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About the Author

Nancy R. Comely is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Queens College, City University of New York.  In addition to Fields of Reading, she has coedited The Practice of Writing and Text Book for Bedford/St. Martin's, and is coauthor with Robert Scholes of Hemingway's Genders (Yale UP). She has also directed the writing program at the University of Oklahoma.
 
Carl H. Klaus, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa and founding director of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, currently serves as coeditor (with Patricia Hampl) of Sightline Books: the University of Iowa Press Series in Literary Nonfiction. He is coauthor or coeditor of several college textbooks, most recently Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010), and Stages of Drama (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003). Essayist, diarist, and memoirist, Klaus is the author of My Vegetable Love: A Journal of a Growing Season (Houghton Mifflin); Weathering Winter: A Gardener’s Daybook (University Of Iowa Press); and Letters to Kate: Life after Life (University of Iowa Press).
 
Nancy Sommers, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing and mentors new writing teachers at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.  She led Harvard’s Expository Writing Program for twenty years, directing the first-year writing program and establishing Harvard’s WAC program. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well known for her research and publications on student writing. Her articles Revision Strategies of Student and Experienced Writers and Responding to Student Writing are two of the most widely read and anthologized articles in the field of composition.  Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of college writing to understand the role writing plays in undergraduate education. Sommers is the lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, and is coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (2010).
 
Jason Tougaw is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Queens College. He is author of Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel (Routledge, 2006) and coeditor, with Nancy K. Miller, of Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community (University of Illinois Press). Currently, his writing focuses on connections between neurobiology and the arts, new media pedagogies, and creative nonfiction. He has published essays and creative nonfiction in JAC, Computers & Composition, a/b: Auto/biography Studies, and the anthology Boys to Men: Gay Men Write about Growing Up.

Robert Scholes, professor of modern culture and media at Brown University, is a distinguished teacher and a scholar in literary studies. He has published many influential books and articles, including The Rise and Fall of English: Reconstructing English as a Discipline (1998), Protocols of Reading (1989), and Textual Power: Literary Theory and the Teaching of English (1985), which won the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize of the Modern Language Association in 1986 and the David H. Russell Research Award from NCTE in 1988. Scholes is a contributor of numerous articles and book reviews to learned journals, literary magazines, and weekly reviews.

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Tenth Edition edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145760891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457608919
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica S. Manuel on September 30, 2013
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The collection of essays in this text cannot be beat. In previous semesters, I found many of the essays online and had students access them that way. This text offers every essay I have previously taught and so it was a no brainer in my choosing it for class. If you are a student reading this and prefer to go on a scavenger hunt to find the readings, you can easily do so and won't need to spend the money, however, many students prefer to rent or buy the text and have it in hand, and this one is worth the purchase.

If you are an instructor, you can contact the publisher directly and they will send you an exam copy with instructor resources. The page numbers still correspond to the student text, which is nice. Aside from the articles, the text explores different kinds of writing approaches (Reflecting, Reporting, Explaining, Arguing). This is not how I approach writing assignments, but some instructors might find the distinctions helpful. It also covers developing a research question, evaluating sources, paraphrasing, and the writing process, however, the discussion is very superficial, and it will be necessary to supplement this material with lectures or other reading material.

I intend to use this text again next semester.
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By Angela on April 20, 2015
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Great condition and even had a note of encouragement!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fernando on March 4, 2013
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This Book is great I am using it to take a English 100.
Best Book, the essays inside have actually made me like english, and I hate English ha.
Awesome Book for an English Class! or its also very usefull for personal Use.

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By Rick on January 25, 2015
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For used it is good.
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By Jennifer on February 15, 2015
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Good condition
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By tompatton on February 8, 2015
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as expected
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Asha on October 11, 2014
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I love this book I purchased it for my boyfriends English class and I find myself reading it more than him. The articles are very interesting and informative.
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