How is it possible to locate reviews of the short story "Killings"?

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The short story, "Killings" by Andre Dubus was originally published in a literary journal and then included in his collection, "In the Bedroom." You can find criticism concerning the story and reviews of the book. Literary criticism and book reviews are quite different. Book reviews are written for an audience of potential buyers, people who want to find out whether a book is worth buying or not. Most reviews are relatively short, and consist of a summary followed by a judgement of whether a book is or is not a good read, or good example of its genre.

To find reviews rather than criticism, you need to search sites which include bibliographic references to book reviews such as Expanded Academic Index. Also look for reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Choice, both of which print numerous book reviews. A general web search for "author name" + "title" + "review" with generally pull up reviews of a book by the specified author of the specified title. Make sure to include quotation marks.

 


 

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The short story, "Killings" by Andre Dubus was originally published in a literary journal and then included in his collection, "In the Bedroom." You can find criticism cocerning the story and reviews of the book. Literary criticism and book reviews are quite different. Book reviews are written for an audience of potential buyers, people who want to find out whether a book is worth buying or not. Most reviews are relatively short, and consist of a summary followed by a judgenent of whtehr a book is or is not a good read, or good example of its genre.

Literary criticism is written by scholars for an academic audience and attempts to analyze and understand works of literature. The purpose of criticism is not to judge whether a book is good or bad, but to understand its place within the literary tradition.

The best place to search for critical works on literary topics is the Modern Languages Association bibliography, which is available online at most university and public library websites.

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