I studied English literature in college and later got a master's degree in English as well. I taught English to high school students at one of the three famous "specialized high schools" in New York City for 25 years. While there, I taught classes focused upon mythology, American lit, British lit, world lit, and gothic lit. I can be particularly helpful with writing essays (especially about literature or poetry) or analyzing novels, short stories, plays, and poems. I'm also good at teaching how to solve grammar questions or writing questions. I am strongest on classic literature: The Odyssey, Beowulf, Chaucer, Dickens, Hawthorne, Twain, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Richard Wright, and so on. I pride myself on explaining "difficult" books like Mann's Death in Venice, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Melville's "Bartleby," and Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.