The latest edition of this classic text continues to set a high standard for introductory literature anthologies by maintaining the traditions that have made it a success while continuing to evolve through the addition of fresh, new readings. Authors of collectively more than a dozen texts for both literature and composition, this distinguished team provides integrated coverage of the elements of literature and extensive discussions of the writing process. Carefully selected classic and contemporary works, arranged in innovative and enlightening ways, incorporate a range of diverse voices.
Preface Letter to Students I. READING, THINKING, AND WRITING CRITICALLY ABOUT LITERATURE 1. Reading and Responding to Literature What Is Literature? Looking at an Example: Robert Frost,Immigrants Robert Frost, Immigrants Looking at a Second Example: Pat Mora,Immigrants Pat Mora, Immigrants Thinking About a Story: Luke, The Parable of the Prodigal Son. Stories True and False: Grace Paley,Samuel What's Past Is Prologue bull; Katherine Mansfield,Miss Brill bull; Jamaica Kincaid,Girl Tobias Wolff,Powder James Merrill,Christmas Tree W. F. Bolton,Might We Too? 2. Writing About Literature: From Idea to Essay. Why Write? Getting Ideas: Pre-Writing. Annotating a Text. Brainstorming for Ideas for Writing. Kate Chopin,The Story of an Hour Focused Free Writing. Listing and Clustering. Developing an Awareness of the Writer's Use of Language. Asking Questions. Keeping a Journal. Arriving at a Thesis. Writing a Draft. Sample Draft of an Essay on Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" Revising a Draft. Peer Review. The Final Version A Brief Overview of the Final Version. Explication. A Sample Explication. William Butler Yeats,The Balloon of the Mind Comparison and Contrast. Review: How to Write an Effective Essay. Additional Reading. Kate Chopin,Ripe Figs bull;William Stafford,Traveling through the Dark Lorna Dee Cervantes,Refugee Ship Joseacute; Armas,El Tonto del Barrio II. FICTION 3. Approaching Fiction: Responding in Writing. Ernest Hemingway,Cat in the Rain Responses, Annotations, and Journal Entries. A Sample Essay by a Student 4. Stories and Meanings: Plot, Character, Theme. Aesop,The Vixen and the Lioness W. Somerset Maugham,The Appointment in Samara