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Overview

Drawn from our best-selling anthology, The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Literature to Go is a brief and inexpensive collection of stories, poems, and plays supported by the superior instruction you expect from a Michael Meyer anthology. With literature from many periods, cultures, and diverse voices, the book is also a complete guide to close reading, critical thinking, and thoughtful writing about literature. The second edition features a new thematic chapter on our working lives and a new in-depth chapter on the fiction of Dagoberto Gilb, created in collaboration with the author himself—continuing the anthology’s mission to present literature as a living, changing art form.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312624125
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1100
  • Sales rank: 357,497
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Meyer has taught writing and literature courses for more than thirty years—since 1981 at the University of Connecticut and before that at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the College of William and Mary. In addition to being an experienced teacher, Meyer is a highly regarded literary scholar. His scholarly articles have appeared in distinguished journals such as American Literature, Studies in the American Renaissance, and Virginia Quarterly Review. An internationally recognized authority on Henry David Thoreau, Meyer is a former president of the Thoreau Society and coauthor (with Walter Harding) of The New Thoreau Handbook, a standard reference source. The American Studies Association awarded his first book, Several More Lives to Live: Thoreau’s Political Reputation in America, the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize. . He is also the editor of Frederick Douglass: The Narrative and Selected Writings. He has lectured on a variety of American literary topics from Cambridge University to Peking University. His books for Bedford/St. Martin's include The Bedford Introduction to Literature; The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature; Literature to Go; Poetry: An Introduction; and Thinking and Writing about Literature.

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Table of Contents

Resources for Reading and Writing about Literature
Preface for Instructors
INTRODUCTION: READING IMAGINATIVE LITERATURE
The Nature of Literature
     EMILY DICKINSON, A narrow Fellow in the Grass
The Value of Literature
The Changing Literary Canon
 
FICTION
 
The Elements of Fiction
 
1. Reading Fiction
Reading Fiction Responsively
     KATE CHOPIN, The Story of an Hour
A SAMPLE CLOSE READING: An Annotated Section of “The Story of an Hour”
A SAMPLE PAPER: Differences in Responses to Kate Chopin's “The Story of an Hour”
Explorations and Formulas
A COMPARISON OF TWO STORIES
     KAREN VAN DER ZEE, From A Secret Sorrow
     GAIL GODWIN, A Sorrowful Woman 2. Plot

2. Plot
     EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, From Tarzan of the Apes
     ALICE WALKER, The Flowers
     WILLIAM FAULKNER, A Rose for Emily
 
3. Character
     CHARLES DICKENS, From Hard Times
     MAY-LEE CHAI, Saving Sourdi
     HERMAN MELVILLE, Bartleby, the Scrivener  
 
4. Setting
     ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Soldier's Home
     FAY WELDON, IND AFF, or Out of Love in Sarajevo
     A. S. BYATT, Baglady
 
5. Point of View
Third-Person Narrator
First-Person Narrator
     ANTON CHEKHOV, The Lady with the Pet Dog
     JOYCE CAROL OATES, The Lady with the Pet Dog
     ALICE MUNRO, An Ounce of Cure
 
6. Symbolism
     COLETTE, The Hand
     RALPH ELLISON, Battle Royal
     PETER MEINKE, The Cranes
 
7. Theme
     GUY DE MAUPASSANT, The Necklace
     STEPHEN CRANE, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky
     DAGOBERTO GILB, Love in L.A.
 
8. Style, Tone, and Irony
Style
Tone
Irony
     RAYMOND CARVER, Popular Mechanics
     SUSAN MINOT, Lust
     T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE, Carnal Knowlege
 
Fiction in Depth
 
9. A Study of Flannery O'Connor
A Brief Biography and Introduction  
     FLANNERY O'CONNOR, A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Perspectives on O'Connor
     FLANNERY O'CONNOR, On the Use of Exaggeration and Distortion
     JOSEPHINE HENDIN, On O'Connor's Refusal to “Do Pretty”
     CLAIRE KATZ, The Function of Violence in O'Connor's Fiction
     TIME MAGAZINE, On “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
 
A Collection of Stories

10. Stories for Further Reading
     CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI, Clothes
     NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The Birthmark
     JAMES JOYCE, Eveline
     JAMAICA KINCAID, Girl
     IAN MCEWAN, The Use of Poetry
     TIM O'BRIEN, How to Tell a True War Story
     E. ANNIE PROULX, 55 Miles to the Gas Pump
     MARK TWAIN, The Story of the Good Little Boy
     JOHN UPDIKE, A & P
 
