Literature and the Writing Process

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Literature and the Writing Process combines the best elements of a literature anthology with those of a handbook to guide students through the interrelated process of analytical reading and critical writing.

Text writing assignments use literature as a tool of critical thought, a method for analysis, and a way of communicating ideas. This approach emphasizes writing as the focus of the book with literature as the means to write effectively. A three part organization combines a literary anthology with composition instruction and a style handbook so students have everything they need at their fingertips.

Some of the new features include:

-New Humor and Satire Portfolios now appear in every genre chapter, offering engaging new readings to encourage student interest.

-Expanded argument writing coverage (Ch. 3) offers more support for improving writing skills.

-New readings reflect a wide diversity of classic and contemporary voices, including Margaret Atwood, Chinua Achebe, David Sedaris, Billy Collins, and Robert Frost.

-Updated MLA coverage reflects the most current guidelines from the Modern Language Association.

-A refreshed drama section includes two remarkable plays: Picnic on the Battlefield, by Fernando Arrabal, and Beauty, by Jane Martin and A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry has been brought back to this edition by popular demand.

A literature anthology, rhetoric, and handbook in one.

Every chapter of this anthology includes coverage of the writing process to help students write more successfully about literature. The process-oriented instruction shows students how to use writing as a way of studying literature and provides students with the tools to analyze literature on their own.

New to this edition:

-New photographs and images chosen to enhance understanding and appreciation of literature

-Expanded, updated discussion of researched writing (Chapter 17)

-Further instruction on the elements of argument and arguing an interpretation (Chapter 2)

-A new casebook on the poetry and prose of Langston Hughes

Table of Contents

Contents by Genre

Thematic Table of Contents



PART ONE  Composing: An Overview

1 The Prewriting Process

James Joyce, “Eveline”

2 The Writing Process

Sample Student Paper: First Draft

3 Writing a Convincing Argument

Sample Student Paper (annotated)       

Dagoberto Gilb, “Love in L.A.”

4 The Rewriting Process

Sample Student Paper: Final Draft

5 Researched Writing

Sample Documented Student Paper

Sample  Published Essay

Explanation of the MLA Documentation Style


PART TWO  Writing About Short Fiction

6 How Do I Read Short Fiction?

7 Writing About Structure

Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried” MLL

8 Writing About Imagery and Symbolism

Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”

Sample Student Paper:  Second and Final Drafts

9 Writing About Point of View

Alice Walker, “Everyday Use” MLL

10 Writing About Setting and Atmosphere

Tobias Wolff, “Hunters in the Snow”

11 Writing About Theme

Flannery O'Connor, “Good Country People”

Casebook: Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”  

The Story’s Origins

Don Moser.  “The Pied Piper of Tucson”

Greg Johnson.  From Invisible Writer: A Biography of Joyce Carol Oates

Four Critical Interpretations

Greg Johnson.  From Understanding Joyce Carol Oates

Larry Rubin.   The Explicator

Joyce Wegs.    Journal of Narrative Technique

Mike Tierce and John Michael Crafton.  “Connie’s Tambourine Man”


Anthology of Short Fiction

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

“The Birthmark”

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

“The Cask of Amontillado”

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

“Désirée’s Baby” MLL

“The Story of an Hour” MLL

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)


Susan Glaspell (1882-1948)

“A Jury of Her Peers”

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

“The Rocking-Horse Winner”

Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980)

“The Grave”

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)


William Faulkner (1897-1962)

“A Rose for Emily”

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

“Hills Like White Elephants”

John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

“The Chrysanthemums”

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

“The Man Who Was Almost a Man”

Tillie Olsen (1913-2007)

“I Stand Here Ironing”

Hisaye Yamamoto (1921-    )

“Seventeen Syllables”

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)

“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” MLL

Rosario Morales (1930-    )

“The Day It Happened” NEW

Chinua Achebe (1930-  )

“Dead Men’s Path” NEW

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)

“What We Talk about When We Talk about Love”

Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995)

“The Lesson” MLL

Bharati Mukherjee (1940-    )

“A Father”

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006)

“Speech Sounds”

T. Coraghessan Boyle (1948-    )

“The Love of My Life”

Sandra Cisneros (1954-    )

“Geraldo No Name”

Louise Erdrich (1954-    )

“The Red Convertible   “

Ha Jin (1956-    )

“The Bridegroom”

Sherman Alexie (1966-    )

“This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”


A Portfolio of Humorous and Satiric Stories

Frank O’Connor (1903-1966)

“My Oedipus Complex”

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

“Why I Live at the P. O.”

