One of the first literature textbooks designed specifically for writing courses, Literature for Composition, Ninth Edition continues to offer superior coverage of writing, thinking, reading, and presenting arguments about literature, all given in the authors’ highly accessible style. The book also offers a diverse anthology of readings organized around nine engaging themes:
The new edition includes features designed to emphasize the key areas of reading, writing, and arguing. These features include:
Over 300 classic and contemporary literary selections, some of which include abundant visual material.
Two new thematic units on "The World Around Us" and "The Sporting Life" chosen to appeal to students interested in environmental issues and sports-related works. 30 new fiction selections, including 10 by such contemporary writers as James Baldwin, Isabel Allende, T. C. Boyle, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
A new Chapter 1: How to Write an Effective Essay: A Crash Course; a writing checklist, and an invaluable list of rules for writers.
Six new essays by students, some with early drafts, for a total of nineteen student essays.
An engaging new plagiarism quiz (including answers) will help students test their understanding of plagiarism through examples taken from real life.
Eighteen checklists on topics including "Citing Sources on the World Wide Web" and "Editing a Draft" are included.
Six case studies give a variety of persectives for writing arguments and research.
The new edition conforms to the 2009 MLA Guidelines.
New student papers, writing prompts, and sections on critical thinking emphasize argument.
Sections called "Joining the Conversation: Critical Thinking and Writing" follow each reading. These selections promote strategies that will help you to question assumptions and provide evidence in the course of setting forth your oral and written arguments.