts, James L.
128 7-12 Nonfiction
Dante's Divine Comedy-Il Purgatorio
Cover for Dante's Divine Comedy-Il Purgatorio

CliffsNotes on Dante's Divine Comedy-Il Purgatorio

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544181236
140 7-12 Nonfiction
Dante's Divine Comedy-III Paradiso
Cover for Dante's Divine Comedy-III Paradiso

CliffsNotes on Dante's Divine Comedy-III Paradiso

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544181243
136 7-12 Nonfiction
Franklin's The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Cover for Franklin's The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

CliffsNotes on Franklin's The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544179769
54 7-12 Nonfiction
Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd
Cover for Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd

CliffsNotes on Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544181458
70 7-12 Nonfiction
Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Cover for Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

CliffsNotes on Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Author: Coghill, Jeff

In CliffsNotes on Tess of the d'Urbervilles, you explore Thomas Hardy's literary classic as the author challenges many of the Victorian sensibilities of the 19th century by writing about such topics as immoral sex, murder, illegitimate children, and the unmarried living together. In the novel, you follow the journey of Tess as early events in her life lead her down the road to tragic ruin. Chapter summaries and commentaries take you through Tess's journey, and critical essays give you insight into Hardy's view on religion, as well as his use of setting and comparisons. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of the main characters, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, a section on the life and background of Thomas Hardy, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a ResourceCenter full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544184152
Coghill, Jeff
112 7-12 Nonfiction
Hesse's Steppenwolf & Siddhartha
Cover for Hesse's Steppenwolf & Siddhartha

CliffsNotes on Hesse's Steppenwolf & Siddhartha

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544184046
84 7-12 Nonfiction
Homer's Odyssey
Cover for Homer's Odyssey

CliffsNotes on Homer's Odyssey

Author: Baldwin, Stanley

In CliffsNotes on The Odyssey, you follow along on Homer's grand adventure. This epic poem unfurls the story of Odysseus' triumph over Troy and arduous journey home to reclaim his kingdom. At 2,500 years old, it is one of the finest books ever written; as poetry, it sets the standard for comparison; and it serves as one of the foundations of the Western world's cultural heritage. This study guide carries you along on Odysseus' journey by providing summaries and critical analyses of each book. You'll also explore the life and background of the epic, Homer, and gain insight into the Homeric Question. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of major players, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, critical essays on the literary devices and major symbols of The Odyssey, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544183001
Baldwin, Stanley
112 7-12 Nonfiction
James' Daisy Miller & The Turn of the Screw
Cover for James' Daisy Miller & The Turn of the Screw

CliffsNotes on James' Daisy Miller & The Turn of the Screw

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544180970
54 7-12 Nonfiction
Scott's Ivanhoe
Cover for Scott's Ivanhoe

CliffsNotes on Scott's Ivanhoe

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544182332
68 7-12 Nonfiction
Shakespeare’s Othello
Cover for Shakespeare’s Othello

CliffsNotes on Shakespeare’s Othello

Author: Carey, Gary; McCulloch, Helen

Betrayal and manipulation lie at the heart of Othello. Keep up with all the crosses and double-crosses of this tragic play with the CliffsNotes version of the play, which will help you form your own opinions about Iago's schemes, Othello's motives, and Desdemona's loyalty. Other features that help you study include: background information about the life and times of William Shakespeare to help you understand his influences, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, glossaries to help you comprehend Shakespeare’s language, critical essays on the character pairs and major themes of the play, and a review section that tests your knowledge. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544183148
Carey, Gary; McCulloch, Helen
112 7-12 Nonfiction
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Cover for Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

Author: McNeir, Waldo

In CliffsNotes on The Merchant of Venice, you follow along as a young merchant cannot repay his debt to a vindictive moneylender. This is the story that introduces us to Shylock, one of the most vivid and memorable characters in Shakespeare's work. You'll gain insight into this romantic comedy as you move through each of the play's five acts. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: life and background of the author, analyses of the characters, a brief synopsis of the play, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a selected bibliography that leads you to more great resources. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182752
McNeir, Waldo
72 7-12 Nonfiction
Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
Cover for Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

