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The narrator, whose name is never given, is a scholarship student at an unnamed New England all male prep school in 1960-61. The school's primary emphasis is literature. Each year, three famous writers come to the school. The students, including the narrator, compete for a chance to have a private conversation with each visiting writer. The competition consists of writing a story or poem. The best one wins. Robert Frost, Ayn Rand and Ernest Hemingway are the three writers for the year 1960-61. The narrator comes to realize that he will not be a good writer until he can be honest about himself, both in his life and in his writing.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   writer Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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