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The Glass Castle: Introduction
The Glass Castle: Plot Summary
The Glass Castle: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Glass Castle: Themes
The Glass Castle: Quotes
The Glass Castle: Characters
The Glass Castle: Symbols
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Brief Biography of Jeannette Walls
Historical Context of The Glass Castle
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- Full Title: The Glass Castle
- When Written: around 2005
- Where Written: United States (Virginia)
- When Published: 2005
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Memoir
- Setting: American Southwest; Welch, West Virginia; New York City
- Climax: Jeannette escapes from her family and childhood by moving to New York: As she leaves the bus station she tells herself she’ll never return to Welch, West Virginia again.
- Antagonist: Sometimes, Mom and Dad; other times, the American economic and political “system”; also, the various bullies and perverts of Jeannette’s childhood
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for The Glass Castle
What’s the Dish? Before writing a memoir, Walls had already published one book, entitled Dish: The Inside Story of the World of Gossip, which delves into the historical and cultural context of gossip and relies upon her years as a gossip columnist.
Based on a Bestseller. The Glass Castle spent 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list when it came out in 2005, and in 2017 it was adapted into a movie starring Brie Larson.