Essay on Biographical Criticism Of John Dean Myers

951 Words May 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Biographical Criticism, shows how, a reader, relates his or her possible favorite author’s past, in order to relate it on how that author writes their story, and how the simplest pieces of texts relates towards their past. Walter Dean Myers was a famous author in his times, some of his well known books/poems included, Monsters, Fallen Angels, Slam!, Hoops, Bad Boy: A memoir, Harlem, Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices and etc. As he was young his mother had died when he was the age of 2, which then he grew up in Harlem, which started his legacy in reading books. His books show much of his biography as he was a kid growing up to become an author of books and poems. Notably, as stated before his mother had died when he was 2 years old, his father had given him to another family because he couldn’t live with the son anymore. So he was taken care by an African American woman, which had many other cultures and he grew up in Harlem. This shows why he writes some books, such as Harlem written in 1997. A piece of his poem in Harlem which shows Biographical Criticism, it states, “To a place called, Harlem, Harlem was a promise, Of a better life, of a place where a man, Didn 't have to know his place, Simply because,
He was Black.”(http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/harlem-a-poem/ | Harlem: A Poem Lines 5-10). In his biography by Virginia Johnson, it states, “Even so, it wasn’t a perfect place. As he grew up, his family struggled to get by, and, as he became a teenager, he became more…

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