Lit Crit Guides

Age Level: 12–17  Grade Level: 7–12

Introduce readers to the life and seminal works of classical and modern-day authors! A brief biography of the featured writer positions their work within the context of the era in which they wrote. Readers learn how think about, interpret, and understand the author’s works by reviewing major themes, style and language choices, and genres. Excerpts from original works allow readers to apply their newly-acquired skills, preparing them to independently read and understand the works of the author. (ISBN: 978-0-7660-7428-6)

    Appendix, Black and White Photographs, Full-color photographs, For Further Information Section, Glossary, Index, Sidebars, Timelines, Web Sites, Chapter Notes
  • Discusses author's major themes, genre, style, and form
  • List of important works
  • Includes excerpts from critical essays
  • Explores the effect of the author's works on today's world through social media and pop culture
  • Spring 2016
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Reading and Interpreting the Works of Alice Walker

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Alice Walker

Lisa A. Crayton
Growing up poor in a small town in Georgia, Alice Walker became aware of the effects of prejudice and segregation at a young age. She would later call on these early experiences when writing her most famous novel, The Color Purple...Read More

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ISBN: 9780766083592
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Reading and Interpreting the Works of Amy Tan

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Amy Tan

Audrey Borus
Amy Tan was born to Chinese immigrants who worked hard to fulfill their own version of the American Dream. After tragedy befell her family when she was a teenager, a tumultuous period followed in which Tan and her mother often clashed...Read More

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ISBN: 9780766079168
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Reading and Interpreting the Works of Arthur Miller

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Arthur Miller

Amy Dunkleberger
Arthur Miller is described by some as the greatest American playwright of the twentieth century. But to fully understand and appreciate his work, students must comprehend the political climate in which he was writing and the changes facing the world at the time...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-7340-1
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Reading and Interpreting the Works of Cormac McCarthy

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Cormac McCarthy

Greg Clinton
The works of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy can be described as dark, mysterious, and violent. His unique writing style and Southern Gothic, post-apocalyptic brand of literature defy classification and make for a challenging and thought-provoking read...Read More

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ISBN: 9780766079151
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Reading and Interpreting the Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Debra McArthur
Edgar Allan Poe’s poems and short stories may be familiar to students, but the life that inspired these tales may still remain a mystery. This text provides readers with an understanding of how Poe’s writing was influenced by the time period in which he lived and the circumstances of his tragic life...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-7342-5
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Reading and Interpreting the Works of Emily Dickinson

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Emily Dickinson

Audrey Borus
Emily Dickinson’s words may be well known to students, but they may know very little of her quiet solitary life. This text positions her work within the political climate in which she lived, the culture and expectations for an educated young woman of the day, and discusses what it meant to be a poet during the American Civil War...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-7344-9
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