Literature: An Introdu...
Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing
A comprehensive anthology of fiction, poetry, and drama -- and a text emphasizing the close connection between good reading and effective writing.
Hardcover, Third Edition, 1649 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Prentice Hall College Div
(first published 1986)
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I did not use this book in a course, but bought it as a reference before returning to college after 20 years. The book shines in three ways. First, it provides a detailed explanation of literary terms that need to be understood to succeed in an undergraduate English literature course. Everything from characterization and plot for fiction, to rhythm and symbolic allusion in poetry to tragic and comic vision in drama. Second, it provides concrete explanation, with examples, of how to write analyti...more
This was a simple and easy to understand English Lit book. I enjoyed it, however it seems to have a little too many descriptive when trying to explain things. The material was a little easier to understand than I thought it should have been, considering it is a college course.