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Writing about Literature

Elements of the Essay

Conventions That Can Cause Problems

A mastery of basic mechanics and writing conventions is essential to convincing your readers that you are a knowledgeable and careful writer whose ideas they should respect. This section explores three conventions that are especially crucial to essays about literature.

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