Category Archives: Alcott (Louisa May)

Child Heroines Who Die for Our Sins

The child heroine who dies, a common trope in the 19th century, continues to fascinate us, appearing in “Bridge to Tarabithia” and “The Fault Is in Our Stars.” One of my students has this as a senior project topic.

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Lit’s 10 Most Painful Marriage Proposals

Literature 10 most painful marriage proposals.

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Lit’s 10 Strongest Female Characters

Who are literature’s ten strongest female characters? Here’s my list.

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