Identifying with a Young Reader and Fan

Clare Duddy's letter to Robert Cormier 14 Sept. 1997

Clare Duddy's letter to Robert Cormier 14 Sept. 1997

Clare Duddy, a 14 year old Irish reader, writes a humorous yet mature plea to Robert Cormier to continue writing so she will not have to resort to reading what Cormier referred to as “squeaky clean” young adult fiction.

Letter from Robert Cormier to Clare Duddy 11 Oct. 1997

Letter from Robert Cormier to Clare Duddy 11 Oct. 1997

Robert Cormier’s reply to Clare demonstrates his positive empathy. He sees himself in her and so shares a copy of the novel he considers closest to his childhood: Fade.

Related Links:

The International Public Library Biography and Fequently Asked Questions on Robert Cormier
http://www.ipl.org/div/askauthor/Cormier.html

Mass(achusett) Moment's brief biography of Robert Cormier
http://www.massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=21