POETRY
 
The Elements of Poetry
 
11. Reading Poetry
Reading Poetry Responsively
     Lisa Parker, Snapping Beans
     Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays
     John Updike, Dog's Death
The Pleasure of Words
     William Hathaway, Oh, Oh  
SAMPLE CLOSE READING: An Annotated Version of Oh, Oh
     Robert Francis, Catch
A SAMPLE STUDENT ANALYSIS: Tossing Metaphors Together in “Catch”
     Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish   
     Philip Larkin, A Study of Reading Habits
     Robert Morgan, Mountain Graveyard
     E. E. Cummings, l(a  
     Anonymous, Western Wind
     Regina Barreca, Nighttime Fires
SUGGESTIONS FOR APPROACHING POETRY
     Billy Collins, Introduction to Poetry  
Poetry in Popular Forms 
     Helen Farries, Magic of Love
     John Frederick Nims, Love Poem
     Bruce Springsteen, You're Missing
Poems for Further Study
     Alberto Ríos, Seniors
     Li Ho, A Beautiful Girl Combs Her Hair
     Peter Pereira, Anagrammer
     Robert Frost, Design
     Mary Oliver, The Poet with His Face in His Hands
 
12. Word Choice, Word Order, and Tone
Word Choice
Diction
Denotations and Connotations
      Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
Word Order
Tone
     Kathryn Howd Machan, Hazel Tells LaVerne
     Martín Espada, Latin Night at the Pawnshop
     Paul Laurence Dunbar, To a Captious Critic
Diction and Tone in Four Love Poems
     Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time  
     Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress  
     Ann Lauinger, Marvell Noir
     Sharon Olds, Last Night
Poems for Further Study
     Thomas Hardy, The Convergence of the Twain
     David R. Slavitt, Titanic
     Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool
     Joan Murray, We Old Dudes
     Louis Simpson, In the Suburbs
     Mary Oliver, Oxygen
     Emily Dickinson, Some keep the Sabbath going to Church-
     John Keats, Ode on A Grecian Urn
Poets at Play
     Billy Collins, Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes
     Joan Murray, Taking Off Billy Collins's Clothes
     (postcard) Billy Collins, To Joan Murray
   
13. Images
Poetry's Appeal to the Senses
     William Carlos Williams, Poem
     Walt Whitman, Cavalry Crossing a Ford
     Theodore Roethke, Root Cellar
     Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
     Jimmy Santiago Baca, Green Chile
     Poems for Further Study
     Amy Lowell, The Pond
     William Blake, London
     Emily Dickinson, Wild Nights-Wild Nights!
     Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est
     Sally Croft, Home-Baked Bread
     John Keats, To Autumn
     Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro
 
14. Figures of Speech
     William Shakespeare, From Macbeth (Act V, Scene 5)
Simile and Metaphor
     Margaret Atwood, you fit into me   
     Emily Dickinson, Presentiment-is that long Shadow-on the lawn-
Other Figures
     Edmund Conti, Pragmatist
     Dylan Thomas, The Hand That Signed the Paper
     Janice Townley Moore, To a Wasp
     J. Patrick Lewis, The Unkindest Cut
Poems for Further Study
     Gary Snyder, How Poetry Comes to Me
     Ernest Slyman, Lightning Bugs
     Judy Page Heitzman, The Schoolroom on the Second Floor of the Knitting Mill
     William Wordsworth, London, 1802
     Robert Frost, Fire and Ice
     John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
     Linda Pastan, Marks
     Kay Ryan, Hailstorm
     Elaine Magarrell, The Joy of Cooking
 
15. Symbol, Allegory, and Irony
Symbol
     Robert Frost, Acquainted with the Night
Allegory
     Edgar Allan Poe, The Haunted Palace
Irony
     Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory
     Kenneth Fearing, AD
     E. E. Cummings, next to of course god america i
     Stephen Crane, A Man Said to the Universe
Poems for Further Study
     Bob Hicok, Making it in Poetry 
     Kevin Pierce, Proof of Origin
     Carl Sandburg, Buttons
     Wallace Stevens, Anecdote of the Jar
     Jim Tilley, Richter 7.8
     William Stafford, Traveling through the Dark
     Alan Nowlan, The Bull Moose
     Julio Marzán, Ethnic Poetry
     James Merrill, Casual Wear
     Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
     William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper
 
