Students' Faith in Authorial Intent
Belinda Lothrop's letter to Robert Cormier 25 October 1988
Belinda explains the class newspaper project for Mrs. Anti's English class on Robert Cormier's novel After the First Death and explains how it was motivated by finding answers regarding the events of the novel. She pleads with Cormier to visit her class so they can ask him questions about his authorial intent.
David Key's letter to Robert Cormier
David explains how After the First Death was a summer reading project for Mrs. Anti's freshman English class and their newspaper assignment was to write an interview of a character that would reveal further information on Inner Delta.
Denise Concheri's letter to Robert Cormier
Denise discusses the frequent questions the students had after reading After the First Death and producing a newspaper with interviews of the characters. She mentions her teacher's (Mrs. Anti) diligence in answering their questions. However, she believes that the author holds the answers to a book's meaning. She also expresses the hope that Robert Cormier will visit their class since she, too, wants to be a writer.
Pamela Carpenter's letter to Robert Cormier
Pamela writes about how Robert Cormier's After the First Death was the best of the four summer novels assigned by Mrs. Anti. She mentions the newspaper project and despite their roles as investigative journalist, they still had points of confusion and questions about the novel that they hope Cormier will address in a class visit.
Rachel Flynn's letter to Robert Cormier
Rachel shares her enthusiasm for After the First Death and her curiosity regarding points of confusion in the novel, which she hopes he will discuss in a class visit. She mentions the fun the class had producing the newspaper project.
Stephanie Synder's letter to Robert Cormier
Stephanie formally invites Robert Cormier to visit Mrs. Anti's class and shares her faith in the author as the key to understanding a book's meaning.
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