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79 Why was 1984 set in 1984? 2017-02-13T14:10:56.767

68 How do we know Humpty Dumpty was an egg? 2017-02-09T21:15:22.953

50 What is Hobbes? 2017-01-22T08:43:26.770

48 Did Arthur Conan Doyle code Holmes and Watson as a gay couple? 2017-01-18T17:45:11.653

47 Has copy protection ever been used in physical books? 2017-02-19T19:17:12.703

42 Why is there so much technical detail of whaling included in Moby-Dick? 2017-02-07T17:26:59.060

41 Why is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy referred to as H2G2? 2017-05-31T10:23:45.010

40 Where did the idea of a "true name" come from? 2017-02-19T00:11:11.553

39 How did Wonka's Golden Ticket sweepstakes ensure that children would win? 2017-03-08T22:12:54.477

38 What message is Bradbury trying to convey in Fahrenheit 451? 2017-01-18T17:54:15.803

37 Why was The Call of the Wild banned? 2017-01-18T18:08:37.660

36 Does Dr. Manhattan have free will? 2017-02-15T03:42:44.047

32 Why does "Watchmen" use the 9-panel grid? 2017-05-18T19:25:46.793

32 Should I read The Silmarillion before or after reading The Lord of the Rings? 2017-06-28T07:51:45.443

31 Is there anything that definitely confirms that Svidrigailov actually committed murder in "Crime and Punishment?" 2017-01-18T17:20:34.290

31 History of Spoilers 2017-05-14T21:41:55.270

31 Why has Bill Watterson ('Calvin and Hobbes') been retired for so long? 2017-12-18T19:41:46.413

30 Was there a reason Victor Hugo chose 24601 as the number for Jean Valjean? 2017-04-04T00:12:04.240

29 Did Shakespeare write his own stage directions? 2017-01-18T17:25:47.547

29 Does Snape talk in code? 2017-03-07T12:45:46.497

28 How many of Poe's stories are interconnected? 2017-01-18T17:31:36.920

28 Why is a raven like a writing desk? 2017-01-22T16:51:12.750

27 In 1984, why did O'Brien wait so long? 2017-01-19T00:25:04.603

25 George Orwell's 1984 banned for contradictory reasons? 2017-01-18T20:13:25.280

25 Is Judaism represented in the Narnia books? 2017-01-23T18:49:24.870

25 Did Shakespeare consider Julius Caesar a tyrant or a martyr? 2017-02-19T02:04:57.713

25 The author of a literary work disagrees with critics about meaning—who's right? 2017-03-09T18:59:50.263

24 Has the phrase "Elementary, my dear Watson" ever truly appeared in a Sherlock Holmes book? 2017-01-19T15:40:52.633

24 Why are haiku usually of 17 syllables? 2017-03-10T09:33:26.567

24 Are there any recorded discrepancies between The Odyssey as oral tradition and The Odyssey as Homer transcribed it? 2017-03-21T20:23:52.540

23 Why did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decide to kill off this character? 2017-01-19T11:23:19.573

23 Is Sherlock Holmes religious? 2017-01-22T22:15:48.627

23 Is there any textual evidence to support that Dumbledore was gay? 2017-03-03T14:48:31.953

23 Why is Snape so fond of Malfoy? 2017-03-08T23:30:32.263

22 When and why did the Brothers Grimm start collecting fairy tales? 2017-01-18T18:10:18.427

22 Why does Shakespeare's Julius Caesar switch to Latin for the "Et tu, Brute" line? 2017-03-18T17:49:24.603

22 What is the pun in Kipling's poem "The Three-Decker"? 2018-02-20T13:18:47.707

21 Does "The Charge of the Light Brigade" glorify war or criticize it? 2017-01-18T20:06:45.443

21 Is the mariner immortal? 2017-01-19T00:00:21.617

21 How did real historical Igbo society differ from its portrayal in Things Fall Apart? 2017-02-15T17:01:37.463

20 Why does Mr. Poe cough so much? 2017-01-18T17:29:14.640

20 What is the symbolism of Atticus killing the mad dog? 2017-01-18T17:57:49.867

20 Did J. K. Rowling base platform 9 3/4 on the Gump? 2017-01-18T18:10:36.317

20 In Foucault's Pendulum, by what method does the translation choose to keep or translate Italian? 2017-01-18T18:14:24.030

20 Why are Orcs associated with the colors red, yellow, and black in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings? 2017-01-18T19:35:46.120

20 Did Lenore merely leave or is she dead? 2017-01-20T03:59:18.893

20 Looking for a poem about the (fictionalized) writing of The Canterbury Tales Prologue 2017-02-13T21:41:39.333

20 What does Mark Twain mean by "cheers and a tiger"? 2017-02-16T19:36:19.727

20 What is the significance of Alec Bings's name in The Phantom Tollbooth? 2017-04-11T18:04:38.417

20 What is the benefit in the Prologue "spoiling" the play in Romeo + Juliet? 2017-05-12T23:36:07.177

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