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Biographical Lens. What is Biographical criticism? Biographical criticism is a form of Literary criticism which analyzes a writer's biography to show.

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1 Biographical Lens

2 What is Biographical criticism? Biographical criticism is a form of Literary criticism which analyzes a writer's biography to show the relationship between the author's life and their works of literature. This longstanding critical method dates back at least to the Renaissance period

3 Biographical Criticism has…

4 Weakness 1: Equating the work's content with the author's life; they are not necessarily the same.

5 Weakness 2: Less-than-credible sources of information, particularly works that tend to be highly speculative or controversial unless verified by several sources.

6 Major points about Richard Wright Grew up on a plantation in the south; he was the son of a freed slave…then moved up North with his family where his father deserted the family; leaving him raised in a single parent household. Uneducated A Communist The Novel Black Boy illustrates most of his life


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