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[Teacher-talknovel] In Search of the Novel #4

From: Lindsay Ball <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:32:57 -0700

Where do novels come from? I believe that asking this question is the same
as asking if a novel is real. They come from the author and the author's
life. A story can be created through using personal experiences or the
observations of others.

Does learning about the author help readers enjoy or understand the story?
 I have found that knowing about the author's background doesn't
necessarily make the story easier to understand or even more enjoyable.
 Readers don't need to know the author's life. I do believe learning about
the author can add meaning to the novel.

It is important to realize that authors make choices while writing. They
purposely add certain elements to the story to add meaning. It can shed
bits of light onto why the author wrote the way he did. I also believe
that learning about the author's life and seeing how it connects to the
story and realizing that his/her life created a story can inspire our
students. They can understand that their own lives can create a story too.


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