Books to Wake Public Consciousness

Usually books are meant to entertain us and save from boredom of ordinary life. However, some writers use their literary talent to speak of the things which the government prefers to conceal from public view. For instance, I recommend you to read the following books to get an idea of what the life of African American servants in the America of 1950s was like.

“The Help”, a novel written by Kathryn Stockett in 2009, provides an opportunity to learn more about the difficulties and injustice with which the life pf black people was filled. The main characters of the book are maids Aibileen and Minny whose life was bitter most of them time but who, nevertheless, preserved the kindness and the ability to love in their hearts. A young white woman, Skeeter, is concerned about the poor state of black people and writes a novel about the life of the help in Mississippi to draw the public attention to the problem. It is a very brave step as Skeeter’s voice became the first to express dissatisfaction with present regime. The book is full of sad stories of the maids being devoted to the family but punished cruelly for their minor faults.

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The White Anchoret

Emily Dickinson is called “A Modern Sapho”. She is blamed for the possible implicit nymphomania and supposed to be a saint. “The White Anchoret” is the most mysterious poet in the whole history of literature. The secret of the phenomenon of Emily Dickinson still hasn’t been revealed by the numerous critics and analysts of her poetry. But her raucous creations seem unlikely to be the key to the mystery of the eternal virgin.

Emily Dickinson was born in a rural town Amherst, Massachusetts. The town was a settlement of puritans, and the single religious community there was the Congregational Church.

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Bronte sisters

Bronte sisters are known as a phenomenon in English literature. They were born in a poor family of 8. A brother – Patrick Branwell, two girls – Mary and Elizabeth, who died young (in 1849) and tree more girls, the sisters: Emily, Charlotte, and Ann Bronte who are known as great female writers.

They lost their mother to cancer in 1821, and their father – Patrick Bronte – raised them with the help of their aunt – Elizabeth Branwell. Patrick Bronte died in 1961.

When the sisters started writing they weren’t very popular. The first book they published (altogether) was the book of their poems. Only two volumes were sold out, but sisters kept working.

Charlotte Bronte (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855; aged 38).

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