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“The House of Stairs”: Probing the Depths of a Manipulative Mind


"The House of Stairs" By Ruth Rendell (Writing as Barbara Vine) (Source: http://www.penguinreaders.com/pdf/downloads/pr/teachers-notes/9781405879620.pdf) About the author ‘Barbara Vine’ is the pen name of the world-famous crime writer Ruth Barbara Rendell. Rendell was born in 1930 in London, the only child of an English mother and a Swedish father. She spent many holidays in Scandinavia and … Continue reading “The House of Stairs”: Probing the Depths of a Manipulative Mind

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The Magnificent Pearl


"THE PEARL" John Steinbeck Context (Source: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pearl/context.html) John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 1902. He was the third of four children and the only son of John Steinbeck, Sr. and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. Growing up in a rural valley near the Pacific coast, Steinbeck was an intense reader, and both his father, a … Continue reading The Magnificent Pearl