Author: Maurer, Kate

In CliffsNotes on The Taming of the Shrew, you explore one of Shakespeare's most beloved, and imitated, works. In this play within a play, Petruchio, the man from Verona, marries Kate (the shrew of the story), so that Kate's younger sister Bianca may be allowed to take on several suitors and choose one to marry. Summaries and commentaries lead you, act by act, through this Shakespearean classic, and critical essays give you insight into Shakespeare's historical basis for the play, as well as role playing in The Taming of the Shrew. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of the main characters, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, a section on the life and background of William Shakespeare, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a ResourceCenter full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544184091
Maurer, Kate
96 7-12 Nonfiction
Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Cover for Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

CliffsNotes on Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544183100
50 7-12 Nonfiction
Tolstoy's Anna Karenina
Cover for Tolstoy's Anna Karenina

CliffsNotes on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina

Author: Sturman, Marianne

CliffsNotes on Anna Karenina delves into the complex web of relationships in Tolstoy’s epic novel. As the characters unfold, this novel draws you into the lives of Karenin, Anna, and others as they struggle through the seemingly hopeless marriage patterns of urban society. Do romantic relationships make us stronger or weaker as individuals? With insights into the characters of Anna Karenina, as well as information about Tolstoy’s own life and background, this study guide will help you get the most out of this classic novel. Other features that help you study include: a character list that reveals names, traits, and key relationships, summaries and commentaries on each chapter, critical essays, in-depth character analyses, analysis of major themes, and review questions and suggested writing topics. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544179547
Sturman, Marianne
80 7-12 Nonfiction
Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Cover for Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

CliffsNotes on Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Author: Roberts, James; Allen, L. David

In CliffsNotes on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, you dig into Mark Twain's notably caustic account of a culture clash in medieval society. Transported back in time from the nineteenth century, the story's central character attempts to introduce "modern" changes to his new place in the sixth century. This study guide follows the action from chapter to chapter with commentaries that bring sense to the entertaining satire. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: life and background of the author, introduction to and synopsis of the book, summaries of each chapter within the work, a review section that tests your knowledge and suggests essay topics. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544180864
Roberts, James; Allen, L. David
72 7-12 Nonfiction
Twain's The Prince and The Pauper
Cover for Twain's The Prince and The Pauper

CliffsNotes on Twain's The Prince and The Pauper

Author: Allen, L. David

The CliffsNotes study guide on Twain's The Prince and the Pauper supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read The Prince and the Pauper. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Twain's The Prince and the Pauper. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more.

ISBN: 9780544183551
Allen, L. David
80 7-12 Nonfiction
Wharton's The Age of Innocence
Cover for Wharton's The Age of Innocence

CliffsNotes on Wharton's The Age of Innocence

Author: Van Kirk, Susan

Written exclusively by experienced teachers and educators, CliffsNotes are the resource of choice for today’s students. These user-friendly guides make studying a snap – with visual icons flagging key themes, literary devices, and more. Inside you’ll find valuable insights on Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, including: brief overall synopsis, chapter-by-chapter summaries, clear explanations and analysis, character map–who’s who at a glance, character analysis (Newland Archer, May Welland Archer, Countess Ellen Olenska, Mrs. Manson Mingott), concise discussion of major themes, special essay on the book’s themes, including personal freedom, values, and social codes, review Q&As and quote IDs, essay questions and practice projects, and glossaries of key words and terms.

ISBN: 9780544179394
Van Kirk, Susan
80 7-12 Nonfiction
Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnes
Cover for Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnes

CliffsNotes on Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Van Kirk, Susan

CliffsNotes on The Importance of Being Earnest offers a concise look at this Victorian farce, which tweaks the complacency and aristocratic attitudes prevalent among the wealthy upper class of the time. Hidden identities, fierce repartee, underlying passions, and surprises punctuate this lively play. This study guide shows, through its expert commentaries, just how three sets of lovers clear up mishap and misunderstandings and end up happily ever after. Other features that help you figure out this survey of Victorian social issues include: a close look at the author's life, which itself was rife with scandal and ruin, summaries and commentaries, act by act, descriptive character analyses, a character map that reveal key relationships, critical essays on Victorian views on compassion, religion, marriage, and more, and a review section that tests your knowledge, and suggested essay topics. Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182233
Van Kirk, Susan
74 7-12 Nonfiction
Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray
Cover for Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

CliffsNotes on Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Baldwin, Stanley

