Having produced an emergency AP Literature guide for the 2020 online exam, I’ve decided to take the logical step and develop the condensed version into a full-length book for the AP Lit test.

The book will follow the same general organization as the Language and Composition guide—one half will be devoted to the multiple-choice reading (prose fiction and poetry), the other half to the three essays (poetry analysis, prose analysis, open response)—and will reflect the updated 2020 Course Description (half of the texts devoted to 20th-century works, the rest split between pre-20th century and 21st-century texts; no vocabulary in context or rhetorical identification). Each chapter will correspond to a specific question type.

While it is too early at this point to set a firm publication date, I am aiming for late winter or early spring. I will do my best to ensure that the book is available at least eight weeks before the exam.

If you are a student interested in submitting an essay for inclusion in the book, please email thecriticalreader1@gmail.com. At this point, I am looking only for the poetry analysis and open response (“analysis that examines a specific concept, issue, or element in a work of literary merit selected by the student”). Essays must have been written in response to a specific AP Literature prompt from a previous year’s exam; they cannot be generic English-class assignments.