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Literature: A Pocket Anthology (Penguin Academics Series)

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The perfect alternative to lengthy literature anthologies, this brief, affordable collection of fiction, poetry, and drama provides a concise but complete introduction to the study of literature, focusing almost exclusively on selections with brief discussion of writing about fiction, poetry, and drama. "Writing About Fiction, Poetry, and Drama" sections offer a brief over ...more
Paperback, 1472 pages
Published August 2nd 2001 by Longman Publishing Group (first published 2001)
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This review is for the 5th edition of Literature: A Pocket Anthology. I chose this text for a course on a critical approach to literature, and love the selection of poems and short stories in particular. For my students, this text is at the right price point, and we'll make great use of the book as a whole.


The indexing was done horribly and is basically unreliable. For example, "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath is listed as page 634, when it is actually pages 706-708. I have bumped into this several t
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Literature A Pocket Anthology- R.S. Gwynn
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In the text Literature A Pocket Anthology by R.S. Gwynn we find short stories in here about conflict and appreciation. In the first short story A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett the main character Sylvia finds her self conflicted when she finally breaks out of her comfort zone to try to please a stranger her and her Grandmother invited over. She has to decide whether to please a new charming stranger by showing him a bird to hunt or t
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I'm in a class called "Introduction to Literature" (which I am required to take, even though it's pretty far below my level of intelligence) and this is one of our textbooks. I actually quite like the book, and I did even before I started working out of it. I'm partly just in love with my copy of the book--it's used and a little bit abused. The pages are wonderfully thin (enough that it's rather difficult to turn just one), which I enjoy for the pure frustration factor. The translations of texts ...more
an anthology of wonderful short stories and classic poetry perfectly filtered for the convenient and inconsistent literature buff like myself. Excellent writing, low commitment, and classic reading in small doses. What is not to love?!

I had to read for class it wasn't bad had good stories and plays! The poem section was not my favorite but otherwise I enjoyed it. Learned a lot about Literature that's for sure!
great selection of contemporary poetry. Eclectic, international, wide-ranging choices of writers and materials. Really highly recommended!
text book for into to crit. and lit. studies
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R.S. Gwynn, known as a "new formalist" poet, received a BA from Davidson College, where he twice won the Vereen Bell Award for Creative Writing, and he earned both an MA and an MFA from the University of Arkansas, where he won the John Gould Fletcher Award for Poetry. Gwynn has also won the Michael Braude Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He is the author of several collections o
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