16. Sounds
Listening to Poetry
     John Updike, Player Piano
     May Swenson, A Nosty Fright
     Emily Dickinson, A Bird came down the Walk-
     Galway Kinnell, Blackberry Eating
Rhyme
     Richard Armour, Going to Extremes
     Robert Southey, From The Cataract of Lodore
Sound and Meaning
     Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur
Poems for Further Study
     Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), Jabberwocky
     Emily Dickinson, I heard a Fly Buzz-when I died
     Robert Frost, Stoppy By Woods on a Snowy Evening
     John Donne, Song 
     Paul Humphrey, Blow
     Robert Francis, The Pitcher
     Helen Chasin, The Word Plum
 
17. Patterns of Rhythm
Some Principles of Meter
     Walt Whitman, From Song of the Open Road
     William Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps Up
SUGGESTIONS FOR SCANNING A POEM
     Timothy Steele, Waiting for the Storm
     William Butler Yeats, That the Night Come
Poems for Further Study 
     Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Break, Break, Break
     Alice Jones, The Foot
     Rita Dove, Fox Trot Fridays
     Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder
     Ben Johnson, Still to Be Neat
     William Blake, The Lamb
     William Blake, The Tyger
     Carl Sandburg, Chicago
     Robert Frost, Out, Out—
     Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz
  
18. Poetic Forms
Some Common Poetic Forms
     A. E. Housman, Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
     Robert Herrick, Upon Julia's Clothes
Sonnet
     John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
     William Wordsworth, The World Is Too Much with Us
     William Shakespeare, Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
     William Shakespeare, My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
     Edna St. Vincent Millay, I will put Chaos into fourteen lines
     Molly Peacock, Desire
     Mark Jarman, Unholy Sonnet
     X.J. Kennedy, The Purpose of Time is to Prevent Everything from Happening at Once
Villanelle
     Dylan Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night  
Sestina
     Florence Cassen Mayers, All-American Sestina
Epigram
     Samuel Taylor Coleridge, What Is an Epigram?
     A. R. Ammons, Coward
     David McCord, Epitaph on a Waiter
     Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Theology
Limerick
     Anonymous, There was a young lady named Bright
     Laurence Perrine, The limerick's never averse
Haiku
     Matsuo Bash_, Under cherry trees
     Carolyn Kizer, After Bash_
     Sonia Sanchez, c'mon man hold me
Elegy
     Theodore Roethke, Elegy for Jane
     Brendan Galvin, An Evel Knievel Elegy
Ode
     Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind
     Baron Wormser, Labor
Parody
     Blanche Farley, The Lover Not Taken
Picture Poem
     Elaine Mitchell, For
Perspective
     Michael McFee, In Medias Res 
    
19. Open Form
     E. E. Cummings, in Just-
     Walt Whitman, From I Sing the Body Electric  
     Louis Jenkins, The Prose Poem
     Galway Kinnell, After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
     Kelly Cherry, Alzheimer's
     William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow
     Marilyn Nelson Waniek, Emily Dickinson's Defunct 
     Julio Marzán, The Translator at the Reception for Latin American Writers
     Anonymous, The Frog
     Julia Alvarez, Queens, 1963
     Tato Laviera, AmeRícan
     Peter Meinke, The ABC of Aerobics
     (found poem) Donald Justice, Order in the Streets  
Approaches to Poetry 
 
20. A Study of Billy Collins: The Author Reflects on Five Poems
A Brief Biography
An Introduction to His Work
     Billy Collins, How Do Poems Travel?
     Billy Collins, Osso Buco
     Billy Collins, On Writing “Osso Buco”
     Billy Collins, Nostalgia
     Billy Collins, On Writing “Nostalgia”
     Billy Collins, Questions About Angels
     Billy Collins, On Writing “Questions About Angels”
     Billy Collins, Litany
     Billy Collins, On Writing “Litany”
     Billy Collins, Building With Its Face Blown Off
Perspectives on Billy Collins
     Michael Meyer Interviews Billy Collins, On “Building with Its Face Blown Off”
     Billy Collins, Draft Manuscript page of “Busy Day”
SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR LONGER PAPERS
QUESTIONS FOR WRITING ABOUT AN AUTHOR IN DEPTH

21. A Thematic Case Study: Humor and Satire
     Fleur Adcock, The Video
     John Ciardi, Suburban
     Howard Nemerov, Walking the Dog
     Linda Pastan, Jump Cabling
     Peter Schmitt, Friends with Numbers
     Martín Espada, The Community College Revises its Curriculum in Response to
Changing Demographics 
     Thomas Lux, Commercial Leech Farming Today
     X.J. Kennedy, On a Young Man's Remaining an Undergraduate for Twelve Years
   