In CliffsNotes on The Picture of Dorian Gray, you explore Oscar Wilde’s great works about narcissism, rife with symbolism and classic themes. Here, you meet Dorian Gray and discover his secret pact with the devil to stay young and handsome, and the subsequent destruction of his soul. This study guide carefully walks you through Dorian’s story by providing summaries and critical analyses of each chapter of the novel. You'll also explore the life and background of the author, Oscar Wilde, and gain insight into how he came to write this novel. Other features that help you study include: a list of characters, glossaries to define new and unfamiliar terms, critical essays about Oscar Wilde’s views and life, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a list of online resources for more study. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544183261
Baldwin, Stanley
80 7-12 Nonfiction
Chopin's The Awakening
Cover for Chopin's The Awakening

CliffsNotes on Chopin's The Awakening

Author: Kelly, Maureen

In CliffsNotes on The Awakening you experience one woman’s desire to find and live fully within her true self. Her devotion to that purpose causes friction with her friends and family, and also conflicts with the dominant values of her time. Summaries and commentaries will help you understand events of the novel, as well as their meaning. You’ll also gain insight into the life and background of the author, Kate Chopin. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of major players, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, critical essays, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544179783
Kelly, Maureen
112 7-12 Nonfiction
Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo
Cover for Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo

CliffsNotes on Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Roberts, James

CliffsNotes on The Count of Monte Cristo takes you into a rollicking yarn of adventure, wit, and revenge. Following the story of a man imprisoned for 14 years who escapes by outsmarting his captors, this study guide shows through its expert commentaries just how the Count works justice with a vengeance on his enemies. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: life and background of the author, Alexandre Dumas, character sketches on the novel's vast array of personalities, plot synopsis and summaries for each chapter, and suggested essay topics and a select bibliography. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544180895
Roberts, James
88 7-12 Nonfiction
Dickens' David Copperfield
Cover for Dickens' David Copperfield

CliffsNotes on Dickens' David Copperfield

Author: Lybyer, J.

As a disguised autobiography, Dickens creates in David the story of a "favorite child," who later encounters suffering and travails, but winds up with a sanguine life all the same.

ISBN: 9780544181151
Lybyer, J.
80 7-12 Nonfiction
Ibsen's Plays I: A Doll's House & Hedda Gabler
Cover for Ibsen's Plays I: A Doll's House & Hedda Gabler

CliffsNotes on Ibsen's Plays I: A Doll's House & Hedda Gabler

Author: Sturman, Marianne

CliffsNotes on A Doll's House & Hedda Gabler takes you into Henrik Ibsen's dramatic plays, controversial theater productions that inflamed audience reactions in the nineteenth century. A Doll's House follows the story of a housewife who emerges from the confinement of her married life to confront the conditions of the outside world. Typical of Ibsen's dramas, Hedda Gabler portrays a depraved world in which women in particular submit to unsatisfying socially imposed roles. Summaries and expert commentaries cover each act within both plays; other features that help you figure out these important works include: life and background of the playwright, summary of Ibsen's most famous plays, analysis of the plays' structure, themes, and characters, a complete list of Ibsen's drama, and sample exam questions and essay topics. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182165
Sturman, Marianne
72 7-12 Nonfiction
Byron's Don Juan
Cover for Byron's Don Juan

CliffsNotes on Byron's Don Juan

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544181274
64 7-12 Nonfiction
Stoker's Dracula
Cover for Stoker's Dracula

CliffsNotes on Stoker's Dracula

Author: Umland, Samuel

CliffsNotes on Dracula digs into the story of a count who survives by sipping the blood from living (and unsuspecting) donors. Following the hauntingly frightful tale of vampires and victims, this study guide provides summaries and commentaries for each chapter within the nineteenth-century novel. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: a look into the life of the author, Bram Stoker, character list and plot synopsis, an essay exploring the influence of German Expressionism on the American horror film, a list of Dracula film productions, with ratings for each, and suggested discussion questions. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181304
Umland, Samuel
80 7-12 Nonfiction
Austen's Emma
Cover for Austen's Emma

