Sites to find literary criticism on: A Son of the Circus, The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Widow for One Year?I am doing the works of Literary fiction for my i-search paper in...

Sites to find literary criticism on: A Son of the Circus, The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Widow for One Year?

I am doing the works of Literary fiction for my i-search paper in AP English and I need to find some literary criticism on these works. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The isn't spaced in the beginning, because oft the need for space... sorry about that.

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am pleased to see someone interested in John Irving since he is one of my favorite contemporary authors.  But sometimes it is difficult to find a great deal of literary criticism on contemporary authors because people have not been reading the author for hundreds of years!  I  have provided you with two links, both of which lead to other links with information on Irving and discussion of his books. 

Another suggestion I have is to see if your school or public library allows you access to the EBSCO database, which is likely to have some good articles, too.  Ask your teacher or your librarian about this.  Quite often, if you have a library card, the EBSCO database can be accessed from your home or school, one more good reason to have a library card! 

Still another suggestion might be to think about the movies that were based on Irving's books since you are likely to find reviews discussing both books and movies.  This might be an interested facet to your I-search. 

Good luck! 

brandih eNotes educator| Certified Educator

eNotes offers a critical overview and 5 critical essays for The World According to Garp at the links below.

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