“Little Women”, a novel by Louisa M. Alcott has been written in 1868 and the second part appeared in 1869. Author’s personal experience of growing up in a big family with three sisters underlines the whole book: Meg serves as a prototype of her older sister, Anna; Joe stands for the writer herself; and the images of Beth and Amy were based on her younger sisters: Elizabeth and May, correspondingly. Although four sisters lived in the 19th century, some situations and moments of their youth along with advices described are quite relevant even these days.
Ayn Rand is American writer born in communist Russian and developer of the objectivism philosophical movement. Authoress expressed her philosophical views through the ideal of artists living solely on their creativity and talent, and only for themselves. Essential parts of her philosophy were rational egoism and individualism. “Anthem” is a small, but purposeful narrative on the opposition between a human ego and impersonal system; a dystopian novel that glorifies individualisms.
Jack Kerouac, one of the brightest representatives of Beat Generation wrote his book “On the road” within only 3 weeks in 1951 and this novel destined to become a manifesto for the Beat movement is not losing edge even these days. Be careful: reading this book wakes a desire to leave everything to live everything!
Jane Eyre is a classical novel written by Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) that has been originally published in 1847. “Jane Eyre” is magnificent thing, imbued with a guanine passion. Most readers happen to get acquainted with the works of prominent English writers the Brontes: three sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne for the first time by reading with this particular novel. The book used to be considered as a romantic novel interesting exceptionally for women and even these days such an assessment exists especially against the background of the rest classic works. However despite the love story being one of the central ideas this novel is mainly about the personality development and search for an own walk of life and happiness regardless any obstacles.
Literature genre of dystopia appeared in the first part of the 20th century due to numerous historical and social changes. Huge tempos of scientific and technical progress, arising and step by step disappointment in the bourgeois ideas, development of the depersonalized consumer society, and fear of fascism caused the interest in this kind of novels. Dystopia genre has been established by Y. Zamyatin (novel “We”, 1923) and cultivated by George Orwell with his work “1984”, which resulted from Orwell’s frustration in the socialist ideas.