An Collection of Poems
 
22. Poems for Further Reading
     William Blake, Infant Sorrow
     Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose
     George Gordon, Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty
     Lucille Clifton, this morning (for the girls of eastern high school)
     Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan: or, a Vision in a Dream
     Emily Dickinson, Because I could not stop for Death-
     Emily Dickinson, He fumbles at your Soul
     Emily Dickinson, I felt a Funeral in my Brain
     Emily Dickinson, I started Early-Took my Dog
     Emily Dickinson, My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun
     John Donne, The Apparition
     John Donne, The Flea 
     T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
     Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
     Thomas Hardy, Hap
     Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty 
     A. E. Houseman, To an Athlete Dying Young
     Langston Hughes, Harlem
     Ben Jonson, To Celia
     John Keats, La Belle Dame sans Merci
     John Keats, Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition
     Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus
     John Milton, When I consider how my light is spent
     Christina Georgina Rossetti, Some Ladies Dress in Muslin Full and White
     Sigfried Sassoon, They
     William Shakespeare, That time of year thou mayst in me behold
     William Shakespeare, When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes
     Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias
     Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses
     Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Tears, Idle Tears
     Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
     William Carlos Williams, This Is Just to Say
     William Wordsworth, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
     William Wordsworth, The Solitary Reaper
     William Wordsworth, Mutability
     William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan
 
DRAMA

The Study of Drama

 
23. Reading Drama
Reading Drama Responsively
     SUSAN GLASPELL, Trifes
A SAMPLE CLOSE READING: An Annotated Section of Trifes
Elements of Drama
     JOAN ACKERMANN, Quiet, Torrential Sound
Drama in Popular Forms
     LARRY DAVID, “The Pitch,” a Seinfeld Episode
 
24. Sophocles and Greek Drama
Theatrical Conventions of Greek Drama
Tragedy
     SOPHOCLES, Oedipus the King
 
25. William Shakespeare and Elizabethan Drama 
Shakespeare's Theater
The Range of Shakespeare's Drama: History, Comedy, and Tragedy
A Note on Reading Shakespeare
     WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello The Moor of Venice
 
26. Henrik Ibsen and Modern Drama
Realism
Theatrical Conventions of Modern Drama
     HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll House
A Collection of Plays
 
27. Plays for Further Reading
     SHARON COOPER, Mistaken Identity
     DAVID HENRY HWANG, Trying to Find Chinatown
     JANE MARTIN, Rodeo

     JANE ANDERSON, The Reprimand
     JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, Doubt: A Parable
     NILAJA SUN, No Child
 

CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING 
 
28. Reading and the Writing Process
The Purpose and Value of Writing about Literature
Reading the Work Closely
Annotating the Text and Journal Note Taking
Annotated Text
Journal Note
Choosing a Topic
Developing a Thesis
Arguing about Literature
Organizing a Paper
Writing a Draft
Writing the Introduction and Conclusion
Using Quotations
Revising and Editing
QUESTIONS FOR WRITING: A REVISION CHECKLIST
Types of Writing Assignments
 
29. Writing about Fiction
From Reading to Writing
Questions for Responsive Reading and Writing
A SAMPLE STUDENT ANALYSIS: John Updike's “A&P” as a State of Mind
 
30. Writing about Poetry
From Reading to Writing
QUESTIONS OF RESPONSIVE READING AND WRITING
Explication
A SAMPLE PAPER IN PROGRESS
Mapping the Poem
     John Donne, Death Be Not Proud
Asking Questions about the Elements
A SAMPLE FIRST RESPONSE
Organizing Your Thoughts
A SAMPLE INFORMAL OUTLINE
The Elements and Theme
Final Paper: The Use of Conventional Metaphors for Death in John Donne's “Death Be Not Proud”
A SAMPLE STUDENT EXPLICATION
     Emily Dickinson, There's a Certain Slant of Light
A Reading of Emily Dickinson's “There's a Certain Slant of Light” 
 
31. Writing about Drama
From Reading to Writing
Questions for Responsive Reading and Writing
A SAMPLE STUDENT COMPARISON: The Struggle for Women's Self-Definition in Ibsen's A Doll House and Colette's “The Hand”
 
32. The Literary Research Paper
Choosing a Topic
Finding Sources
Electronic Sources
Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes
Developing a Thesis and Organizing the Paper
Revising
Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
The List of Works Cited
Parenthetical References
A SAMPLE STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER: How the Narrator Cultivates “A Rose for Emily” 
 
Glossary of Literary Terms
Index of First Lines
Index of Authors and Titles 
Index of Terms

 

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