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Why is it important to discuss the author of a book and the background of the author to students?

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    It's important to know the author's background to understand his/her perspective. This point of view influences what the author writes and the message to be conveyed to the reader.

    Could Huckleberry Finn have been written by anyone without a background on the Mississippi River?

    Look at Charles Dickens' childhood to understand many of his novels.

    http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/dickensbio1.html

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