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Both an American and a global anthology, BRIDGES is ideally suited for today's composition and literature courses. It includes over 300 stories, poems, and plays, and features an exciting mix of writers - those who have been the world's literary standard bearers, as well as those who are relatively less known. Together, these diverse, provocative readings encourage the reconciliation of viewpoints - bridges - discovered within them. Thematically arranged, BRIDGES contains a rich mix of contemporary and classic selections, works from men and women, ethnic American, European, Asian, Latin American, and African writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070442160
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1142
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert H. Muller, who received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University, is currently professor of English and Special Assistant to the President at the LaGuardia campus of the City University of New York. He has also taught at Stanford University, Vassar College, and several universities overseas. Dr. Muller is the author of the award-winning Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O’Connor and the Catholic Grotesque, Chester Himes , and other critical studies. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, The Sewanee Review, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He is also a noted author and editor of textbooks in English and composition, including The Short Prose Reader with Harvey Wiener, and with John A Williams, The McGraw-Hill Introduction to Literature, Bridges: Literature across Cultures, and Ways In: Reading and Writing about Literature. Among Dr. Muller’s awards are National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship.
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Table of Contents




Yasunari Kawabata, Up in the Tree

James Joyce, Araby

Jamaica Kincaid, Girl

David Leavitt, Gravity

Doris Lessing, Flight

R.K. Narayan, Mother and Son

Grace Paley, A Conversation with My Father

Amy Tan, Two Kinds.


Margaret Atwood, Game After Supper

Ulli Beir, Praise-Names of Twins (from the Yoruba)

John Berryman, The Ball Poem

Elizabeth Bishop, Sestina

Anne Bradstreet, Before the Birth of One of Her Children/In Memory of My Dear Grandchild

Gwendolyn Brooks, A Song in the Front Yard

Raymond Carver, Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second Year

Cho Chi-Hun, Ancient Temple

Sandra Cisneros, His Story

Lucille Clifton, Forgiving My Father

Emily Dickinson, From All the Jails

Rita Dove, Fifth Grade Autobiography

Nikki Giovanni, Knoxville, Tennessee/Mothers

Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays

Langston Hughes, Mother to Son

Ben Jonson, On My First Daughter/On My First Son

D.H. Lawrence, Piano

Audre Lorde, Oya

Janice Mirikitani, Sing With Your Body

Gabriela Mistral, Tell Me, Mother

David Mura, Grandfather and Grandmother in Love

Simon J. Ortiz, Speaking

Sylvia Plath, Daddy

Alexander Pushkin, To My Old Nurse

Theodore Roethke, My Pappa's Waltz

Muriel Rukeyser, Myth

Sonia Sanchez, Poem at Thirty

Gary Snyder, Not Leaving the House

Gary Soto, Learning to Bargain

Wallace Stevens, The Irish Cliffs of Moher

Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill

Joyce Carol Thomas, Black Child

Cesar Vellejo, To My Brother Miguel

Gerald Vizenor, Family Photograph

Margaret Walker, Lineage

Walt Whitman, There Was a Child Went Forth

WilliamCarlos Williams, Danse Russe

James Wright, Mutterings Over the Crib of a Deaf Child

Judith Wright, To Another Housewife


Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

Lanston Hughes, Soul Gone Home

David Henry Hwang, Family Devotions



Kay Boyle, Astronomer's Wife

Anton Chekhov, The Lady With the Pet Dog

Kate Chopin, A Respectable Woman

Isak Dinesen, The Blue Jar

Louise Erdrich, Snares

William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

Yussef Idriss, A House of Flesh

Alice Munro, The Found Boat

Isaac Bashevis Singer, Gimpel the Fool

Alice Walker, Roselily


Anna Akhmatova, Lot's Wife

Al-Tutili, Seville

Paula Gunn Allen, Womanwork

Maya Angelou, To Husband

Yehuda Amichai, The Sweet Breakdown of Abigail

Margaret Atwood, Against Still Life

Ingebor Bachmann, The Great Freight

Aphra Behn, The Defiance

Louise Bogan, Cassandra

William Stanley Braithwaite, The Watchers

Gwendolyn Brooks, The Bean Eaters

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, If Thou Must Love Me, Let It Be For Naught

