Originally Posted by LordOfTheFish
I don't really know... I just don't feel that it's necessary to researching the author, if that is what you mean.
I'd disagree. By knowing who the writer was, the more the work is understood. Take Fitzgerald; he was a socialite during the 20's, and as a result, all of his works deal with high social issues of that time, therefore, most of his works are semi-autobiographical, to an extent.