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Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing
This anthology focuses on writing about literature which is integrated in every chapter. Each element (i.e. character, setting, tone) is covered by a sample student essay and commentary on the essay. 32 MLA -Format Demonstrative student essays serve as models for good student writing. Three NEW chapters on research--one each for fiction, poetry and drama--feature full MLA- ...more
Hardcover, Ninth Edition, 2080 pages
Published November 21st 2008 by Prentice Hall
(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.