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"Literature, Interactive Edition" automatically comes with MyLiteratureLab, Pearson's multimedia Web site. MyLiteratureLab icons are found in the margins of the text along with a list of media assets at the front of the anthology. The most popular Literature anthology continues to bring students the finest literature from fables to poetweets. The Twelfth Edition of "Litera "Literature, Interactive Edition" automatically comes with MyLiteratureLab, Pearson's multimedia Web site. MyLiteratureLab icons are found in the margins of the text along with a list of media assets at the front of the anthology. The most popular Literature anthology continues to bring students the finest literature from fables to poetweets. The Twelfth Edition of "Literature: An Introductiuon to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing," edited" "by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, includes eleven new stories from students' favorite authors: ZZ Packer's "Brownies," Ray Bradbury's, "The Sound of Thunder," Anne Tyler's, "Teenage Wasteland," David Leavitt's, "A Place I've Never Been" and Isabel Allende's "The Judge's Wife." More than 60 new accessible and engaging poems have been added including former Iraqi soldier Brian Turner's "The Hurt Locker," Katha Pollit's "The Mind-Body Problem" as well as poetweets from Lawrence Bridges and Robert Pinsky. In addition, there are new poems from Kay Ryan, Benjamin Alire Saenz, H. D, Gary Snyder, Joy Harjo, Tami Haaland, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, and William Carlos Williams. Three new one-act plays help "ease" students into the study of this genre. The new plays include two comedies-- David Ives's, "Sure Thing" and Jane Martin's "Beauty"--as well as Edward Bok Lee's experimental drama "El Santo Americano." In addition, Milcha Sanchez-Scott's" The Cuban Swimmer "has been added." "


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"Literature, Interactive Edition" automatically comes with MyLiteratureLab, Pearson's multimedia Web site. MyLiteratureLab icons are found in the margins of the text along with a list of media assets at the front of the anthology. The most popular Literature anthology continues to bring students the finest literature from fables to poetweets. The Twelfth Edition of "Litera "Literature, Interactive Edition" automatically comes with MyLiteratureLab, Pearson's multimedia Web site. MyLiteratureLab icons are found in the margins of the text along with a list of media assets at the front of the anthology. The most popular Literature anthology continues to bring students the finest literature from fables to poetweets. The Twelfth Edition of "Literature: An Introductiuon to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing," edited" "by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, includes eleven new stories from students' favorite authors: ZZ Packer's "Brownies," Ray Bradbury's, "The Sound of Thunder," Anne Tyler's, "Teenage Wasteland," David Leavitt's, "A Place I've Never Been" and Isabel Allende's "The Judge's Wife." More than 60 new accessible and engaging poems have been added including former Iraqi soldier Brian Turner's "The Hurt Locker," Katha Pollit's "The Mind-Body Problem" as well as poetweets from Lawrence Bridges and Robert Pinsky. In addition, there are new poems from Kay Ryan, Benjamin Alire Saenz, H. D, Gary Snyder, Joy Harjo, Tami Haaland, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, and William Carlos Williams. Three new one-act plays help "ease" students into the study of this genre. The new plays include two comedies-- David Ives's, "Sure Thing" and Jane Martin's "Beauty"--as well as Edward Bok Lee's experimental drama "El Santo Americano." In addition, Milcha Sanchez-Scott's" The Cuban Swimmer "has been added." "

