This rhetorically-arranged reader offers an exciting option for first-semester freshman composition courses. GREAT WRITING provides a multi-genre collection of essays,memoirs,speeches,stories,poems,and a play—all presented within familiar rhetorical contexts. Each reading was selected to show language at its very best—pieces that are clearly written,elegantly and intelligently reasoned,and suited to specific rhetorical strategies. Now in a new second edition,the authors have fine-tuned the balance between long pieces with short ones,humorous pieces with serious ones,and intense pieces with relaxed ones. The second edition also includes expanded chapter introductions for each rhetorical strategy,expanded coverage of the writing process,and many new readings that provide a greater diversity of authorship.
CHAPTER 1: DESCRIPTION
*N. Scott Momaday: "The Last of the Kiowas"
E. B. White: "Once More to the Lake"
Emily Bronte: "Wuthering Heights, Chapter 1" (fiction)
Amy Lowell: "Wind and Silver" (poem)
Percy Bysshe Shelley: "Ozymadias" (poem)
*Edna O’Brien: "My Mother’s Mother (fiction)
Alfred Kazin: "The Kitchen"
Alfred Lord Tennyson: "The Eagle" (poem)
John Keats: "To Autumn" (poem)
Melville Cane: "Snow Toward Evening" (poem)
CHAPTER 2: NARRATION
Willa Cather: "A Wagner Matinee" (fiction)
*Frederick Douglass: from "Narrative of the Life of Frederick
Douglass, An American Slave"
Emily Dickinson: "There’s Been a Death in the Opposite
Richard Wright: "Native Song, Chapter 1" (fiction)
Countee Cullen: "Incident" (poem)
*Judith Ortiz Cofer: "The Witch’s Husband"
*William Blake: "The Chimney Sweeper" (poem)
James Joyce: "Araby" (fiction)
Langston Hughes: "Salvation"
Edgar Allan Poe: "The Tell-Tale Heart" (fiction)
Raymond Carver: "My Father’s Life"