The Dolphin Reader / Edition 3

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When this flagship thematic reader first appeared in the 1980s, instructors appreciated its rigorous approach and challenging essays. This revision harks back to the classic Dolphin Reader, with its timeless selections, lengthier readings, and streamlined apparatus.

Compiled by a longtime freshman composition coordinator and current director of a writing-across-the-curriculum program, The Dolphin Reader is designed to engage students and provide instructors with flexibility and variety. The 87 carefully selected readings are arranged in thematic units that prepare students to face some of the central questions in a wide range of academic disciplines.

  • Assignments and paper topics guide students to write in various styles, from autobiographical to historical, while helping them make connections and comparisons among essays.
  • A unit of four nonfiction masterpieces includes Lytton Strachey's "Florence Nightengale" and Joan Didion's "Slouching Toward Bethlehem." These renowned longer selections are not available in comparable readers, and they give students an opportunity not only to read some of the finest prose of the last century, but also to apply insights drawn from several of the thematic units to a longer work.
  • The Instructor's Resource Manual has hundreds of questions for discussion and writing; lesson plans and reading quizzes for each unit; and summaries, lesson plans, and style exercises for every selection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395432136
  • Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 778

Table of Contents

  • 1. Some Ways of Knowing
    Adrienne Rich, Claiming an Education
    Samuel Scudder, Learning to See
    Carol Bly, Growing Up Expressive
    Jacob Bronowski, The Creative Mind
    William G. Perry, Jr., Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts
    Vincent G. Dethier, Extracting Information from a Fly
    Linda Hogan, Hearing Voices
    William L. Rodman, When Questions Are Answers
    • 2. Some Reasons for Writing
      George Orwell, Why I Write
      David Bradley, The Faith
      Richard Rodriguez, Mr. Secrets
      Adrienne Rich, When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision
      George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
      Joan Didion, Why I Write
      • 3. Community
        Scott Russell Sanders, The Common Life
        Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital
        Katha Pollitt, For Whom the Ball Rolls
        H.D.F. Kitto, The Polis
        James Baldwin, Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A Letter from Harlem
        Jane Jacobs, The Uses of Sidewalks
        Susan Glaspell, Trifles (drama)
        • 4. Femininity and Masculinity
          Susan Brownmiller, Femininity
          Annie Dillard, Samson in Chains
          Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff
          Katha Pollitt, The Smurfette Principle
          Jan Morris, To Everest
          Noel Perrin, The Androgynous Man
          JoAnn Wypijewski, A Boy's Life
          Gloria Steinem, Sex, Lies, and Advertising
          John Steinbeck, The Chrysanthemums (fiction)
          • 5. What's So Bad About Being Poor?
            Charles Murray, What's So Bad About Being Poor?
            GarySoto, Black Hair
            E.M. Forster, My Wood
            John Kenneth Galbraith, How to Get the Poor Off Our Conscience
            Clarence Darrow, Address to the Prisoners in Cook County Jail
            Sallie Tisdale, Good Soldiers
            Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving
            Alice Walker, Everyday Use (fiction)
            • 6. On the Job
              Dorothy L. Sayers, Living to Work
              Studs Terkel, Two Prefaces from Working
              Carol Bly, Getting Tired
              Sue Hubbell, Beekeeper
              Paul Roberts, Virtual Grub Street
              Perri Klass, Learning the Language
              William Carlos Williams, Jean Biecke (fiction)
              • 7. Faith and Practice
                E.M. Forster, What I Believe
                Patricia Nelson Limerick, Believing in the American West
                Huston Smith, The Straight Path of Islam
                Robert Kegan, The Mitzvah of Kaporis
                Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
                Flannery O'Connor, Revelation (fiction)
                • 8. Progress and Its Price
                  Daniel Boorstin, Technology and Democracy
                  Alice Bloom, On a Greek Holiday
                  C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
                  Barbara Ehrenreich, Spudding Out
                  Randall Jarrell, A Sad Heart at the Supermarket
                  E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops (fiction)
                  • 9. Their Lives and Times
                    Lytton Strachey, Florence Nightingale
                    Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem
                    Roger Angell, In the Country
                    Katherine Boo, After Welfare
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