John Updike (1932-    )

“A & P” MLL

Margaret Atwood (1939-    )

“Happy Endings” NEW

David Sedaris (1956-    )

“Nuit of the Living Dead” NEW

Daniel Orozco (1957-    )

“Orientation” NEW


PART THREE Writing About Poetry

12 How Do I Read Poetry?

13 Writing About Persona and Tone

Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz”

Thomas Hardy, “The Ruined Maid”

W. H. Auden, “The Unknown Citizen”

Edmund Waller, “Go, Lovely Rose”

Dorothy Parker, “One Perfect Rose”

Sample Student Paper

14 Writing About Poetic Language

Walt Whitman, “A Noiseless Patient Spider”

William Shakespeare, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”

Kay Ryan, “Turtle”

Hayden Carruth, “In the Long Hall”

Donald Hall, “My Son My Executioner”

Sample Student Paper: Second and Final Drafts

15 Writing About Poetic Form

Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” MLL

A. E. Housman, “Eight O’Clock”

E. E. Cummings, “anyone lived in a pretty how town” MLL

Wole Soyinka, “Telephone Conversation”

Robert Frost, “The Silken Tent” NEW

Billy Collins, “Sonnet”

Roger McGough, “40---Love”

Sample Student Paper

Sample Published Essay on Poetic Form: David Huddle, “The ‘Banked Fire’ of Robert Hayden’s ‘Those Winter Sundays’”

Casebook:  The Poetry and Prose of Langston Hughes


“The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

“Mother to Son”

“The Weary Blues” MLL

“Saturday Night”

“Trumpet Player”

“Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” MLL

“Theme for English B”



“On the Road”

“Thank You, M’am”

Critical Commentaries

Onwuchekwa Jemie, “Hughes and the Black Controversy”

Margaret Larkin, “A Poet for the People”

Richard Wright, “Forerunner and Ambassador”

Karen Jackson Ford, “Do Right to Write Right: Langston Hughes’s Aesthetics of Simplicity”

Peter Townsend, “Jazz and Langston Hughes’s Poetry”

Langston Hughes, “Harlem Rent Parties”


The Art of Poetry

Lisel Mueller (1924-    )

“American Literature”

IMAGE:    Edward Hopper (1882-1967),  Nighthawks, 1942

Samuel Yellen (1906-1983)


Susan Ludvigson (1942-    )

“Inventing My Parents”

IMAGE:    Peter Brueghel the Elder (c. 1525-1569), Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c. 1554-55

W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

“Musée des Beaux Arts”

IMAGE: Paolo Uccello, St. George and the Dragon (1470)

U. A. Fanthorpe (1929-    )

“Not My Best Side”

IMAGE:    Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890),  The Starry Night, 1889.

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)

“The Starry Night”

IMAGE: Henri Matisse (1869-1954), The Red Studio, 1911

W. D. Snodgrass (1926-    )

“Matisse: ‘The Red Studio’ ”

IMAGE:  Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806), Two Women Dressing Their Hair, 1794-95

Cathy Song (1952-    ) 

“Beauty and Sadness”

Anthology of Poetry

Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)

“They Flee from Me”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

“When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes”

“Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds”

“That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold”

“My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”

John Donne (1572-1631)

“The Flea”

“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

“Death, Be Not Proud” MLL

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) 

“To His Coy Mistress”

William Blake (1757-1827)

“The Lamb”

“The Tyger” MLL

“The Sick Rose”


William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

“The World Is Too Much with Us”

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

“She Walks in Beauty”

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

“Ozymandias” MLL

John Keats (1795-1821)

“Ode on a Grecian Urn”  MLL

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”

“Song of Myself” (Section 11)

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

“Dover Beach” MLL

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

“Faith Is a Fine Invention”

“I’m Nobody! Who Are You?”

“He Put the Belt Around My Life”

“Much Madness Is Divinest Sense”

“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” MLL

“Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church”

“Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” MLL

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

“Pied Beauty” MLL

“Spring and Fall”

A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

“To an Athlete Dying Young”

“Loveliest of Trees”

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

“The Second Coming”

“Sailing to Byzantium”

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

“We Wear the Mask”

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

“Mending Wall” MLL

“Birches” MLL

“ ‘Out, Out—’” MLL

“Fire and Ice”


Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)



William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

“Danse Russe”

“The Red Wheelbarrow”

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Claude McKay (1890-1948)


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

“Oh, Oh, You Will Be Sorry for That Word”

“First Fig”

E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)

“in Just- ”

“pity this busy monster,manunkind”

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)


Stevie Smith (1902-1971)

“Not Waving but Drowning”

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)


Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

“Sweetness, Always”

W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

“Funeral Blues”


Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)

“I Knew a Woman”

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

“One Art” MLL

May Sarton (1912-1995)


Karl Shapiro (1913-2000)

“Auto Wreck”

Octavio Paz  (1914-1998)

“The Street”

Dudley Randall (1914-2000)

“Ballad of Birmingham” NEW

“To the Mercy Killers”

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

“The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”

“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917- 2000)

“Sadie and Maud”

“The Bean Eaters”

Richard Wilbur (1921-    )

“Love Calls Us to the Things of This World”

Philip   (1922-1985)

“Home Is So Sad”

James Dickey (1923-1997)

“The Leap”

Maxine Kumin (1925-    )


Anne Sexton (1928-1974)

“You All Know the Story of the Other Woman”

Adrienne Rich (1929-     )

“Aunt Jennifer's Tigers”

“Living in Sin”