30 review for Literature: A Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Interactive Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    As a student, I enjoyed this textbook. The collection of short stories, poetry, and plays was top quality. It had valuable examples of various different types of essays. It had a lot of helpful information on academic writing. The only thing that bothered me was that some of that information was the same for writing about short stories as it was for writing about poems or plays. Instead of writing the information once, and referring back to it when necessary, they rewrote entire chapters (nearly As a student, I enjoyed this textbook. The collection of short stories, poetry, and plays was top quality. It had valuable examples of various different types of essays. It had a lot of helpful information on academic writing. The only thing that bothered me was that some of that information was the same for writing about short stories as it was for writing about poems or plays. Instead of writing the information once, and referring back to it when necessary, they rewrote entire chapters (nearly word for word, it seemed) three times. In a book with over 2000 pages, you would think they would want to cut some of the fat out. But otherwise, it was a great textbook. I think I'll hold on to this one for future reference.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This book has great writing and poetry, but also explains how to analyze and also gives tips for writing. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in learning how to analyze writing, either someone else's or your own, or in picking up tips on how to write better take a serious look at this book. To give an idea of who is included and what info you can expect I'm going to create a list below. I'm not going to include every single writer and entry in my list of included works. I'm also goin This book has great writing and poetry, but also explains how to analyze and also gives tips for writing. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in learning how to analyze writing, either someone else's or your own, or in picking up tips on how to write better take a serious look at this book. To give an idea of who is included and what info you can expect I'm going to create a list below. I'm not going to include every single writer and entry in my list of included works. I'm also going to break it down into the book sections (I have the book in front of me). It's gonna be a bit long, but I want to give an idea of who is included here. The sections are broken down even more, but I'm leaving those out in the interest of making this as short as possible. FICTION 1 Reading a Story Fable and Tale: W. Sommerset Maugham, Brothers Grimm Short Story: John Updike 2 Point of View: Faulkner, Poe, Carver, Mansfield 3 Character: Alice Walker, Isaac Bashevis Singer 4 Setting: Kate Chopin, Jack London, Amy Tan 5 Tone and Style: Hemingway, Faulkner, Jorge Luis Borges 6 Theme: Vonnegut, Hawthorne, Stephen Crane 7 Symbol: Steinbeck, Ursula Le Guin 8 (instructional stuff on evaluating a story) 9 Reading Long Stories and Novels: James Baldwin, Kafka 10 A Writer in Depth: Flannery O'Connor 11 Stories for Further Reading: Chinua Achebe "Civil Peace", Willa Cather "Paul's Case", Langston Hughes "On the Road", Jamacia Kincaid "Girl", Tim O'Brien "The Things They Carried", Eudora Welty "A Visit of Charity" POETRY 12 Reading a Poem: Yeats, Adrienne Rich, Frost, Robert Browning 13 Listening to a Voice: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Louise Gluck, Thomas Hardy, W.H. Auden, Richard Lovelace, Wilfred Owen 14 Words: Robert Graves, William Carlos Williams, Longfellow, Emma Lee Warrior, Josephine Mills, e.e. cummings, Lewis Carroll 15 Saying and Suggesting: William Blake, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alfred Lord Tennyson 16 Imagery: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop 17 Figures of Speech: Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood 18 Song: Run D.M.C., Paul Simon, Dudley Randall, Bessie Smith, John Lennon 19 Sound: Alexander Pope, Updike, A.E. Housman, William Blake, Michael Stillman 20 Rhythm: Gwendolyn Brooks, Ben Jonson, Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Walt Whitman 21 Closed Form: John Keats, Shakespeare, Wendy Cope, Dylan Thomas 22 Open Form: Wallace Stevens, Dorthi Charles, Lucille Clifton 23 Symbol: Matthew 13:24-30, Sara Teasdale, Ted Kooser 24 Myth and Narrative: Louise Bogan, Yeats, Anne Sexton 25 Poetry and Perosnal Idendity: Sylvia Plath, Rita Dove, Donald Justice, Judith Ortiz Cofer 26 Evaluating a Poem: Stephen Tropp, Rod McKuen, Percy Bysshe Shelly, Emma Lazarus 27 (info on what is poetry) 28 Two Poets in Depth: Emily DIckinson, Langston Hughes 29 Poems for Further Reading: Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Allen Ginsberg, Stephen Shu-ning Liu, John Milton, Sir Thomas Wyatt 30 (info on lives of poets) DRAMA 31 Reading a Play: Susan Glaspell, Garrison Keillor 32 The Theater of Sophocles Oedipus the King 33 The Theater of Shakespeare: Othello 34 The Modern Theater: Henrik Ibsen, Milcha Sanchez-Scott 35 (info on evaluating a play) 36 Plays for Further Reading: Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams WRITING 37 Writing about literature 38 Writing about a story 39 Writing about a poem 40 Writing about a play 41 Writing and researching on the computer 42 Critical approaches to Literature

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    after 30 years, still refreshing!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I have finished the required passages needed for my English class. Including: 1. A&P 2. Sonny's Blues 3. the Jilting of Granny Weatherall 4. Chrysanthemums 5. the story of an hour 6. the storm 7. A Clean Well-Lighted Place 8. Young Goodman Brown 9. Greasy Lake 10. Revelation 11. Everyday Use 12. A Goodman Is Hard to Find 13. Teenage Wasteland Because of the themes of forgiveness and culture and motifs of music used, mixed with beautiful imagery and emotional words, Sonny's Blues continues to be my favorite sho I have finished the required passages needed for my English class. Including: 1. A&P 2. Sonny's Blues 3. the Jilting of Granny Weatherall 4. Chrysanthemums 5. the story of an hour 6. the storm 7. A Clean Well-Lighted Place 8. Young Goodman Brown 9. Greasy Lake 10. Revelation 11. Everyday Use 12. A Goodman Is Hard to Find 13. Teenage Wasteland Because of the themes of forgiveness and culture and motifs of music used, mixed with beautiful imagery and emotional words, Sonny's Blues continues to be my favorite short story ever read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott Holstad