CliffsNotes on Austen's Emma

Author: Rountree, Thomas

CliffsNotes on Emma explores a satiric novel that stabs at manners and social classes, all the while delivering entertainment in a mild comic tone and sharing a lesson for the moralist. Following the heroine’s slow and bumpy growth from self-deception to self-knowledge, this study guide provides summaries and commentaries on each chapter within the three-volume plot structure. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: life and background of the author, introduction to and synopsis of the novel, critical analysis of plot, setting, point of view, characters, theme, and style, and review questions and selected bibliography for further research. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181403
Rountree, Thomas
88 7-12 Nonfiction
Wharton's Ethan Frome
Cover for Wharton's Ethan Frome

CliffsNotes on Wharton's Ethan Frome

Author: Pavlos, Suzanne

CliffsNotes on Ethan Frome explores life in the personal prison designed by the lead character, a “ruin of a man” who would rather be miserable with his lot in life than stray from accepted social convention. Following the story of a poor farmer whose devotion to duty and fear of humiliation keep him from tasting happiness, this study guide provides summaries and commentaries for each chapter within this tragic tale. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: life and background of author, Edith Wharton, introduction to the novel, with a synopsis, character map, full character list, analyses of central figures, critical essays on the author’s style, choice of literary tools, use of themes, and a review section, that features fill-in-the-blank questions, quoted passages, essay questions, suggested practice projects, and a Resource Center with books, articles, and Web sites that can help round out your knowledge. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181427
Pavlos, Suzanne
80 7-12 Nonfiction
Shelley's Frankenstein
Cover for Shelley's Frankenstein

CliffsNotes on Shelley's Frankenstein

Author: Coghill, Jeff

CliffsNotes on Frankenstein digs into Dr. Victor Frankenstein's scientific creation, a "hideous and gigantic" monster that the good doctor tries to defeat throughout most of the novel. Following the story of an obsessive man whose determination to create a new race of humans produces monstrous results, this study guide provides summaries and critical commentaries for each part within the novel. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: personal background on the author, including career highlights, introduction to and synopsis of the book, in-depth analyses of the principal characters, critical essays on the book's themes, plots, and more, review section that features interactive questions and suggested essay topics, and Resource Center with books, films and other recordings, and Web sites that can help round out your knowledge. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181571
Coghill, Jeff
96 7-12 Nonfiction
Dickens' Great Expectations
Cover for Dickens' Great Expectations

CliffsNotes on Dickens' Great Expectations

Author: Bailey, Debra A.

CliffsNotes on Great Expectations explores Charles Dickens's renowned work, a novel that gives you plots that twist and turn, themes of good and evil, and people who want for means to make sense of their lives. Following the story of an orphaned boy whose first-person take on the world around him gives readers a detailed picture of Victorian England, this study guide provides summaries and critical commentaries for each chapter within the novel. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: personal background on the author, introduction to and synopsis of the book, in-depth character analyses, critical essays on topics of interest, review section that features interactive questions and suggested essay topics and practice projects, and Resource Center with books, films, and Web sites that can help round out your knowledge. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181830
Bailey, Debra A.
132 7-12 Nonfiction
Shakespeare's Hamlet
Cover for Shakespeare's Hamlet

CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's Hamlet

Author: Stockton, Carla Lynn

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark, but your grades will be sweet when you rely on CliffsNotes on Hamlet as you digest Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece. In this play, Hamlet explores the meaning of life, death, eternity, relationships, hypocrisy, truth, the existence of God, and almost anything else that concerns mankind. Character studies shed new light on Prince Hamlet, his father King Hamlet, the malevolent Claudius, the troubled Ophelia — and the rest of the cast. You'll also explore the life and times of William Shakespeare, and unlock the play's themes and literary devices. Count on CliffsNotes on Hamlet for detailed summaries and commentaries on every scene to help you appreciate the complexity of the play. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of major players, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, critical essays, and a review section that tests your knowledge. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181908
Stockton, Carla Lynn
144 7-12 Nonfiction
Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer
Cover for Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer

CliffsNotes on Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer

Author: Moran, Daniel

In CliffsNotes on The Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer, you come to understand how each of these stories deals with the "dark side" of the human character. Heart of Darkness is a journey up the Congo River to where an ivory agent, Kurtz, has succumbed to human weakness and evil, and has disintegrated into a grotesque creature. The Secret Sharer is an allegorical examination of a timid man who struggles to stifle the more physical and dangerous part of himself. Eventually, he resolves this duality and becomes more daring — and, therefore, more complete. This concise supplement to Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer helps you understand the overall structure of the novels, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Features that help you study include: Part-by-part summaries and commentaries, character maps that graphically illustrate the relationships among the characters, critical essays that provide expert insight on the novels' structure, and review sections that test your knowledge. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181953
Moran, Daniel
112 7-12 Nonfiction
Ellison's Invisible Man
Cover for Ellison's Invisible Man

CliffsNotes on Ellison's Invisible Man

Author: Washington, Durthy A.

