Ms. Olah's English Blog

A VSB Blog Sites site


Want to know where to place a certain author or title; and to be familiar with the cultural, philosophical, and socio-political background of a story? In order to gain insight, it is important to be knowledgeable about the era the piece was written in. The Norton Anthology of English Literature has an extensive selection of canonized English literature. You are strongly encouraged to consult this book, especially if you are planning to major in English.

Favourite Authors:



Isaac Asimov (US)

Kurt Vonnegut (US)

Ray Bradbury (US)-favourite: Fahrenheit 451

William Gibson (CAN)-Neuromancer

Douglas Adams (US)-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

J.R.R. Tolkien (UK)

G.R.R. Martin (US)

George Orwell (UK)

Aldous Huxley (UK)

John Hillcoat (US)

Philip K. Dick (US)

Donald Barthelme (US)

John Barth (US)

Thomas Pynchon (US)

John Wyndham (UK)-Chrysalids, The Day of the Triffids

Arthur C. Clarke (UK): Childhood’s End



Haruki Murakami (JP), Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Banana Yoshimoto (JP)-Kitchen

Marc Fitten (US)-Valeria’s Last Stand, Elza’s Kitchen

Paul Auster (US)-The New York Trilogy

Julian Barnes (UK)

Salman Rushdie (UK)-Midnight’s Children

Rohinton Mistry (CAN)-A Fine Balance

Angela Carter (UK)-The Magic Toyshop

Mikhail Bulgakov (Russia)

Thomas Mann (Germany)

Adam Bodor (Hungary)


Joseph Conrad (UK)-Heart of Darkness

Franz Kafka (Czech Rep.)

William Faulkner (US)-The Sound and the Fury

James Joyce (Ireland)-Ulysses

Joyce Carol Oates (US)

Flannery O’Connor (US)

J.D. Salinger (US)-favourite: The Catcher in the Rye

Cormac McCarthy (US)

Hemingway: A Movable Feast

Samuel Beckett: Molloy



Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil Turok

Stephen Hawking

TED Talks, NatGeo, History Channel


Harold Pinter (UK)

Samuel Beckett (Ireland)

Eugene O’Neill (US)

Bertolt Brecht (Germany)

Shakespeare (UK)

Tom Stoppard (UK)-favourite: Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Arthur Miller 



T.S. Eliot (UK)

W.B. Yeats (Ireland)

Philip Larkin (UK)

Ted Hughes (UK)

Sylvia Plath (US)

Robert Frost (US)



The Perks of Being a Wallflower /The Art of Getting  By/Win Win/Blackbird/Donnie Darko/Dead Poets’ Society /Winning Season (The Catcher in the Rye/Pigman)


Finding Forrester (Pigman)


Equilibrium/Brazil (Farhrenheit 451)


1984/Brazil (1984, Animal Farm)


Warm Bodies/Romeo+Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)


O/Kenneth Branagh’s O (Othello)


Throne of Blood/Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth (Macbeth)


Schindler’s List/The Pianist/The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Night/Maus)


Blade Runner /I, Robot (Short Stories-Speculative Fiction)


Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead/Ethan Hawke’s Hamlet/Mel Gibson’s Hamlet/Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet (Hamlet)



Donnie Darko

Across The Universe


Stand By Me


Breakfast Club


No comments

The comments are closed.