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A proven classroom favorite for more than three decades, this anthology continues to appeal to students and instructors with its broad range of enticing stories, poems, plays, and essays and its flexible structure. The arrangement by both theme and genre encourages students to think deeply about crucial topics while they learn about the four main genres of literature. The new edition provides a broader selection of works -- including many from non-Western traditions -- and more help for reading literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312436513
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 8/12/2005
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 1680
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.72 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD ABCARIAN (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is a professor of English emeritus at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 37 years. During his teaching career, he won two Fulbright professorships. In addition to editing Literature: The Human Experience and its compact edition, he is the editor of a critical edition of Richard Wright's A Native Son, as well as several other literature textbooks.

MARVIN KLOTZ (Ph.D., New York University) is a professor of English emeritus at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 33 years and won Northridge's distinguished teaching award in 1983. He is also the winner of two Fulbright professorships (in Vietnam and Iraq) and was a National Endowment for the Arts Summer Fellow twice. In addition to editing Literature: The Human Experience and several other textbooks, he coauthored a guide and index to the characters in Faulkner's fiction.

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction

Emily Dickinson, There Is No Frigate Like A Book
Why We Read Literature
Reading Actively
Reading and Thinking Critically
Reading Fiction
The Methods of Fiction
Point of View
Exploring Fiction
Reading Poetry
Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
Word Choice Figurative Language The Music of Poetry Exploring Poetry Annotating While You Read
Reading Drama
Stages and Staging The Elements of Drama
Dramatic Irony
Plot and Conflict
Exploring Drama
Reading Essays
Types of Essays
Narrative Essays
Descriptive Essays
Expository Essays
Argumentative Essays
Analyzing the Essay
The Thesis
Structure and Detail
Style and Tone
Exploring Essays

Responding to Your Reading
Keeping a Journal Exploring and Planning
Asking Good Questions
Establishing a Working Thesis
Gathering Information
Organizing Information
Drafting the Essay
Refining Your Opening
Supporting Your Thesis
Revising the Essay
Editing Your Draft
Selecting Strong Verbs
Eliminating Unnecessary Modifiers
Making Connections
Proofreading Your Draft
Some Common Writing Assignments
Explication Analysis Comparison and Contrast
The Research Paper
*An Annotated Student Research Paper
Some Matters of Form and Documentation
Titles Quotations
Brackets and Ellipses
Quotation Marks and Other Punctuation
Documenting Internet Sources
A Checklist for Writing about Literature

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
Stephen Crane, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky
James Joyce, Araby
Ernest Hemingway, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
*Naguib Mahfouz, Zaabalawi
Flannery O'Connor, Good Country People
Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson
*Haruki Murakami, On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street

*Anne Bradstreet, The Prologue
William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper
William Blake, The Tyger
William Blake, The Garden of Love
William Blake, London
John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
Emily Dickinson, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
Thomas Hardy, Hap
Thomas Hardy, The Ruined Maid
Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall
A. E. Housman, When I Was One-and-Twenty
A. E. Housman, Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff
William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan
Robert Frost, Birches
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
Robert Graves, The Naked And The Nude
Countee Cullen, Incident
Stevie Smith, To Carry the Child
Stevie Smith, Not Waving but Drowning
Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill
Ruth Stone, Metaphors of the Tree
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Constantly Risking Absurdity
Philip Larkin, This Be the Verse
Philip Larkin, A Study of Reading Habits
Peter Meinke, Advice to My Son
Robert Mezey,My Mother
June Jordan, Memo:
Bruce Bennett, The True Story of Snow White
*Alan Fox, Return Address
*Rosemary Catacalos, David Talamantez on the Last Day of Second Grade
*Hanan Mikha'il 'Ashrawi, Diary of an Almost-Four-Year-Old
*Adrian C. Louis, Tears of One Hundred Years
Molly Peacock, Our Room
Katherine McAlpine, Plus C'est la Même Chose
*Dana Gioia, Unsaid
*Rita Dove, Lamentations
Katharyn Howd Machan, Hazel Tells LaVerne
Sandra Cisneros, My Wicked Wicked Ways
*John Brehm, At the Poetry Reading
Major Jackson, Euphoria
*Evelyn Lau, Solipsism

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
CASEBOOK Looking Deeper: Literature, Myth, and Critical Theory
From Robert Graves, The Greek Myths
From Aristotle, The Poetics
From D. W. Lucas, The Greek Tragic Poets
Arthur Miller, Tragedy and the Common Man
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

Langston Hughes, Salvation
*William Saroyan, Five Ripe Pears
Joan Didion, On Morality
Bernard Cooper, A Clack of Tiny Sparks: Remembrances of a Gay Boyhood
Judith Ortiz Cofer, American History
*CASEBOOK Looking Farther: Children and Parents
*Yu Hua, Appendix (Fiction)
*Can Xue, The Hut on the Mountain (Fiction)
*Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Father from Asia (Poem)

Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener
Franz Kafka, A Hunger Artist
Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man
Shirley Jackson, The Lottery
Ursula K. LeGuin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
Harlan Ellison, "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman
James Alan McPherson, A Loaf of Bread
*Pauline Melville, The Sparkling Bitch
Amy Tan, Two Kinds

*Phyllis Wheatley, On Being Brought from Africa to America
William Wordsworth, The World Is Too Much with Us
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses
Emily Dickinson, Much Madness is divinest Sense
Emily Dickinson, She rose to His Requirement
William Butler Yeats, Easter 1916
William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming
William Butler Yeats, The Great Day
Edwin Arlington Robinson, Miniver Cheevy
Robert Frost, A Semi-Revolution
Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning
Claude McKay, If We Must Die
Bertolt Brecht, War Has Been Given a Bad Name
Oscar Williams, A Total Revolution
Langston Hughes, Harlem
W. H. Auden, The Unkown Citizen
Helen Sorrells, From a Correct Address in a Suburb of a Major City
Muriel Rukeyser, Myth
Dudley Randall, Ballad of Birmingham
*Gwendolyn Brooks, from The Children of the Poor
Richard Wilbur, Museum Piece
*Lisel Mueller, Triage
Jenny Joseph, Warning
*Tawfiq Zayyad, Here We Shall Stay
*Tawfiq Zayyad, A Million Suns in My Blood
Marge Piercy, The Market Economy
Marge Piercy, The Truth According to Ludd
*Charles Simic, My Weariness of Epic Proportions
Stephen Dunn, Bourgeois
Robert Pinsky, An Old Man
*Joseph Brodsky, A Tale
Nikki Giovanni, Dreams
*J. D. McClatchy, Jihad
*Hanan Mikha'il 'Ashwari, Night Patrol
Carolyn Forché, The Colonel
*Steve Earle, Rich Man's War

Sophocles, Antigonê
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
*Vaclav Havel, Protest

Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
*Mark Twain, The War Prayer (1905)
Emma Goldman, Defense
James Thurber, Fables The Little Girl and the Wolf The Very Proper Gander The Owl Who Was God The Unicorn in the Garden
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
CASEBOOK Looking Deeper: Literature and History From the U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 2
From Dred Scott v. Sandford U.S. Constitution, Amendment XIV Jim Crow Laws A Call for Unity from Alabama Clergymen The Birmingham Truce Agreement
*E. L. Doctorow, From Reporting the Universe: Why we are infidels
*Salman Rushdie, Imagine There's No Heaven
*CASEBOOK Looking Farther: Individual and Nation
*Amos Oz, If There Is Justice (Fiction)
*Saadat Hasan Manto, Third Letter to Uncle Sam (Essay)
*Mahmoud Darwish, Identity Card (Poem)

William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily
James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues
Bharati Mukherjee, Orbiting
Alice Walker, Everyday Use
Jamaica Kincaid, Girl
*Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter
Sherman Alexie, This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona
CASEBOOK Looking Deeper: From Fiction to Film
Sherman Alexie: from the screenplay for Smoke Signals, Scenes 37-42
Sherman Alexie: from the screenplay for Smoke Signals, Scene 59
Syd Field: from Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

Emily Dickinson, What Soft-Cherubic Creatures-
Paul Laurence Dunbar, We Wear the Mask
Robert Frost, Departmental
Amy Lowell, Patterns
T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
E. E. Cummings, The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
Henry Reed, Naming of Parts
M. Carl Holman, Mr. Z
Anne Sexton, Cinderella
Etheridge Knight, Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, I Would Like
Wole Soyinka, The Telephone Conversation
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Latin Women Pray
*Rita Dove, Daystar
*Cathy Song, Stamp Collecting
Taslima Nasrin, Things Cheaply Had

Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
*Wole Soyinka, The Lion and the Jewel

Virginia Woolf, What If Shakespeare Had Had a Sister?
Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
*Lewis Thomas, The Iks
Maya Angelou, Graduation in Stamps
*CASEBOOK Looking Farther: Western Education and Traditional Culture
*Abeer Hoque, Ironed Blue Sky, 88 (Essay)
*Felix Mnthali, The Stranglehold of English Lit (Poem)
*Es'kia Mphahlele, African Literature: What Tradition? (Essay)

Kate Chopin, The Storm
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
*D. H. Lawrence, The Horse Dealer's Daughter (1922)
Alice Munro, How I Met My Husband
Raymond Carver, What We Walk about When We Talk about Love
Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
*Robert Olen Butler, Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot (1996)
*Ma Jian, The Abandoner (24)
Pam Houston, How to Talk to a Hunter

