Robert Cormier American Literature Analysis
In 1974, when Cormier agreed to allow Pantheon to market The Chocolate War as a young-adult novel, the little-known journalist who had been writing adult fiction for several decades became almost instantly one of the most popular and respected writers in the young-adult field. This novel about a teenager fighting almost alone against the evil at a Catholic boys’ school—and apparently losing—caused an immediate sensation and controversy.
Cormier’s novels since The Chocolate War have continued to take as their subjects extreme, often violent, acts. I Am the Cheese (1977) is a mystery thriller about a young boy trying to learn his family history before the killers pursuing his parents and himself catch them all. After the First Death (1979) is a violent novel about terrorists taking over a schoolbus full of children. The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1983) is a bleak depiction of a young boy trying to find out why he is in a hospital with terminally ill children. Beyond the Chocolate War (1985) continues some of the same themes of Cormier’s first young-adult novel, but it focuses on different characters. Fade concerns several generations of a family tragically gifted with the power of invisibility. Cormier produced some of the most vivid and compelling works in the young-adult field, but his subjects are often grim and his treatment rarely sentimental.
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