Robert Browning, My Last Duchess

George Gordon, Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty

So Chongju, Poetics

Emily Dickinson, She Rose to His Requirement

John Donne, Wild Nights--Wild Nights

Rita Dove, The Bait

Alan Dugan, Adolescence--II

T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Forugh Farrokhzad, Born Again

Joy Harjo, Fishing

Seamus Heany, Sunlight

Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Henry Howard, To His Lady

Lawson Fusado Inada, Nightsong in Asian America

Ben Jonson, To Celia

June Jordan, The Wedding

Maxine Kumin, Together

Denise Levertov, About Marriage/The Ache of Marriage

Shirley Lim, Ah Mah

Amy Lowell, The Taxi

Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

Annette M'Baye, Silhouette

Josephine Miles, Housewife

Gabriella Mistral, To My Husband

Nancy Morejon, Central Park Some People (3 P.M)

Papyrus Harris, Songs of Delight

Pepi I Pyramid, Utterance 432

Octavio Paz, Engaged

Katherine Philips, Against Love

Sylvia Plath, The Applicant

Ezra Pound, A Virginal/The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

Ibn Quzman, The Radish

Adrienne Rich, I Come Home From You/August

Theodore Roethke, I Knew a Woman

Anne Sexton, The Black Art

William Shakespeare, Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds/Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Sir Philip Sidney, With How Sad Steps, O Moon

Mohan Singh, Evening

Cathy Song, Picture Bride

Mohamud S. Togane, Arfaye

Diane Wakoski, To an Autocrat

Margaret Walker, Poppa Chicken

Walt Whitman, I Saw In Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing

Sir Thomas Wyatt, They Flee From Me

William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan


Susan Glaspell, Suppressed Desires

Estela Portillo, Day of the Swallows

William Shakespeare, Othello



Arna Bontemps, A Summer Tragedy

Nadine Gordimer, The Train from Rhodesia

Bharati Mukherjee, Hindus

Gloria Naylor, Kiswana Browne

Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

James Thurber, The Catbird Seat

Eudora Welty, A Worn Path

John A. Williams, Son in the Afternoon

Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man.


Maya Angelou, Southeast Arkanasia

Margaret Atwood, The City Planners

Elizabeth Bishop, Filling Station

William Blake, London

Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool

Sterling A. Brown

Lorna Dee Cervantes, Refugee Ship

Judith Ortiz Cofer, What the Gypsy Said to Her Children

Countee Cullen, Incident

Carolyn Forche, Dulcimer Maker

Robert Frost, Mending Wall

Thom Gunn, On the Move

Joy Harjo, I Give You Back

Langston Hughes, Evenin’ Air Blues/The Negro Speaks of Rivers/Share-Croppers/Vagabonds

Lawson Fusao Inada, Nightsong in Asian America

Philip Levine, Spring in the Old World

Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Modern Secrets

Claude McKay, Outcast

Marianne Moore, The Steeple-Jack

Pat Mora, Elena

Carlos Nejar, Oil Lamps

Alexander Pushkin, A Sower Went Out to Sow His Seed

Edward Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory

Carl Sandburg, Working Girls

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Song to the Men of England

W.D. Snodgrass, The Campus on the Hill

Gary Soto, Daybreak

Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation

Stephen Spender, An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

Jonathan Swift, A Description of a City Shower

John Updike, Ex-Basketball Play

David Wagoner, A Valedictory to Standard Oil of Indiana

Chad Walsh, Port Authority Terminal: 9 a.m. Monday. James Welch, The Only Bar in Dixon. Phillis Wheatley, To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth. Walt Whitman, I Hear American Singing. James Wright, Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Mitsuye Yamada, Desert Run. Al Young, A Poem for Willard Motley. Bernice Zamora, Notes From a Chicana ôCoedö. Cyn. Zarco, Asparagus.


