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The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing

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The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature is designed to bring literature to life — and to make students lifelong readers. As an instructor of literature and writing, editor Michael Meyer understands that a particular challenge in today’s classroom is that students may not see literature as relevant to their lives. They may have difficulty reading it critically and
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Paperback, 1728 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Bedford/St. Martin's
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Sara
Dec 06, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
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It's a really good book, but I prefer the more compact later edition. My complaints about this begin and end with it's big, floppy size. It's too thick, taller than I like (but not too bad in the scope of textbooks) and pretty heavy.
Milly Hawkins
Nov 01, 2011 Milly Hawkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


MID-TERM BREAK BY SEAMUS HEANEY

This is a poem that has stuck in my mind from an anthology of poetry called 'Songs of Ourselves' that my brother studied. It is a child-like recount from a boy away at school who is fetched and taken home for the funeral of his younger brother. The language is rich and descriptive and includes the grief and tears of his parents, the uncomfortable awkwardness of neighbours, the confusion and the sympathy. I like the symbolism of the 'snowdrops and candles' to port
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Rachel
Mar 07, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great anthology for college students. It contains the typical canon pieces by Hawthorne, Dickens, Melville, etc., but it also has some wonderful surprises, both old and new.

The poetry section is a great survey, with whole chapters dedicated to poets such as Dickinson, Frost, Cummings, and Hughes.

Drama contains a play by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Henrik Ibsen, as well as "Fences" by Wilson.

I've enjoyed reading and closely examening all of these texts.
Jarrodtrainque
This best-selling anthology continues to combine a generous and vibrant selection of stories, poems, and plays with editorial features proven to help students read, think, and write effectively about literature. Now featuring unique visual portfolios and a CD-ROM packed with activities and contextual material, the new edition brings literature to life for students as never before./
Diana
Sep 10, 2009 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the text my literature class is using, so I guess I am currently reading it, too. We're starting with short stories.
Kristy
May 22, 2011 Kristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good collection of short stories! I love how short stories can create such a big impact on the reader.
Natasha
I am not big fan of short stories (they all seem to end surprisingly dreadful) but I really enjoy the way the text book is written.
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Michael Meyer has taught writing and literature courses for more than thirty years—since 1981 at the University of Connecticut and before that at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the College of William and Mary. In addition to being an experienced teacher, Meyer is a highly regarded literary scholar. His scholarly articles have appeared in distinguished journals such as American L ...more
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