With CliffsNotes on Invisible Man, you accompany a young black man in Harlem during his process of self-discovery and individuality. Through a difficult passage into manhood, author Ralph Ellison writes of the alienation of humans in everyday life, yet remains whole and optimistic. This concise supplement to Ellison's Invisible Man helps you understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. In addition to chapter-by-chapter summaries and commentaries, other features include: character analyses of major players, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, critical essays on the novel's symbolism and setting, profiles of leadership, and more, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a background of the author, including career highlights and literary influences. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182325
Washington, Durthy A.
128 7-12 Nonfiction
Brontë’s Jane Eyre
Cover for Brontë’s Jane Eyre

CliffsNotes on Brontë’s Jane Eyre

Author: Snodgrass, Mary Ellen; Jacobson, Karin

Question Victorian — and present-day — society as you study Charlotte Bronte's popular novel with CliffsNotes on Jane Eyre. What is women's position in society? What is the relationship of dreams and fantasy to reality? What is the basis of an effective marriage? Bronte tackles all these questions and more through the story of her heroine Jane Eyre. CliffsNotes provides detailed plot summaries, critical commentaries, and a helpful character map to help you uncover all the insight this novel has to offer. Make your study of this timeless novel a success with CliffsNotes on Jane Eyre. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of major players, critical essays, a review section that tests your knowledge, and background on the author, including career highlights. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182349
Snodgrass, Mary Ellen; Jacobson, Karin
128 7-12 Nonfiction
Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans
Cover for Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans

CliffsNotes on Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544182493
55 7-12 Nonfiction
Whitman's Leaves of Grass
Cover for Whitman's Leaves of Grass

CliffsNotes on Whitman's Leaves of Grass

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544182516
72 7-12 Nonfiction
Hugo's Les Miserables
Cover for Hugo's Les Miserables

CliffsNotes on Hugo's Les Miserables

Author: Klin, George; Marsland, Amy Louise

In CliffsNotes on Les Miserables, you examine two themes from Victor Hugo's epic: the struggle between good and evil in the soul of one man, and society's struggle toward a greater good. Addressing many of the social issues of his day, Hugo wrote this novel, which traces the path of Jean Valjean as he changes from convict to saint. Hugo believed in the spiritual possibilities of human beings and has chosen the story of the poor and outcast to illustrate this "perfectibility of man." With expert commentaries and critical analyses, this study guide helps you explore the profound social problems of the early 1800s, which influenced Hugo's work. You'll also gain insight into the author's life and other major works. Other features that help you study include: introduction to the novel, a brief synopsis of the novel, chapter summaries and analyses, an Interactive quiz to test your knowledge, and essay topics and review questions. Classic literature or modern-day treasure – you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182523
Klin, George; Marsland, Amy Louise
120 7-12 Nonfiction
Shakespeare's Macbeth
Cover for Shakespeare's Macbeth

CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's Macbeth

Author: Went, Alex

Packed with action and vivid portrayal of human relationships, Shakespeare's Macbeth traces the bloody climb to power and tragic ruin of a fate-plagued king. Count on CliffsNotes on Macbeth to carry you through the rise and fall of a cast of characters that includes a cruel and ambitious warrior, his wicked wife, and a trio of witches who have wormed their way into audiences' hearts since William Shakespeare first presented their prophecies about 300 years ago. Show your classmates – and your grade-granting teacher – that you're in the know with English literature. You can't miss with scene summaries, plot explorations, language simplification, and insights into the author's life and times. Other features that help you study include: a brief synopsis of the play, a character map to help you see relationships among the characters, critical essays on major themes and stage productions, an interactive quiz to test your knowledge, and essay topics and practice projects. Classic literature or modern-day treasure – you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182639
Went, Alex
112 7-12 Nonfiction
Kafka's The Metamorphosis & Other Stories
Cover for Kafka's The Metamorphosis & Other Stories

