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Literature for Children: The Stranger

“Meursault had another friend named Raymond. ‘Meursault, I’m very angry with my girlfriend. I think I’m going to be very, very mean to her,’ said Raymond.” Claudia McCowan thinks that’s about as far as we should go with that.


Literature For Children: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

“Huck ran away from his no-good father and met a man named Jim, who had never been the property of the nice respectable ladies and was most certainly not trying to run away from them because there is no history of slavery in this country.” Claudia McCowan tells it how it isn’t.


The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Once upon a time there were three little brother pigs, who all lived in the same town as their piggy daddy.” Lesson: keep track of your piggies.

November 6, 2011
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Literature For Children: Lolita

“The family—Humbert, whose last name was also Humbert, and Lolita, and Lolita’s mother–lived happily together until…um.” Claudia McCowan interprets Lolita for kids.

October 25, 2011
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Literature For Children: 1984

“Big Brother was very helpful. He reminded Winston to do his exercises, and to eat healthy foods, and to work hard at his fun job making up stories.” Claudia McCowan interprets 1984 for kids.