Items tagged "satire"

Candide, or Optimism

Do you think that we live in the best of all possible worlds? I don’t. And neither did Voltaire. Although written in the 18th century, his novel Candide, or Optimism (DB31736) is still relevant as if it was written today. It is a satire on the current state of the world and the problem of free […]

The Loved One

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (DB21678) is the classic dark satire—it’s even set at a funeral home. The plot centers around on a bizarre love triangle between a poet/pet mortician, a mortuary cosmetologist, and an embalmer named Mr. Joyboy. The 1948 novel takes place in a Hollywood cemetery, based the very real Forest Lawn […]

E.B. White

E.B. White may be most well-known for his beloved books for children, like Charlotte’s Web (DB46839) and Stuart Little (DB31831), but he was also one of the most significant essayists of the twentieth century. White wrote for The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine, influenced writing styles, and even wrote poetry. His work in Harper’s Magazine […]