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Richard Russo Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Richard Russo is an American writer whose works have achieved wide acclaim and who addresses a variety of important literary motifs. This lesson offers essays that focus on the life, books, and overall themes of Richard Russo work.

Learning About Richard Russo

Are you trying to teach your students about the lives and works of major contemporary American writers? One such writer is Richard Russo. Born in 1949 in Johnstown, New York, Russo has written novels, short stories, and plays that have achieved wide literary notice. He addresses a variety of significant themes, and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2002.

To help your students focus on Russo broadly, you may want to have them write essays about his life and works. Writing essays will help your students synthesize different themes from within Russo's literary corpus, all while gaining practice with the writing process. The topics in this lesson are designed to move your students in closer to Russo as a person and an author.

Biographical Topics

Many students will be interested in Russo's life history and its relationship to his literature. These topics focus on his biography and how it has informed his literary career.

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