In our First Page video series, Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, leads students through the first page of twelve classroom classics. He shows students how the first page of a novel holds the key to style, point of view, narrative identity—and other important clues to what the novel holds in store for them.
■ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
■ The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
■ The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
■ Demian by Hermann Hesse
■ Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (translated by Edith Grossman)
■ The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing
■ Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
■ The Odyssey of Homer translated by Richmond Lattimore
■ One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
■ Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
■ Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
■ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
We hope you'll download these videos and share them with your students.