An alternative to large and costly books, this volume offers a wide, well-balanced selection of fiction, poetry, and drama in a handy format for less than half the price of a typical introductory literature anthology.
The 35 stories, 250 poems, and 9 plays are arranged chronologically and by genre and offer a choice gathering of classic and recent literature for today's readers. For an alphabetical listing of all the writers represented in these pages, turn to the inside front cover.
Grouped at the back of the book for convenient reference are a concise guide to reading and writing about literature, biographical notes on the writers, and a glossary of critical and literary terms.
Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.44 (d)
Meet the Author
Janet E. Gardner, an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, has published several essays on contemporary drama and pedagogy. She is editor of 12 Plays: A Portable Anthology (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003).
Beverly Lawn, Professor of English Emeritus at Adelphi University where she taught introductory fiction courses for three decades, has edited several textbooks on fiction and literature, including 40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 3rd edition 2009).
Jack Ridl, Professor Emeritus of English at Hope College, has published six volumes of poetry; his honors for teaching include the Michigan Teacher of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation in 1996.
Peter Schakel, Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English at Hope College, has published numerous scholarly and pedagogical studies on Jonathan Swift and C. S. Lewis; with Jack Ridl, he has co-edited Approaching Poetry (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1997) and Approaching Literature (2nd ed., Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008).
* Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Outlandish Blues (The Movie)
Allison Joseph, On Being Told I Don’t Speak Like a Black Person
PART THREE: 9 PLAYS
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (Translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald)
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House (Translated by Rolf Fjelde)
Susan Glaspell, Trifles
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
* August Wilson, Fences
* David Ives, The Sure Thing
* Wendy Wasserstein, Tender Offer
Appendix: Writing About Literature
The Role of Good Reading
The Writing Process
Some Common Types of Writing Assignments
Writing About Stories
Writing About Poems
Writing About Plays
Writing a Literary Research Paper
Biographical Notes on the Authors Glossary of Literary Terms
Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines