Write on the author and book
Subject: . The thesis will tell briefly why the author is important and place the book within his overall work. (example: William Faulkner is perhaps the most important American writer of the 20th century and Absalom, Absalom! is undoubtedly his masterwork.) In the body briefly discuss the author and then concentrate on the work. Describe where it fits in his/her career, discuss what the book deals with, discuss the theme of the work, and also the characters. Include a paragraph that tells your personal feelings about the work.
Suggestions: Introduction; In the Body—1 para. dealing w/biography; 1 para. dealing w/the writer’s work in general; 1 para. dealing with plot(s) of the piece you read; 1 para. dealing with theme(s)/characters..etc. of the piece you read; personal feelings concerning the piece you read.; conclusion.
Sources: 5 sources, plus the book itself. (Remember, at least two sources must be in ‘paper form’.) Check TCL (Twentieth Century Literature Criticism) or NCLC (in this case, use ref. citation form plus original pub. form). Check also other encyclopedias and books on subject. Also, quote from and cite the work itself.
Form: Follow the essay form, use quotes correctly, include a correct work cited page.
Here is a list of authors for you to choose from:
American: James Fenimore Cooper; Washington Irving; Benjamin Franklin; William Gilmore Simms; Edgar Allan Poe; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Henry David Thoreau; ; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Herman Melville; Walt Whitman; Mark Twain; Mary Wilkins Freeman; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Sarah Orne Jewett; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Kate Chopin; Stephen Crane; Frank Norris; Jack London; Edith Wharton; Theodore Dreiser; Willa Cather; Sherwood Anderson; John Dos Passos; Eugene O’neill; Jean Toomer; Zora Neale Hurston; Thomas Wolfe; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Ernest Hemingway; William Faulkner; John Steinbeck; Ayn Rand; Katherine Anne Porter; James Thurber; Eudora Welty; Raymond Chandler; Dashiell Hammett; Jim Thompson; David Goodis; Ralph Ellison; Tennessee Williams; Richard Wright; Vladimir Nabokov; Flannery O’connor; John Cheever; John Updike; Norman Mailer; Joseph Heller; Saul Bellow; Joyce Carol Oates; Toni Morrison; Louis Erdrich; Alice Walker; Bobbie Ann Mason; Kurt Vonnegut; Jack Kerouac; William S. Burroughs; Carson McCullers; Thomas Wolfe; Henry Miller; Annais Nin; J.D. Salinger; Harry Crews; H.L. Mencken; Nathaniel West; John Irving; Tim O’Brien; Erskine Caldwell; Carson McCullers; Upton Sinclair; Sinclair Lewis; Gore Vidal; James Branch Cabell; Thomas Pynchon; Amy Tan; Jim Thompson; David Goodis
British: Henry Fielding; Tobias Smollet; Oscar Wilde; Joseph Conrad; Thomas Hardy; James Joyce; Virginia Woolf; D.H. Lawrence; Charles Dickens; Sir Walter Scott; H.G. Wells; Samuel Becket; Grahame Greene; Anthony Burgess; Charles Darwin; George Eliot; George Sand; Mary Shelley