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Adopted at over 700 schools in its previous edition, The Norton Reader has long been the standard bearer for liberal arts composition readers. The editors' goals have always been the same: to collect the very best essays, by the very best writers, and place them between two covers. This new edition continues in that tradition, providing instructors with a wealth of selections, many of them new to this edition. The text also offers a flexible organization, an affordable price, and inventive, practical suggestions ...
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Overview

Adopted at over 700 schools in its previous edition, The Norton Reader has long been the standard bearer for liberal arts composition readers. The editors' goals have always been the same: to collect the very best essays, by the very best writers, and place them between two covers. This new edition continues in that tradition, providing instructors with a wealth of selections, many of them new to this edition. The text also offers a flexible organization, an affordable price, and inventive, practical suggestions for improving reading and writing.
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Maureen Andrews
So much choice...it is almost as if I had chosen the readings myself.

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Anna Cole
No other reader is so carefully and intelligently chosen.

Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH

Allston James
Still sets the standard!

Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393968279
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 799
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Index of Rhetorical Modes
Preface
To Students: Reading and Writing with the NortonReader

PERSONAL REPORT
Graduation
Maya Angelou
How It Feels to Be Colored Me -- Zora Neale Hurston
A Victim -- Bruno Bettelheim
One Violent Crime -- Bruce Shapiro
The Town Dump -- Wallace Stegner
On Dumpster Diving -- Lars Eighner
On Being a Cripple -- Nancy Mairs
Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self -- Alice Walker
On Going Home -- Joan Didion
On Being White, Female, and Born in Bensonhurst -- Marianna De Marco Torgovnick
Waiting -- Edna O'Brien
The Brown Wasps -- Loren Eiseley
The Guardian Angel -- Gary Soto
Once More to the Lake -- E. B. White

PROSE FORMS: JOURNALS
On Keeping a Notebook -- Joan Didion
from Journal -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
from Journal -- Henry David Thoreau
Abraham Lincoln -- Walt Whitman
A Visit to Grosse Isle -- Susanna Moodie
from Journal of a Solitude -- May Sarton
Selections from the Allen Notebooks -- Woody Allen

PEOPLE, PLACES
George Washington -- Thomas Jefferson
Abraham -- Lincoln Nathaniel Hawthorne
Yeager -- Tom Wolfe
The Case of Harry Houdini -- Daniel Mark Epstein
My Father: Leslie Stephen -- Virginia Woolf
Under the Influence Scott -- Russell Sanders
Terwilliger Bunts One -- Annie Dillard
For My American Family: A Belated Tribute to a Legacy of Gifted Intelligence and Guts -- June Jordan
More Room -- Judith Ortiz Cofer
True North -- Margaret Atwood
The Holy Use of Gossip -- Kathleen Norris
The Way to Rainy Mountain -- N. Scott Momaday
Club Denali -- Jon Krakauer
The Temple of Hygiene -- Charlotte Gray
The Wheels of Freedom: Bicycles in China -- Fred Strebeigh
Enclosed. Encyclopedic. Endured: The Mall of America -- David Guterson

HUMAN NATURE
Thinking as a Hobby -- William Golding
The Eureka Phenomenon -- Isaac Asimov
The Reach of Imagination -- Jacob Bronowski
Homo Virtualis -- Sven Birkerts
Observation -- Henry David Thoreau
Being a Man -- Paul Theroux
Looking at Women -- Scott Russell Sanders
Between the Sexes, a Great Divide -- Anna Quindlen
What Is a Homosexual? -- Andrew Sullivan
A Bachelor's Complain of the Behaviour of Married People -- Charles Lamb
Gun Crazy -- Dorothy Allison
The Sports Taboo -- Malcom Gladwell
On the Fear of Death -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Our Allotted Lifetimes -- Stephen Jay Gould
The Strangled Heart -- Sherwin B. Nuland

CULTURAL CRITIQUE
Is America Falling Apart? -- Anthony Burgess
The Contagion of Innocence -- Pico Iyer
Hunger -- Maggie Helwig
Kill 'Em! Crush 'Em! Eat 'Em Raw! -- John McMurtry
Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain -- Jessica Mitford
In the Kitchen -- Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Light-bulb Jokes: Charting an Era -- Daniel Harris
On Noise -- Arthur Schopenhauer
The Alice Tax -- Calvin Trillin
In Harness: The Male Condition -- Herb Goldberg
Motherhood: Who Needs It? -- Betty Rollin
The Good News Is: These Are Not the Best Years of Your Life -- Gloria Steinem
Not in My Backyard -- Vanessa Ochs
Stranger in the Village -- James Baldwin
Black Men and Public Space -- Brent Staples
The Recoloring of Campus Life -- Shelby Steele
Who Shot Johnny? -- Debra Dickerson