CliffsNotes on Kafka's The Metamorphosis & Other Stories

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544182417
52 7-12 Nonfiction
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Cover for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

CliffsNotes on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Author: Jacobson, Karin

In CliffsNotes on A Midsummer Night's Dream, you dig into Shakespeare's entertaining story of young lovers as they're toyed with by mischievous forest sprites. Shakespeare claimed to have written this romantic comedy to show that "love hath no law but its own." This study guide follows the action from scene to scene with commentaries that bring sense to the entertaining play, which is neither realistic nor tragic. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: life and background of the author, introduction to and synopsis of the play, analyses of all the characters and a character map, summaries of each of the five acts, and a review section that tests your knowledge and suggests essay topics. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544182783
Jacobson, Karin
96 7-12 Nonfiction
Dickens' Oliver Twist
Cover for Dickens' Oliver Twist

CliffsNotes on Dickens' Oliver Twist

Author: Kaste, Harry

In CliffsNotes on Oliver Twist, you’ll meet a dear, grateful, gentle orphan who, “instead of possessing too little feeling, possessed rather too much.” The CliffsNotes commentaries, summaries, and character analysis will show you why this sweet, sad, and moving story is considered to be one of Dickens' greatest works (and one of his more politically-charged ones). You’ll also find: life and background of the author, Charles Dickens, a short introduction to the novel, a list of characters essays about symbolism, style, setting, and more, and a review section that tests your knowledge. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544183087
Kaste, Harry
104 7-12 Nonfiction
Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Cover for Austen's Pride and Prejudice

CliffsNotes on Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Author: Kalil, Marie

In CliffsNotes on Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's most popular and well-known work, you'll meet Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters as they navigate the social milieu of provincial 18th-century England. In addition to easy travels through all of the novel's ironic plot twists, you'll get detailed plot summaries and chapter-by-chapter commentaries to show you how Austen's belief in rationalism triumphs in the union of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. You'll also discover: life and background of the author, Jane Austen, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, critical essays about women's roles in 19th-century Britain and money, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a Resource Center with books, Web sites, and films for further study. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544183537
Kalil, Marie
96 7-12 Nonfiction
Shaw's Pygmalion & Arms and the Man
Cover for Shaw's Pygmalion & Arms and the Man

CliffsNotes on Shaw's Pygmalion & Arms and the Man

Author: Harper, Marilynn; Lowers, James

In Pygmalion, Shaw presents the classical story of a professor who transforms a girl of the lower class into an elegant creature, who then falls in love with him—unfortunately in love, that is. Set in Bulgaria, Arms and the Man satirizes romantic attitudes about love and war. Raina, the heroine, falls in love with a cowardly, chocolate-loving enemy soldier during an unnamed war. After the war, her fiance challenges her new admirer to a duel, loses heart, and proposes to the maid instead.

ISBN: 9780544183568
Harper, Marilynn; Lowers, James
78 7-12 Nonfiction
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Cover for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Author: Connolly, Annaliese

In CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, you explore Shakespeare's greatest tragedy — the heartbreaking love story of Romeo and Juliet amid the conflict between their two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This study guide carefully walks you through every twist and turn of Shakespeare's classic by providing chapter summaries and critical analyses of each act and scene of the play. You'll also explore the life and background of the "Bard" himself — William Shakespeare. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of major players, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, critical essays, the history of the play's development, as well as its first performance, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544183742
Connolly, Annaliese
128 7-12 Nonfiction
Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
Cover for Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

CliffsNotes on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

Author: Van Kirk, Susan

In CliffsNotes on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, you explore life in 17th-century Massachusetts as you follow the ordeal of Hester Prynne, who has been found guilty of adultery and sentenced to wear a scarlet letter A on her dress as a sign of shame. The Scarlet Letter is considered to be Hawthorne's finest work, depicting a world where the real meets the unreal, the actual meets the imaginary — in a classic story that is difficult to forget. This study guide carefully walks you through every step of Hester's journey by providing summaries and critical analyses of each chapter of the novel. You'll also explore the life and background of the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and gain insight into how he came to write The Scarlet Letter. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of major players, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, critical essays on the novel's setting and structure, symbolism, and classification as a gothic romance, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544183797
Van Kirk, Susan
132 7-12 Nonfiction
Austen's Sense and Sensibility
Cover for Austen's Sense and Sensibility