    I have to admit to being biased in viewing this as a wonderful anthology because I'm one of the contributors and was honored when XJ Kennedy sought me out for publication. Still, in an effort to be reasonably objective, I've long viewed this work as being superior to the much better known Norton Anthology so for those of you in search of such an anthology, I would recommend trying this book out, And for what it's worth, it's been continuously updated so the most recent edition would be current. I have to admit to being biased in viewing this as a wonderful anthology because I'm one of the contributors and was honored when XJ Kennedy sought me out for publication. Still, in an effort to be reasonably objective, I've long viewed this work as being superior to the much better known Norton Anthology so for those of you in search of such an anthology, I would recommend trying this book out, And for what it's worth, it's been continuously updated so the most recent edition would be current. Recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Lakings

    I am so glad to be finished with this book! Not because it was bad, but because it took me so long to read through. It’s part of a literature textbook of course. It’s full of many plays and an entire section on Shakespeare. I really enjoyed A Dolls House, Death of a Salesman and The Cuban Swimmer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Karina

    It's a college textbook, I enjoyed it because it gives you a chance to read about other poets or writers, it gives you writing assignments and tips, and it gives writes perspectives, it's a book that you read in parts and sections there's no need to read it in order. It's a college textbook, I enjoyed it because it gives you a chance to read about other poets or writers, it gives you writing assignments and tips, and it gives writes perspectives, it's a book that you read in parts and sections there's no need to read it in order.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael K Mattespn

    Somewhat dated, but interesting perspective from a previous time which proved some things remain timeless. Can seem a bit snobbish, but reader needs to keep perspective of the era in mind and just appreciate the positives.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scripturiently Swag The Dragon-Hearted

    My friend gave me her sister's old copy as a present, and despite the dog-eared pages it was fantastic. My friend gave me her sister's old copy as a present, and despite the dog-eared pages it was fantastic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    not sure how some literature gets to be a classic and studied in school?? did really like some - my favorite was The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    There are a lot of great stories in this collection.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shannaus

    interesting to read poetry.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Windy

    I'm a bit in love with this book right now. So many of the plays or short stories I had planned on teaching next year are included, making my life so much easier. And, after all, that's what a textbook is supposed to do, right? What a novel concept! I enjoy the variety in the literature selections, even the poetry. For example, here's what I'm getting out of parenthood thanks to this anthology: For My Daughter by Weldon Kees Looking into my daughter's eyes I read Beneath the innocence of morning fles I'm a bit in love with this book right now. So many of the plays or short stories I had planned on teaching next year are included, making my life so much easier. And, after all, that's what a textbook is supposed to do, right? What a novel concept! I enjoy the variety in the literature selections, even the poetry. For example, here's what I'm getting out of parenthood thanks to this anthology: For My Daughter by Weldon Kees Looking into my daughter's eyes I read Beneath the innocence of morning flesh Concealed, hintings of death she does not heed. Coldest of winds have blown this hair, and mesh Of seaweed snarled these miniatures of hands; The night's slow poison, tolerant and bland, Has moved her blood. Parched years that I have seen That may be hers appear: foul, lingering Death in certain war, the slim legs green. Or, fed on hate, she relishes the sting Of others' agony; perhaps the cruel Bride of a syphilitic or a fool. These speculations sour in the sun. I have no daughter. I desire none. Carnation Milk Anonymous Carnation Milk is the best in the land; Here I sit with a can in my hand-- No tits to pull, no hay to pitch, You just punch a hole in the son of a bitch. Ahhhh. I can't wait for AP now! And the Kees poem is my new favorite.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Our English textbook for senior year Honors English class from 1999-2000. I kept it in my parents' basement, found it 20 years later, and read the whole thing. It's really good! There are three sections: short stories, poetry, and drama. Almost all the short stories and plays are enjoyable. I'm not a big poetry fan, but I thought the poetry in this book had a higher hit rate than any other collection I've read. I also feel confident that I "get" poetry now. The book is designed for freshman in c Our English textbook for senior year Honors English class from 1999-2000. I kept it in my parents' basement, found it 20 years later, and read the whole thing. It's really good! There are three sections: short stories, poetry, and drama. Almost all the short stories and plays are enjoyable. I'm not a big poetry fan, but I thought the poetry in this book had a higher hit rate than any other collection I've read. I also feel confident that I "get" poetry now. The book is designed for freshman in college. It teaches you different ways to approach challenging literature. It's good enough that I'm glad I've kept it, and I'll hang on to it. If nothing else, it has very approachable translations for works like Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Sophocles's Antigone and Oedipus Rex, and others. Good footnotes for English works like Othello and Hamlet. It's also got a number of diverse voices: readers will enjoy the works by August Wilson, Sandra Cisneros, and many others.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I bought this book for a college class. What I can recall that I read (in the Fiction book) was Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", and "The Masque of the Red Death". I also read: "The Things They Carried", "The Necklace", "A Rose for Emily", and "The Lottery". I can't recall exactly what I read in the Poetry book. In my spare time, I read from the Drama book William Shakespeare's "Othello, The Moor of Venice", "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". I bought this book for a college class. What I can recall that I read (in the Fiction book) was Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", and "The Masque of the Red Death". I also read: "The Things They Carried", "The Necklace", "A Rose for Emily", and "The Lottery". I can't recall exactly what I read in the Poetry book. In my spare time, I read from the Drama book William Shakespeare's "Othello, The Moor of Venice", "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ronni

