To Kill A Mockingbird4 Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird4



In, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee refers to Oliver Optic, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and
Victor Appleton as three authors whose works were enjoyed by Scout, Jem and Dill. These
19th and 20th century authors had similar writing styles and plot formulations. Adventure
stories, which were the genre of the tales written by these particular authors, were
extremely appealing to the young children in Harper Lee’s novel. Scout and her friends
wove detailed imaginary dramas portraying character’s discovered in these works. The most
popular works, which were also mentioned in the book, were Tarzan, The Rover Boys, Tom
Swift, and The Gray Ghost. Not only were they popular with fictional Jem, Dill, and Scout,
but they swept the country and were popular with all children during that time period.

Victor Appleton was the pen name of Edward Stratemeyer. He wrote numerous fictional series
for young children, although rarely using his real name. The Rover Boys (1899-1916) was
his best selling series although it was followed up with many more which were equally
liked. The Rover Boys was based on tales of preparatory school and college life. These
works were so popular that Stratemeyer continued the series with a follow up one, on the
lives of the original character’s children. Other series included Tom Swift (1910), The
Peripatetic Motor Boys (1906), The Bobsey Twin series, although written under the
pseudonym Laura E. Hope. After creating at least 150 full-length, hardbound novels, he
opened the Stratemeyer Syndicate, established in 1914, which completed works that
Stratemeyer outlined and edited.

Oliver Optic was the pseudonym of W.T Adams, a Boston author and schoolteacher. In 1965,
he left his teaching job and began writing novels full time and editing a magazine called
Oliver Optic’s magazine for Boys and Girls (1867-1875). His Juvenile books and magazines
were said to compare the works of another famous author at that time, Horatio Alger. Both
of their Characters were ambitious young boys who struggled to become heroes facing the
obstacle of poverty. They differed in that Alger’s characters were interested in rising in
the business world, and Adams’s were concerned with patriotism and adventure. Throughout
his lifetime, he wrote many series’. Some being: The Boat Club Series (1854), Woodville
series (1861-67), Army and Navy Series (1865-94), Stormy Flag Series (1867-69), Onward and
Upward Series (1870), Yacht Club Series (1872-1900), and Great Western Series (1875-82).
In the end, he had at least 1,000 short stories and about 115 novels to his name.

Probably better known as the author of the best selling series, Tarzan, Edgar Rice
Burroughs was another early 20th century author whose works were popular amongst the
children in his time. His second published story, Tarzan of the Apes, was released in
All-Story magazine in 1912. It was so popular, it was published in hard cover in 1914, and
sold millions of copies worldwide. The stories of Tarzan were adventurous and exciting, if
not scientifically accurate. The story of a noble’s son abandoned and raised by apes in
the jungle, who later falls in love with a scientist’s daughter was eaten up by the
public. They couldn’t get enough. So, even though the main plot was formulated in the
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