A grisly tale perfectly suited for Halloween, Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale" is often said to be about the evils of money. But taking a closer look at the source suggests there's something more complex going on.
Frank Norris’s 1899 novel McTeague is one of the great neglected masterpieces of American Realist literature. Filled with so much jealousy, obsession, murder, blood, and gold that 20th century composer William Bolcom turned it into an opera, McTeague is a useful reminder that “realist literature” does not mean literature that is exactly like real life.
For 70 years, The Freeman has been trying to tell the world about the pernicious effects of rent control. Intermittently, fiction writers have joined in. Will this policy always keep cities trapped in stasis?
Jane Austen usually discusses her characters' finances; even those who face no financial burdens receive close scrutiny for their decision-making processes. This makes her novels excellent venues for modeling economic concepts and—with Emma, anyway—critiquing the hubris of central planners.