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Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
     

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama

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by X. J. Kennedy
 

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Literature, 9/e, the most popular introduction of its kind, is organized into three genres¤Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. As in past editions, the authors' collective poetic voice brings personal warmth and a human perspective to the discussion of literature, adding to students' interest in the readings.

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Literature, 9/e, the most popular introduction of its kind, is organized into three genres¤Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. As in past editions, the authors' collective poetic voice brings personal warmth and a human perspective to the discussion of literature, adding to students' interest in the readings.

 

An introduction to a balance of contemporary and classic stories, poems, and plays. Casebooks offer in-depth look at an author or clusters of works, for example “Latin American Poetry.” Authors Joe Kennedy and Dana Gioia provide inviting and illuminating introductions to the authors included and to the elements of literature. Coverage of writing about literature is also included.

 

For those interested in literature.

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Designed for college literature courses, this text contains four main sections devoted to fiction, poetry, drama, and critical writing. The volume contains classic and contemporary works, including 67 stories, 501 poems, and 18 plays. The section on criticism covers ten major schools of literary criticism and theory. Writing exercises are found in each chapter, and five chapters discuss how to write about literature. The eighth edition also features 6 casebooks, which explore in-depth selections of the writings of authors such as Langston Hughes, Flannery O'Connor, and Shakespeare. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316488808
Publisher:
Little, Brown & Company
Publication date:
01/01/1987
Pages:
1447

Meet the Author

X.J. Kennedy, after graduation from Seton Hall and Columbia, became a journalist second class in the Navy ("Actually, I was pretty eighth class"). His poems, some published in the New Yorker, were first collected in Nude Descending a Staircase (1961). Since then he has written five more collections, several widely adopted literature and writing textbooks, and seventeen books for children, including two novels. He has taught at Michigan, North Carolina (Greensboro), California (Irvine), Wellesley, Tufts, and Leeds. Cited in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations and reprinted in some 200 anthologies, his verse has brought him a Guggenheim fellowship, a Lamont Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an award from the American Academy for Poetry for Children from the National Council of Teachers of English. He now lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he and his wife Dorothy have collaborated on four books and five children.

 

Dana Gioia is a poet, critic, and teacher. Born in Los Angeles, he attended Stanford and Harvard before taking a detour into business. ("Not many poets have a Stanford M.B.A., thank goodness!") After years of writing and reading late in the evenings after work, he quit a vice presidency to write and teach. He has published three collections of poetry: Daily Horoscope (1986); The Gods of Winter (1991); Interrogations at Noon (2001), winner of the 2001 American Book Award; an opera libretto, Nosferatu (2002); several anthologies; and an influential study of poetry's place in contemporary America, Can Poetry Matter?(1992). Gioia has taught at Johns Hopkins, Sarah Lawrence, Wesleyan (Connecticut), Mercer, and Colorado College. He is also the co-founder of the summer poetry conference at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and a frequent commentator on literature for the British Broadcasting Corporation. He currently lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife, Mary, two sons, and an ever growing number of cats.

 

(The surname Gioia is pronounced JOY-A. As some of you may have already guessed, gioia is the Italian word for joy.)

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Literature 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
vernVF More than 1 year ago
Great collect of great short stories, poetry an plaies.
Lizzy720 More than 1 year ago
Did not get the book in a timely manner took way longer than I expected and the book was used but it was in terrible condition the book is almost falling apart and has scribbles throughout (not taking about highlighting which I would expect). I would not recommend or buy from this seller ever again!!
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I bought this book for Intro to Literature, and it is by far the most enjoyable textbook I have encountered. It is stuffed with over 2200 thin pages. Dont be intimidated by the size,most of the selections are short stories and poems, and wow are they good. There are so many different styles of writing, so many truly thought provoking and entertaining selections, it never gets dull like many textbooks do. I read it in my spare time, too. (which is a big compliment, I barely ever read for fun, lol)