PROSE FORMS: OP-EDS
Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns -- Molly Ivins
Why Colleges Shower Their Students with A's -- Brent Staples
Portrait of the Artist as a Focus Group -- Michiko Kakutani
Evan's Two Moms -- Anna Quindlen
American Fat -- Russell Baker
Physician-Assisted Suicide Last Rights -- Michael J. Sandel
Feed the Face -- Michael Walzer
A Crime of Compassion B-- arbara Huttmann

EDUCATION
Clamorous to Learn -- Eudora Welty
Learning to Read -- Frederick Douglass
Books Oft Have Such a Charm -- William J. Scheick
How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading -- John Holt
From the Best of Japanese Families -- Cathy Davidson
America Skips School -- Benjamin R. Barber
College Is a Waste of Time and Money -- Caroline Bird
University Days -- James Thurber
College Pressures -- William Zinsser
Taking Women Students Seriously -- Adrienne Rich
To Be a Woman and a Scholar -- Dorothy Gies McGuigan
Boring from Within: The Art of the Freshman Essay -- Wayne C. Booth
Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts: A Study in Educational Epistemology -- William G. Perry Jr.
The Rhythmic Claims of Freedom and Discipline -- Alfred North Whitehead

LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
``Mommy, What Does `Nigger' Mean?'' -- Gloria Naylor
Tongue-Tied -- Maxine Hong Kingston
Aria -- Richard Rodriguez
How to Tame a Wild Tongue -- Gloria Anzaldua
Playing the Dozens -- John Tierney
Conversational Styles -- Deborah Tannen
Who's in Charge of the English Language? -- Casey Miller Kate Swift
The Death of the Profane: A Commentary on the Genre of Legal Writing -- Patricia J. Williams
How to Write a Letter; Postcards -- Garrison Keillor
Notes on Punctuation -- Lewis Thomas
The Nature of Symbolic Language -- Erich Fromm
Politics and the English Language -- George Orwell

AN ALBUM OF STYLES
Of Youth and Age -- Francis Bacon
No Man Is an Island -- John Donne
The Pyramids -- Samuel Johnson
The Watch and the Watch-maker -- Adam Smith
Knowledge and Virtue -- John Henry Newman
The Gettysburg Address -- Abraham Lincoln
from A Farewell to Arms -- Ernest Hemingway
What the Novelist Gives Us -- Virginia Woolf
Progress and Change -- E.B. White
Nobel Prize Award Speech -- William Faulkner
A Dog's Eye View of Man -- James Thurber
Beer Can -- John Updike
The Rivermen -- Joseph Mitchell
The Ugly Tourist -- Jamaica Kincaid

NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Tides -- Rachel Carson
Spring -- Gretel Ehrlich
The Serpents of Paradise -- Edward Abbey
Very Like a Whale -- Robert Finch
Spineless Wonders: Leapers -- Richard Conniff
The Spider and the Wasp -- Alexander Petrunkevitch
The Abstractions of Beasts -- Carl Sagan
Letter to President Pierce,, 1855 -- Chief Seattle
Forever Virgin: The American View of America -- Noel Perrin
The Trouble with Wilderness -- William Cronon
The Most Dangerous Predator -- Joseph Wood Krutch
The Clan of One-Breasted Women -- Terry Tempest Williams

ETHICS
Letter to His Son -- Lord Chesterfield
Advice to Youth -- Samuel L. Clemens
What You See Is the Real You -- Willard Gaylin
In Defense of Prejudice -- Jonathan Rauch
Purloined Letters -- James R. Kincaid
The Case for Torture -- Michael Levin
The Case for Animal Rights -- Tom Regan
The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research -- Carl Cohen
The Media and the Ethics of Cloning -- Leigh Turner
We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse's Story -- Sallie Tisdale
The Terrifying Normalcy of AIDS -- Stephen Jay Gould
The Shatterer of Worlds -- Kildare Dobbs
Thank God for the Atom Bomb -- Paul Fussell

PROSE FORMS: APOTHEGMS
from The Devil's Dictionary -- Ambrose Bierce
Proverbs of Hell -- William Blake
from City Aphorisms -- Mason Cooley
from Poor Richard's Almanack -- Benjamin Franklin
from Maxims -- La Rochefoucauld

HISTORY
The Battle of the Ants -- Henry David Thoreau
``This Is the End of the World'': The Black Death -- Barbara Tuchman
Cherokee Memorials; Death of Abraham Lincoln -- Walt Whitman
From Realism to Virtual Reality: Images of America's Wars -- H. Bruce Franklin
Denmark and the Jews -- Hannah Arendt
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