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Literary Analysis Research Guide

This guide will help you find information for your research assignment both in the library and on the Internet. For students at Lone Star College-Kingwood, there may also be materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk. Ask a librarian for assistance.

As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage.  Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, literary works, events, or broader identifying terms.  Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet. 

The Assignment

About the Author: John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley, an American Playwright, was born in 1950 and raised in the Bronx, New York. The youngest child in a working-class Irish Catholic family, he grew up among the types of rough and wary people that would later inhabit his plays. Though an avid reader who began writing poetry at age 11, Shanley was expelled from school several times before being sent to a private academy in New Hampshire. After two years in the United States Marine Corps, he discovered playwriting while enrolled in the educational theater program at New York University; he graduated at the top of his class.

He has authored more than 20 plays, written screenplays, and directed his own productions.  He received three Academy Awards for Moonstruck, including one for Best Screenplay.  Doubt, A Parable played on Broadway from March 31, 2005 to July 2, 2006, and he won four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this production.


Rix, Roxane. "Shanley, John Patrick." In Bryer, Jackson R., and Mary C. Hartig, eds. The Facts On File Companion to American Drama, Second Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2010. (Updated 2011.) Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 5 Aug. 2014

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