How might one best approach an essay about an author that would include his life, his work, and criitical commentaries?

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Perhaps the first thing you should do is consider how long this essay is going to be; are there guidelines about the length?  An author's life story alone would probably be too broad of a topic to tackle in an average sized essay, but then to add a discussion of the author's work, and even critical reviews of the author's work could,...

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