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The purpose of this study was to use content analysis to answer the question: Can the early experiences in the life of Lynn Hall be identified as influences that are revealed in her books? These influences were identified by Hall in her autobiographical sketches.

Thirty fiction books were selected by a stratified random sampling technique from a list of titles arranged by publication date, then in alphabetical order by title. After each book was read, the influences and comments were recorded on a checklist and tabulated to test the seven hypotheses. The findings revealed the majority of the main characters are teenagers who are loners with a love of animals; the majority have happy family relationships with both parents but no siblings in the storyline. Over half of the settings are in rural areas or small towns.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

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Elizabeth Martin


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