English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Dear Robert Irwin,
My name is Mark Petrucci and I am a tenth grade student at Catholic Memorial High School in West
Roxbury, Massachusetts. For the next couple of weeks I will be studying an author that is involved
with British literature. From every author that I have reviewed; I haven chosen you to possibly come
to my school. I will be studying your life, and work that you have produced.
I have learned how you were born in 1946, and later in life you were recognized for being a popular
British historian, novelist, and writer of Arabic literature. I recognized how you taught modern
history at Oxford and taught medieval history at the University of St Andrews. I learned how you
gave up your academic life in 1977, to further pursue writing. I think it is also fascinating how
you are the director of a small publishing company, which will broaden your future in writing.
I have read some of your famous works including The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian
Nights: A Companion, and Islamic Art. I have also read some of your novels including Limits of
Vision and The Arabian Nightmare just to name a few. Your books have interested me because I have a
strong love for civilizations in Asia and the Middle East. I also love to analyze architecture from
civilizations and see how it traces back to the beliefs of that culture.
Reading one of your most famous pieces Islamic Art, I have seen how your background in the Islamic
culture has given you strengths to write this book. "Minarets may now be seen as entirely a
characteristic of Muslim religious architecture, but the very first mosques had none." I can
relate to this quote because I also have an interest in architecture. I also realize how many
cultures and civilizations receive their architecture from their own personal religious beliefs. I
have also realized how your background in Arabic culture has influenced you in many of your other
Middle Eastern books.
If you do come it will benefit us by give us an enormous chance to understand British literature
greater. It will give us a chance to see how a contemporary author reads his work and also writes
it. Next, we can learn how you became so successful in publishing and writing books. Also we can
realize how you are a director of a publishing company and how you publish yourself and others
Thank you for reading my letter and I hope you take this request seriously to visit and come speak
to my class.
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