Gr 9 Up- In the first chapter, Kerr gives students excellent general strategies for writing about theme, character, form and genre, language, symbols and imagery, history and context, philosophy and ideas, and comparison and contrast essays. The techniques for writing an exemplary paper follow: preparing to write, thesis statements, outlines, body paragraphs, introductions, conclusions, citations and formatting, documenting sources, parenthetical citations, and avoiding plagiarism. The writing is straightforward and consistently supported with clear examples of strong versus weak practices. A model essay on Salinger's short story, "For Esmé-with Love and Squalor" is included. A general discussion precedes chapters devoted to one of Salinger's novels or short stories, e.g., The Catcher in the Rye , "A Perfect Day for Bananafish, "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut," "Just Before the War with the Eskimos," Franny and Zooey , and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour . The format of these chapters follows the author's introductory discussion-that is theme, character, form and genre, etc. Suggestions for sample paper topics are included under every subheading. Bloom's introduction consists of a two-page essay on Salinger's Holden, specifically the character's place in the literary canon, especially in relation to Huck Finn. For librarians who want to counter the daily student complaint "I don't know where to start!" with concrete direction, Kerr's book might be the answer.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
Bloom's How to Write about J. D. Salingerby Christine Kerr
J. D. Salinger's powerful fiction and enigmatic persona have captivated readers for more than 50 years. His works include Nine Stories, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Franny and Zooey, but Salinger's literary reputation rests upon his coming-of-age masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye, which remains one of the most popular and influential novels of… See more details below
J. D. Salinger's powerful fiction and enigmatic persona have captivated readers for more than 50 years. His works include Nine Stories, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Franny and Zooey, but Salinger's literary reputation rests upon his coming-of-age masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye, which remains one of the most popular and influential novels of 20th-century American literature.
Bloom's How to Write About Literature series is a valuable resource for students writing essays on great works of literature. Each volume in the series contains dozens of sample paper topics and brief discussions of how to approach the topics. Each volume also contains a detailed general chapter on how to write and format a good essay and an introduction by Harold Bloom, who meditates on the challenges and rewards of writing about the volume's subject author. Bloom's How to Write About Literature series is an essential tool for all students and a useful aid for teachers.
About the Author:
Christine Kerr received a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex. She has taught English literature in Europe, Africa, and Asia and is currently a faculty member at Champlain College in Montreal
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