Understanding Great Literature: The Yearling

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Author: Jennifer Keeley
Publisher: Lucent Books; Hardcover
Ages: 8+

Lucent Book's Understanding Great Literature series offers a unique introduction to classic works of literature. Each book in the series is a companion to an enduring novel, play, or work of nonfiction and provides a comprehensive examination of the story's structure as well as a detailed analysis of important concepts within the work. Books in the Lucent series follow an easy-to-navigate format. Initial chapters offer a biography of the author and a discussion of the work as it relates to the times in which it was written. Subsequent chapters outline the story's plot and describe major characters, while a final chapter is devoted to major themes of the work. All of these elements work together to enhance the student's enjoyment and comprehension of the primary text. Each book also includes a series of study questions that probe main themes and an appendix of critical writings from reviewers and literary scholars that reflect how others have interpreted the work under discussion. An annotated bibliography points readers in the direction of other useful sources, and an extensive index helps students locate information quickly. Every Understanding Great Literature volume contains a complete set of critical tools to aid readers in appreciating some of the most popular and compelling pieces of writing in literary history.

Published in 1938, The Yearling was an immediate critical and commercial success. Its author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, became an instant celebrity, known as the hard-living, hunting, moonshining, pioneer woman of the Florida scrub. This book explores the famous tale of a boy and his pet fawn, as well as the eccentric author who penned it.

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