Answered By: Hannah DiMeglio
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2021     Views: 2

Often, the best reason to use contemporary sources is to either 1) see how the work was received by the public or 2) to find influences on the work. As an example of the first, Trifles (1916) was not immediately popular with critics but is now seen as before-its-time. As an example of the second, The Lottery (1948) could be seen as a commentary on how people went along with the Holocaust, so using historical accounts from that time might be appropriate.