Sappho, With His Venom
*Po Chu-I, Golden Bells (c. 810?)
*Po Chu-I, Remembering Golden Bells (c. 810?)
Anonymous, Bonny Barbara Allan
CASEBOOK Looking Deeper: From Poetry to Song
Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to his Love
Sir Walter Raleigh, The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
C. Day-Lewis, Song
William Shakespeare, It Was a Lover and his Lass
Ben Jonson, Song, To Celia
Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
Sir John Suckling, Song
W. S. Gilbert, To Phoebe
Aimee Mann, Save Me
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 29 "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes"
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 129 "Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame"
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130 "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"
Thomas Campion, I Care Not for These Ladies
John Donne, The Flea
John Donne, Song
John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
Edmund Waller, Go, Lovely Rose!
Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress
*Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Song
William Blake, A Poison Tree
Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose
Walt Whitman, from Song of Myself
Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
*George Meredith, from Modern Love: Sonnet 17
Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty
W. B. Yeats, Politics
Robert Frost, Fire and Ice
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Love Is Not All
Dorothy Parker, One Perfect Rose
E. E. Cummings, if everything happens that can't be done
E. E. Cummings, when serpents bargain for the right to squirm
C. Day-Lewis, Song
Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz
Theodore Roethke, I Knew a Woman
Elizabeth Bishop, One Art
Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays
Anthony Hecht, The Dover Bitch
*Wislawa Szymborska, First Love
*Lisel Mueller, Happy and Unhappy Families I
Carolyn Kizer, Bitch
*Maxine Kumin, Jack
Adrienne Rich, Living in Sin
Sylvia Plath, Daddy
Audre Lorde, Power
Lucille Clifton, There Is a Girl Inside
Seamus Heaney, Valediction
Billy Collins, Sonnet
Sharon Olds, Sex without Love
Deborah Pope, Getting Through
*Jane Kenyon, Surprise
Molly Peacock, Say You Love Me
Wyatt Prunty, Learning the Bicycle
Wyatt Prunty, The Actuarial Wife
David St. John, My Friend
Susan Musgrave, Right Through the Heart
Gary Soto, Oranges
Tony Hoagland, The Dog Years
*Jane Hirshfield, Salt Heart
Mary Karr, Revenge of the Ex-Mistress
*Moyra Donaldson, Infidelities
Kate Gleason, After Fighting for Hours

William Shakespeare, Othello
Susan Glaspell, Trifles
*Wendy Wasserstein, Tender Offer

Paul, 1 Corinthians 13
Erich Fromm, Is Love an Art?
Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman
*Meredith Besser, Perry Mason, Parakeets, and Gorgonzola
*CASEBOOK Looking Farther: Forbidden Love
*Chinua Achebe, Marriage is a Private Affair (Fiction)
*Nahid Rachlin, Departures (Fiction)
*Abbas Saffari, Our Story (Poem)

Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Iván Ilych
Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Bessie Head, Looking for a Rain God
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
Leslie Marmon Silko, The Man to Send Rain Clouds

Anonymous, Edward
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73 "That time of year thou mayst in me behold"
William Shakespeare, Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun
William Shakespeare, from Richard II
William Shakespeare, from Macbeth
William Shakespeare, from Hamlet
John Donne, Death, Be Not Proud
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias
John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
Matthew Arnold, Growing Old
Emily Dickinson, After great pain, a formal feeling comes
Emily Dickinson, I heard a Fly buzz -- when I died
Emily Dickinson, Apparently with no surprise
A. E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young
William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium
Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory
Robert Frost, After Apple-Picking
Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost, 'Out, Out--'
Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost, Design
CASEBOOK Looking Deeper: From Art to Literature
W. H. Auden, Musee des Beaux Arts
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, In Goya's Greatest Scenes
Francisco de Goya, The Third of May, 1808, Madrid
Anne Sexton, The Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night
Donald Finkel, The Great Wave: Hokusai
Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa
Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est
E. E. Cummings, nobody loses all the time
E. E. Cummings, O sweet spontaneous
Pablo Neruda, The Dead Woman
Thedore Roethke, Elegy for Jane
Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Philip Larkin, Aubade
Catherine Davis, After a Time
Maxine Kumin, Woodchucks
Philip Levine, A Theory of Prosody
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, People
Mary Oliver, When Death Comes
Seamus Heaney, Mid-term Break
*Janice Mirikitani, Suicide Note
*Adrian C. Louis, End Prayer for Mogie
*Victor Hernandez Cruz, Problems with Hurricanes
James Fenton, God, a Poem
*Victoria Chang, Morning Ritual

*Edward Albee, The Sandbox
Woody Allen, Death Knocks
*Margaret Edson, Wit

John Donne, Meditation XVII, from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
Mark Twain, Little Bessie Would Assist Providence
Jessica Mitford, The American Way of Death
*CASEBOOK Looking Farther: Death in Youth
*Milcha Sanchez-Scott, The Cuban Swimmer (Drama)
*Isabel Allende, And of Clay Are We Created (Fiction)
*Vijay Dan Detha, Untold Hitlers (Fiction)

Glossary of Critical Approaches
Introduction Deconstruction Ethical Criticism Feminist Criticism Formalist Criticism Marxist Criticism Historical Criticism Psychoanalytic Criticism
*Postcolonial Criticism Reader-Response Criticism

Biographical Notes on the Authors
Glossary of Literary Terms
Index of Authors and Titles

* new to this edition

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