Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism. Published by Cow Eye Press

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Lynn S

-- This is not an issue only for teachers of literature. Many readers want to similarly reduce a poem, story, or novel to some expression of the author's life experiences, or at least to understand a given work by appealing to biographical information that might "explain" it, --

Oh my! This is a favorite sport of classical music lovers. It had never occurred to me that people do the same thing with literature.


The first author that came to mind is Sylvia Plath, and the explanation of her life given as the meaning to all her work.

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