An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

"The difference between the attitudes of these two girls - Sondra with everything offering all - asking nothing of him; Roberta, with nothing, asking all." Clyde Griffiths is raised by poor and devoutly religious parents to help in their street missionary work. Clyde always struggles with the inferiority…

1984, George Orwell

"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public places or within a range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away." Winston Smith works in the Ministry of Truth, returns to his apartment and begins writing a diary to…

The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger

The narrator is living in an unspecified institution when he recounts his week in New York City during Christmas break following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a preparatory school in Pennsylvania. The narrator later tells the reason for his expulsion is due to his poor performance at the school. He…

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

A graduate from New Haven and veteran of the Great War decides to travel East to learn the bond business. He rents a small house with another young man at West Egg, a less unfashionable village but populated with wealthy people. His next-door neighbour is a mysterious gentleman named Jay…

Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

In late autumn 1902 while a student at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt in Lower Austria, Franz Xaver Kappus was reading Rilke's poetry. He was approached by the academy's chaplain, Horacek. According to Horacek, Rilke had been a pupil years earlier at the academy's lower school at Sankt…