The Longman Writer

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-01-10
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For one- or two-semester, first-year composition - rhetoric courses.


Clear, step-by-step writing instruction and ample apparatus help reveal the connection between reading and writing, while helping readers discover strategies that work for them.

Bringing together equal parts product and process, The Longman Writer stresses the connection between reading and writing with an emphasis on helping readers discover what works best for them. Highly flexible, the text is designed to fit a wide range of learning styles. A supportive, conversational tone inspires readers’ confidence, while numerous activities and writing assignments develop awareness of rhetorical choices and encourage readers to explore a range of composing strategies.


The Longman Writer includes everything that readers need for a first-year composition course: a comprehensive rhetoric, including chapters on each stage of the writing process and discussions of the essay exam and literary paper; a reader with professional selections and student essays integrated into the rhetoric; a research guide, with information on writing and properly documenting a research paper, including up-to-date guidelines based on the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook; and a concise, easy-to-use handbook. The 10th Edition has been fully updated to provide helpful advice on academic writing, critical reading and thinking, and the recursive stages of the writing process, along with more in-depth coverage of the research process and new examples of student writing.


The Longman Writer , 10th Edition is also available via Revel™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more.


Author Biography

Judith Nadell was Associate Professor of Communication at Rowan University (New Jersey). During her eighteen years at Rowan, she coordinated the introductory course in the Freshman Writing Sequence and served as Director of the Writing Lab.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tufts University, she received a doctorate from Columbia University. With a special commitment to grassroots literacy, she founded and designed an adult literacy program, a children’s reading enrichment initiative, and a family literacy project. She is the author of Becoming a Read-Aloud Coach and Vocabulary Basics (both Townsend Press); the creator of The King School Series (also Townsend Press); the co-author of Doing Well in College (McGraw-Hill), The Longman Reader and The Longman Writer. The recipient of a New Jersey award for excellence in teaching writing, Judith Nadell lives with her co-author husband, John Langan, near Philadelphia.


John Langan taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for more than twenty-five years.  Before teaching, he graduated magna cum laude from LaSalle University and earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Rowan University. Coauthor of The Longman Reader and author of a series of college textbooks on both reading and writing, he has published widely with McGraw-Hill Book Company, Townsend Press, and Longman. Through Townsend Press, his educational publishing company, he has developed the nonprofit “Townsend Library”–a collection of more than a hundred new and classic stories that appeal to readers of any age. 

Table of Contents

I. The Reading Process

1. Becoming a Critical Reader and Thinker


II. The Writing Process

2. Getting Started Through Prewriting

3. Identifying a Thesis

4. Supporting the Thesis with Evidence

5. Organizing the Evidence

6. Writing the Paragraphs in the First Draft

7. Revising Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development

8. Revising Sentences and Words

9. Editing and Proofreading


III. Patterns of Development

10. Description

11. Narration

12. Illustration

13. Division-Classification

14. Process Analysis

15. Comparison-Contrast

16. Cause-Effect

17. Definition

18. Argumentation-Persuasion


IV. The Research Essay

19. Locating, Critically Evaluating, Analyzing, and Synthesizing Research Sources

20. Writing the Research Essay


V. The Literary Essay and Essay Exam

21. Writing About Literature

22. Writing Essay Exams


VI. A Concise Handbook

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