CliffsNotes on Austen's Sense and Sensibility

Author:

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544183834
68 7-12 Nonfiction
Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
Cover for Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

CliffsNotes on Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Kalil, Marie

In CliffsNotes on A Tale of Two Cities, you experience one of Charles Dickens's most important works as he recounts the horrors of the French Revolution in what amounts to a cautionary tale warning of the possibility of revolution in 18th-century England. From its first line ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times") to its last ("It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"), Dickens's novel of revolution, sacrifice, and redemption continues to captivate modern imaginations. Chapter summaries and commentaries lead you through Dickens's "Tale," and critical essays give you insight into the women of A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of the main characters, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, a section on the life and background of Charles Dickens, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544184084
Kalil, Marie
128 7-12 Nonfiction
Stevenson's Treasure Island & Kidnapped
Cover for Stevenson's Treasure Island & Kidnapped

CliffsNotes on Stevenson's Treasure Island & Kidnapped

Author: Carey, Gary

These novels of pirates on the high seas and intrigue in the Scottish highlands were written on a challenge by Stevenson's teenage stepson to "write something really interesting." The results are these fast-moving and adventurous books, simple and entertaining.

ISBN: 9780544184299
Carey, Gary
80 7-12 Nonfiction
Joyce's Ulysses
Cover for Joyce's Ulysses

CliffsNotes on Joyce's Ulysses

Author: Kopper, Edward

Hailed by many as the best novel of all time, and cursed by just as many as utterly unreadable, one thing’s for sure: Ulysses is one of a kind. Those who are willing to take on this behemoth of a book will be rewarded with a trip through almost every variety of human experience under the sun. Summaries and commentaries will keep you on track as you step into the daily life of Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom and watch their stories unfold. In-depth character analysis, critical essays, and insight into the novel's literary devices will help unlock the novel’s deeper layers. You'll also discover background information on the life of James Joyce and the creation of this, his most famous work.

ISBN: 9780544184374
Kopper, Edward
128 7-12 Nonfiction
Bronte's Wuthering Heights
Cover for Bronte's Wuthering Heights

CliffsNotes on Bronte's Wuthering Heights

Author: Wasowsk, Richard

In CliffsNotes on Wuthering Heights, you explore one of Emily Brontë's most beloved and enduring novels, combining realism and gothic symbolism to tell a love story that's full of social relevance. In the novel, you follow the self-destructive journey of Heathcliff, as he seeks his revenge for losing his childhood love, Catherine, to another man. This study guide carries you through Heathcliff's life by providing summaries and commentaries on each chapter of the novel. Critical essays give you insight into the narrative structure of the novel, the major themes Brontë explores, and Heathcliff's obsession. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of the main characters, a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters, a section on the life and background of Emily Brontë, a review section that tests your knowledge, and a Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544184657
Wasowsk, Richard
100 7-12 Nonfiction
Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Cover for Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

CliffsNotes on Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Author: Roberts, James

CliffsNotes on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the double life of a man whose persona swings from honorable and distinguished to repugnant and repulsive. Following a fascinating character study, this study guide provides summaries and commentaries for each chapter within the nineteenth-century novel. Other features that help you figure out this important work include: a look into the life of the author, Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson, character list and expanded analysis plot summary that shares an overview of the novel, review questions and suggested essay topics, and a selected bibliography. Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

ISBN: 9780544181298
Roberts, James
64 7-12 Nonfiction
Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Cover for Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

CliffsNotes on Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Carroll, Lewis

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.

ISBN: 9780544179431
Carroll, Lewis
40 7-12 Nonfiction
Asimov's Foundation Trilogy & Other Works
Cover for Asimov's Foundation Trilogy & Other Works

CliffsNotes on Asimov's Foundation Trilogy & Other Works

Author: Allen, David L.

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background—all to help you gain greater insight into great works you're bound to study for school or pleasure. In CliffsNotes on Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and Other Works, you explore the American author's original three Foundation books, the three Empire novels, The End of Eternity, and The Gods Themselves. The Foundation Trilogy, written between 1951–53 is celebrated science fiction writer Isaac Asimov's most famous work. In the three-book series, he portrays the ruin and rebirth of a futuristic interstellar empire.

ISBN: 9780544179707
Allen, David L.
52 7-12 Nonfiction
Download XLS