    Basically this is a good book in terms of gathering a lot of "required reading" in one book. Full of stuff I've read in HS and college, plus stuff I know other ppl read in school, plus some stuff I'd never heard of that's considered critical, so that's good. The intro texts and auxiliary information, including the questions at the end of most piece,s left a lot to be desired. Basically this is a good book in terms of gathering a lot of "required reading" in one book. Full of stuff I've read in HS and college, plus stuff I know other ppl read in school, plus some stuff I'd never heard of that's considered critical, so that's good. The intro texts and auxiliary information, including the questions at the end of most piece,s left a lot to be desired.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    I read Kafka in here for the first time and Hemingway. It's an excellent grab bag text book. Great as a resource and to get your feet wet as a reader and writer. Also the entire plays of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet are in here, AWESOME! I read Kafka in here for the first time and Hemingway. It's an excellent grab bag text book. Great as a resource and to get your feet wet as a reader and writer. Also the entire plays of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet are in here, AWESOME!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    since i've never actually been in a college literature class of any sort, this book is my new best friend whilst teaching my tenacious middle schoolers. the poetry comes naturally to me, but this book is saving my ass in fiction lessons. since i've never actually been in a college literature class of any sort, this book is my new best friend whilst teaching my tenacious middle schoolers. the poetry comes naturally to me, but this book is saving my ass in fiction lessons.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    We are on the tale end of our books that were carried across the ocean with us. This one came out of a storage box (it was required reading at Koc high school). But it has Flannery O'Connor, Jorge Luis Borges, Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Dorris Lessing... We are on the tale end of our books that were carried across the ocean with us. This one came out of a storage box (it was required reading at Koc high school). But it has Flannery O'Connor, Jorge Luis Borges, Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Dorris Lessing...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Myra Sullivan

    I actually read the 11th edition, but the covers look the same. :D It's full of interesting short stories and I thought the bits that the authors put in before each story were helpful in identifying themes/key passages. A pretty good read as far as textbooks go. :) I actually read the 11th edition, but the covers look the same. :D It's full of interesting short stories and I thought the bits that the authors put in before each story were helpful in identifying themes/key passages. A pretty good read as far as textbooks go. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    William M

    The book was used in my English Literature 101 course at Liberty University. It carries a wide variety of poems, short stories, and plays. The book can be read as book of literature and not a textbook.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ~Lyn~

    This book provides information about literary theories and approach for analyzing literary work. Some reviews of famous works or authors are also included.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Great selections of classic and contemporary short stories and poetry.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Reading the poetry sections for a project, and pleasantly surprised by how much I am enjoying it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    reading for comp and lit and enjoying it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anna Tatelman

    Good textbook with nice collection of stories and poems. Some of the questions it asks about the various texts are rather ridiculous, but it also has some pretty good ones.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    Essential.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I am required to teach from this book for one of the lit classes I teach. It's not terrible, but I think there are better anthologies out there, and I'm determined to find them. I am required to teach from this book for one of the lit classes I teach. It's not terrible, but I think there are better anthologies out there, and I'm determined to find them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    sch

    Excellent and varied selections, clear and brief instruction.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Keyla

    its good i just needed to read one chapter because the book i order isn't here but its a good book its good i just needed to read one chapter because the book i order isn't here but its a good book

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