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How much do authors want their work to be analyzed?

Dear Literary Ladies,

How much do you want your stories and novels to be analyzed, rather than enjoyed for their own sake? Sometimes the over-analysis that students have to do destroys the pleasure of reading. On the other hand, delving into deeper meanings and insights can expand the experience of reading. Where does a reader find the balance?

Last fall I received a letter from a student who said she would be “graciously appreciative” if would tell her “just what enlightenment” I expected her to get from each of my stories. I suspect she had a paper to write. Read More→


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