Many of us have tried to read the literary works dubbed as The Classics at some time or another in life, but struggled to grasp their meaning. This difficulty is often encountered because those works were written in different eras than our own times and thus in a style we are not familiar with. Dr. Leland Ryken is a valuable guide to wade into these cherished works of the centuries. Dr. Ryken served as Professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly 50 years and, with these guides, can help a reader capture the essence of some of history’s most enduring writings. Famous works included are: Macbeth, Great Expectations, Paradise Lost, Homer’s Odyssey, The Scarlet Letter, Confessions of Augustine, and more.