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Keynote Classics

Providing the keys to understanding time-honored literature and inspiring new interpretations.

Keynote Classics™ provide context and help readers to engage with the text and guide them to get more from their reading experience and remember, discuss, or write more confidently about classic literature.
Traditional classic books from mainstream publishers often begin with introductions that offer literary analysis by notable scholars. These are often very informative and helpful, but eliminate the ability of the reader to come to their own interpretations without bias from the experts. They have a choice between reading these spoilers and/or those found online or diving right into the book with no context or clues to help them understand these often complex books.

Keynote Classics™ are different. The Introductory Key lays the groundwork with carefully researched historical information and background about the author's life that helps readers put the book into its time and place in the literary canon. It doesn't give away the story or do the analysis, but suggests things to watch for and pay attention to so readers can recognize literary devices and formulate their own interpretation.


  • Keynote Classics™ include short Introductory Keys in simple language that provides context and concepts to think about before reading.
  • Unlike other literature study guides, our books do not provide analysis by specifically telling readers what the themes, symbolism, plots, etc. are. The Introductory Keys introduce the work with hints about what to look for and pay attention to so readers can come to their own personal understanding and analysis.
  • Questions are provided at the end to guide discussion for classes or book clubs or spark ideas for writing essays or analysis papers about the work.
  • Teachers recommend that students read actively and draw on prior knowledge and experience to get the most from their reading. Keynote Classics™ have wider margins for recording thoughts, interpretations, and connections while reading.
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