Ruth Fainlight (1931-     )

“Flower Feet”

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)


John Updike (1932-    )

“Ex-Basketball Player”

Imamu Amiri Baraka  (1934-    )


Audre Lorde (1934-1992)

“Hanging Fire”

Marge Piercy (1936-    )

“Barbie Doll” NEW

Seamus Heaney (1939-    )

“Digging” MLL

Sharon Olds (1942-    )

“The Death of Marilyn Monroe” NEW

“Sex Without Love”

Nikki Giovanni (1943-    )


Gina Valdes (1943-    )

“My Mother Sews Blouses”

Edward Hirsch (1950-    )

“Execution” NEW       

Rita Dove (1952-    )


Alberto Ríos (1952-    )

“In Second Grade Miss Lee I Promised Never to Forget You and I Never Did”

Jimmy Santiago Baca (1952-    )

“There Are Black”

Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-    )

“Latin Women Pray”

Dorianne Laux (1952-    )

“What I Wouldn’t Do”

Tony Hoagland (1953-    )

“The Change”

Cornelius Eady (1954-    )

“The Supremes”

Louise Erdrich (1954-    )

“Indian Boarding School: The Runaways”

Martín Espada (1957-    )

“Bully” NEW

Essex Hemphill (1957-1995)

“Commitments” NEW

Nancy A. Henry (1961-    )

“People Who Take Care” NEW

Christopher Murray  (1967-    )

“I Got Beat Up a Lot in High School”


Paired Poems for Comparison

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”

Sir Walter Raleigh (1552?-1618)

“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”


Robert Browning (1812-1889)

“My Last Duchess” MLL

Gabriel Spera (1966-    )

“My Ex-Husband”


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

“The Convergence of the Twain”

David R. Slavitt  (1935-    )



Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

“Richard Cory” MLL

Paul Simon (1942-    )

“Richard Cory”


Robert Frost (1874-1963)

“The Road Not Taken”

Blanche Farley (1937-    )

“The Lover Not Taken”


William Stafford (1914-1993)

“Traveling through the Dark”

Mary Oliver (1935-    )

“The Black Snake”


Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

“Those Winter Sundays”

George Bilgere (1951-    )

“Like Riding a Bicycle” NEW


A Portfolio of War Poetry

Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)

“To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars”

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

“Channel Firing”

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

“War Is Kind”

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)


Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

“Dulce et Decorum Est” MLL

E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)

“next to of course god america i”

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-    )

“End and Beginning”

Peg Lauber (1938-    )

“Six National Guardsmen Blown Up Together” NEW

Yusef Komunyakaa (1947-    )

“Facing It”

Dwight Okita (1958-    )

“In Response to Executive Order 9066” NEW


A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical  Poems

Don Marquis (1878-1937)

“the lesson of the moth”

Linda Pastan (1932-    )


Lucille Clifton (1936-    )

“homage to my hips” NEW

Ron Koertge (1940-    )

“Cinderella’s Diary” NEW

Billy Collins (1941-    )

“Introduction to Poetry” NEW

Craig Raine (1944-    )

“A Martian Sends a Postcard Home” NEW

Jan Beatty (1952-    )

“A Waitress’s Instructions on Tipping” NEW

Jeanne Marie Beaumont (1954-    )

“Afraid So” NEW

Peter Pereira (1959-    )

“Reconsidering the Seven” NEW

Jay Leeming (1969-    )

“Man Writes Poem” NEW


 PART FOUR  Writing About Drama

16 How Do I Read a Play?

17 Writing About Dramatic Structure

Sophocles, Antigone MLL

Sample Student Paper

18 Writing About Character

August Wilson, Fences MLL

Casebook   Fences: Interpreting Troy Maxson

Frank Rich, “Family Ties in Wilson’s Fences

Brent Staples, “Fences: No Barrier to Emotion”

August Wilson, “Talking About Fences

Christine Birdwell, “Death as a Fastball on the Outside Corner”

Carla J. McDonough, “August Wilson: Performing Black Masculinity”

Mary Ellen Snodgrass, “Fences”

19 Writing About Culture

David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly

Sample Documented Student Paper


Anthology of Drama

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Othello, the Moor of Venice  MLL

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

A Doll's House MLL

Susan Glaspell (1882-1948)

Trifles MLL

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965)

NEW A Raisin in the Sun MLL 


A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Plays

Fernando Arrabal (1933-    )

Picnic on the Battlefield NEW

Jane Martin (1938?-    )

Beauty NEW

Luis Valdez (1940-    )

Los Vendidos

David Ives  (1950-    )

Sure Thing

Handbook for Correcting Errors

Critical Approaches for Interpreting Literature

Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms

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Excellent textbook June 23, 2011
This approach emphasizes writing as the focus of the textbook with literature as the means to write effectively. A three part organization combines a literary anthology with composition instruction and a style handbook so students have everything they need at their fingertips. Extremely easy to read and has a lot of good short stories and poems. This textbook arrived earlier than expected. The quality was great and the price was cheaper than I would have paid in a bookstore.
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