Bridgid Brophy, The Waste Disposal Unit

August Wilson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom



Chinua Achebe, Civil Peace

Isaac Babel, My First Goose

Jorge Luis Borges, The South

Ray Bradbury, August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains

Bobbie Ann Mason, Big Bertha Stories

Yukio Mishima, Patriotism

Luigi Pirandello, War

Hernando TTllez, Just Lather, That’s All

Luisa Valenzuela, The Censors


W.H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen

Kofi Awoonor, Song of War

George Gordon, Lord Byron, On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year

Aime Cesaire, Spirals. Stephen Crane, War is Kind

e.e. cummings, next to of course god

Roque Dalton, Love Poem

Kamala Das, An Introduction

Babette Deutch, Disasters of War

Rita Dove, Parsley

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, In Goya’s Greatest Scenes

Anne Finch, Trail All Your Pikes

Anthony Grooms, Homespace

Langston Hughes, Harlem/Without Benefit of Declaration

Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

June Jordan, Safe

Denise Levertov, The Victors

Robert Lowell, Children of Light

Mairi MacInnes, VJ Day

Claude McKay, America

Ifeanyi Menkiti, Veterans Day

Janice Mirikitani, Prisons of Silence

Pablo Neruda, The United Fruit Co.

Wilfred Owen, Anthem for Doomed Youth/Dulce at Decorum est

Rahel, To My Country

Adrienne Rich, For the Record

Muriel Rukeyser, The Lost Romans

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias

Wole Soyinka, Prisoner

Melvin B. Tolson, A Legend of Versailles

Fadwa Tuquan, After Twenty Years

Derek Walcott, Nearing La Guaira

Walt Whitman, Cavalry Crossing a Ford

Dorothy Wordsworth, He Said He Had Been a Soldier


Aristophanes, Lysistrata

Lady Gregory, The Rising of the Moon

John A. Williams, August Forty-Five



Raymond Carver, Cathedral

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown

Ernest Hemingway, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

Langston Hughes, On the Road

Shirley Jackson, The Lottery

Franz Kafka, A Hunger Artist

Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find

Philip Roth, The Conversion of the Jews

Leslie Marmon Silko, The Man to Send Rain Clouds


Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

Amiri Baraka, Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note

William Blake, The Lamb/The Tyger

Gwendolyn Brooks, Hunchback Girl: She Thinks of Heaven

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Consolation

Jayne Cortez, Making It

Victor Hernandez Cruz, From the Secrets II

Countee Cullen, Yet Do I Marvel

Rene Depestre, Nothingness

Emily Dickinson, A Light Exists in Spring Because I Could Not Stop for Death/There’s a Certain Slant of Light

John Donne, Holy Sonnet 7/Holy Sonnet 14

Rita Dove, The Fish in the Stone

Louise Erdrich, Jacklight/The Strange People

Robert Frost, Once by the Pacific/Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening/Tree at my Window

George Herbert, Church-Monuments

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty

Ricarda Huch, Death Seed

John Keats, To Autumn/Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition

Maurice Kenny, Corn-Planter

Galway Kinnel, To Christ Our Lord

Denise Levertov, Living While it May

Czeslaw Milosz, On Prayer

John Milton, When I Consider How My Life is Spent

Nicanor Parra, Piano Solo

Pepi I Pyramid Texts, Utterance

Ismael Reed, Sermonette

Roberto Fernandez Retamar, A Motto From Poets: Leave Stone

Christina Rossetti, Uphill

Omar Salinas, Quetzalcoatle

Bert Schierbeek, The Bicycle Repairman

Leopold Sedar Senghor, Prayer to the Masks

Anne Sexton, The Fury of Flowers and Worms/The Starry Night

Stevie Smith, The Weak Monk

Edith Sodergran, Hope

Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man

May Swenson, Hearing the Wind at Night

Sara Teasdale, Barter

William Carlos Williams, To Waken An Old Lady

Elinor Wylie, Puritan Sonnet


Woody Allen, Death Knocks

Samuel Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

Biographical Profiles

Glossary of Literary Terms

Permissios Acknowledgments

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