At about half the length and a much lower price than comparable anthologies, this introductory anthology of short fiction, poetry, and drama is organized by genre and features chapter introductions and a bibliography of film adaptations. Readings have been chosen with an eye toward classic selections and gender balance, while allowing the book to retain the teachability and traditional emphases for which it has long been admired.
INTRODUCTION: ON FICTION The Bases of Literature Writing About Literature FICTION Fiction as Narrative The Art of Narration: Giving Meaning to Action Anonymous, Clever Manka Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour The Storytellers Black Elk, High Horse's Courting John Blackamore, Old Boss Wants into Heaven I.L. Peretz, If Not Higher The Reporters Ernest Hemingway, Hills like White Elephants Kate Chopin, A Pair of Silk Stockings Eudora Welty, A Worn Path Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? First-Person Narratives Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wall-Paper Grace Paley, The Loudest Voice Toni Cade Bambara, My Man Bovanne Judith Ortiz Cofer, Not for Sale Tales Within Tales Joseph Conrad, Youth: A Narrative Mark Twain, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Character Study and Social Commentary Looking Inward and Outward Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Minister's Black Veil: A Parable William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily Grace Paley, Anxiety Tillie Olsen, Dream-Vision Beyond Reality Edgar Allan Poe, The Man of the Crowd Gabriel Garcia Márquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron Autobiography Mark Twain, from Old Times on the Mississippi Maya Angelou, from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Michael Herr, from Dispatches An Anthology of Short Stories Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga D.H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall John Steinbeck, The Chysanthemums Flannery O'Conner, A Good Man Is Hard to Find Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing POETRY Reading Poetry Simon Ortiz, And there is always one more story Leslie Marmon Silko, The Storyteller's Escape Anonymous, Sir Patrick Spens Anonymous, The Cherry-Tree Carol Anonymous, Get Up and Bar the Door Dudley Randall, Ballad of Birmingham Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee Sterling Brown, Slim in Hell Elements of Poetry Repetition and Rhythm William Shakespeare, It Was a Lover and His Lass Thomas Hardy, The Ruined Maid E.E. Cummings, All in green went my love riding N. Scott Momaday, The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee Etheridge Knight, Ilu, the Talking Drum Compression and Verse Forms Countee Cullen, For a Lady I Know Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool Arthur Guiterman, On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness Marianne Moore, I May, I Might, I Must Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro Amy Lowell, Wind and Silver William Carlos Williams, The Dance William Wordsworth, The World Is Too Much with Us Emily Dickinson, There's a Certain Slant of Light Emily Dickinson, Tell All the Truth but Tell It Slant Word Choice: Meanings and Suggestions Emily Dickinson, The Bustle in a House Emily Dickinson, Because I Could Not Stop for Death William Wordsworth, She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways Robert Herrick, Upon Julia's Clothes A. E. Housman, With Rue My Heart Is Laden Gerard Manley Hopkins, Heaven-Haven Marge Piercy, The Secretary Chant Ezra Pound, These Fought in Any Case E. E. Cummings, in Just- The Speaker in the Poem The Speaker's Voice Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz Theodore Roethke, I Knew a Woman Edna St. Vincent Millay, What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why Nikki Giovanni, You Are There Robert Hayden, Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays Denise Levertov, At David's Grave William Butler Yeats, The Folly of Being Comforted Robert Browning, My Last Duchess Robert Frost, Birches Simon Ortiz, Notes for My Child The Speaker's Vision William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud John Keats, When I Have Fears Walt Whitman, A Noiseless Patient Spider William Butler Yeats, The Irish Airman Foresees His Death Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time Garrett Hongo, Something Whispered in the Shakuhachi Protest and Social Comment Audre Lorde, Power Joy Harjo, Anchorage Marge Piercy, Rape Poem Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est E. E. Cummings, "next to of course god america i Adrienne Rich, Hunger Ishmael Reed, Al Capone in Alaska Beyond the Speaker: The Double Vision of Irony Adrienne Rich, Aunt Jennifer's Tigers A. E. Housman, When I Was One-and-Twenty Dorothy Parker, Resume W. H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen Philip Larkin, A Study of Reading Habits Denise Levertov, Mid-American Tragedy Imagery Similes, Metaphors, and Personification Walt Whitman, The Dalliance of the Eagles Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Eagle Langston Hughes, Harlem John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer Carl Sandburg, Fog William Wordsworth, Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 Emily Dickinson, I Like to See It Lap the Miles Emily Dickinson, A Narrow Fellow in the Grass Nikki Giovanni, Woman Sylvia Plath, Metaphors Richard Wilbur, Love Calls Us to the Things of This World Symbol and Allegory George Herbert, Love (III) Ralph Waldo Emerson, Days Edna St. Vincent Millay, First Fig Stephen Crane, The Heart Allen Ginsberg, In back of the real Langston Hughes, Mother to Son John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn William Blake, The Lamb William Blake, The Tyger Conceits and Allusions John Donne, Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness Anonymous, Sumer Is Icumen In Ezra Pound, Ancient Music William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 Robert Frost, The Silken Tent John Donne, The Sun Rising Sir Philip Sidney, Sonnet 31 Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress Carolyn Kizer, Food for Love Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica Patterns of Imagery Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill Sound Meter and Its Variations Anonymous (modern version by Ezra Pound), The Seafarer Gerard Manley Hopkins, Felix Randal Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Splendor Falls on Castle Walls George Herbert, The Collar William Shakespeare, Sonnet 29 John Milton, On Shakespeare Rhyme Schemes and Verse Forms Robert Herrick, The Night-Piece, to Julia Robert Browning, Home-Thoughts, from Abroad Sir Thomas Wyatt, They Flee from Me Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Anonymous, Lord Randal William Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood The Sonnet William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116 John Donne, Sonnet 10 John Milton, On His Blindness Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur Robert Frost, Design Edna St. Vincent Millay, Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat nor Drink Wilfred Owen, Anthem for Doomed Youth E. E. Cummings, the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls An Anthology of Poems Anonymous, Western Wind Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Sheperd to His Love Sir Walter Raleigh, The Nymph's Reply to the Sheperd William Shakespeare, Sonnet 55 John Donne, Sonnet 7 Edmund Waller, Go, Lovely Rose Sir John Suckling, The Constant Lover William Blake, London Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses Robert Browning, The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church Walt Whitman, Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking A. E. Housman, "Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff..." A. E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young James Weldon Johnson, O Black and Unknown Bards Wallace Stevens, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), Heat Marianne Moore, Poetry T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica W. H. Auden, Musee des Beaux Arts Allen Tate, The Wolves James Dickey, The Heaven of Animals Gwendolyn Brooks, The Bean Eaters Lawrence Ferlinghetti, The pennycandystory beyond the El Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California Anne Sexton, Welcome Morning Ted Hughes, Pike Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), W.W. Garrett Hongo, Yellow Light Sharon Olds, Sex without Love DRAMA Reading Drama Greek Tragedy Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (an English version by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald) Sophocles, Antigonê (an English version by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald) Hamlet and Elizabethan Drama William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing Realism Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House (a translation by Otto Reinert) Contemporary Drama Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie Václav Havel, Protest (translated and adapted by Vera Blackwell) George C. Wolfe, The Colored Museum Selected Filmography of Movie Adaptions of Plays Index of Terms Index of Authors and Titles Index of First Lines of Poems