Literature: The Human Experience, Shorter Edition Reading and Writing

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/18/2014
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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The shorter edition of Literature: The Human Experience provides a broad range of compelling fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction in a compact, well-priced format designed to make teaching literature convenient for instructors and reading and writing about literature enticing for students. Timeless themes—innocence and experience, conformity and rebellion, culture and identity, love and hate, life and death—are presented through the context of connections and experiences that are enduringly human. A flexible arrangement of literature within each theme allows instructors to teach the text however best suits their classrooms, and the expert instruction and exciting selections will help to entice even the most reluctant readers. Enhancements to the shorter eleventh edition include expanded advice for reading and writing in each genre, new "Connecting" pairs and clusters that encourage comparative critical thinking by bringing together works from different times and schools of thought, and a new thematic chapter on Life and Death.

Author Biography

Richard Abcarian (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is a professor of English emeritus at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for thirty-seven 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 (PhD, New York University) is a professor of English emeritus at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for thirty-three years and won Northridge's distinguished teaching award in 1983. He is also the winner of two Fulbright professorships (in Vietnam and Iran) 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.

Samuel Cohen (PhD, City University of New York) is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s, co-editor (with Lee Konstantinou) of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace, Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture, and has published in such journals as Novel, Clio, Twentieth-Century Literature, The Journal of Basic Writing, and Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he is author of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology and coauthor of Literature: The Human Experience.

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