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Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, 12th Edition 12th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205230389
ISBN-10: 0205230385
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X. J. Kennedy , after graduation from Seton Hall and Columbia, became a journalist second class in the Navy (“Actually, I was pretty eighth class”). His poems, some published in the New Yorker, were first collected in Nude Descending a Staircase (1961). Since then he has written six more collections, several widely adopted literature and writing textbooks, and seventeen books for children, including two novels. He has taught at Michigan, North Carolina (Greensboro), California (Irvine), Wellesley, Tufts, and Leeds. Cited in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and reprinted in some 200 anthologies, his verse has brought him a Guggenheim fellowship, a Lamont Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, an Aiken-Taylor prize, the Robert Frost Medal of the Poetry Society of America, and the Award for Poetry for Children from the National Council of Teachers of English. He now lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he and his wife Dorothy have collaborated on four books and five children.

 

Dana Gioia is a poet, critic, and teacher.  Born in Los Angeles of Italian and Mexican ancestry, he attended Stanford and Harvard before taking a detour into business. After years of writing and reading late in the evenings after work, he quit a corporate vice presidency to write. He has published four collections of poetry, Daily Horoscope (1986), The Gods of Winter (1991), Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award, and Pity the Beautiful (2012); and three critical volumes, including Can Poetry Matter? (1992), an influential study of poetry’s place in contemporary America. Gioia has taught at Johns Hopkins, Sarah Lawrence, Wesleyan (Connecticut), Mercer, and Colorado College. From 2003-2009 he served as the Chairman of the National Endowments for the Arts. At the NEA he created the largest literary programs in federal history, including Shakespeare in American Communities and Poetry Out Loud, the national high school poetry recitation contest. He also led the campaign to restore active literary reading by creating The Big Read, which helped reverse a quarter century of decline in U.S. reading. He is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.

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  • Series: AN Introduction to fiction, poetry, drama and writing
  • Hardcover: 2192 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 12 edition (January 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205230385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205230389
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This textbook gives deep coverage to the areas of short fiction, drama, and poetry. It contains an astounding amount of information. There are quite a number of full stories, poems, and plays--although I have not counted, I would say that the number could be approaching 1000.

The authors have done a great job in selecting writings to illustrate concepts. All of the selected writings are good, in the objective sense--they contain deep meaning. Of course, personal taste is subjective, and my experience was that some of the writings were thoroughly enjoyable, and none were quite intolerable.

There are also questions after pieces of literature to help the reader achieve more insight than they might of their own devices, small sections that offer tips on writing, light biographies and case studies of various authors. Throughout the course I have made lists of various authors I found to be particularly interesting, for further reading on my own time.

This singular textbook was, for the purpose of my class, equivalent to a boxed set which contains each of the treated topics in a separate book. The page numbers corresponded exactly to those of the books in the boxed set. I saved a good bit of money in purchasing this, and I much prefer a single textbook to a clumsy boxed set.

I like this textbook enough that now that my class is done, I am still considering whether to keep it for independent learning or sell it to recoup some of the cost.
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Was forced to get this book for my English lit class and to be honest I've only used it a couple of times. All of the reading the teacher has given us links online for so the book was completely unnecessary. The book itself is good and has good pieces from some really talented authors.
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For the amount I paid and the description given, I feel as though the sellers were not entirely honest about the books condition. I have people in class who paid maybe $30-$50 less than I did and they have almost brand new books. I plan on selling this book back online after the semester is finished. I'll be curious to find how much i׳ll sell for it
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Some important pages were missing in this book. I realized only after I started using it into the semester. It was too late to return. I was dissapointed.
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I rented this book because I needed it for an English class. I found this book to be helpful for many reasons but the main one would be that the book contained good examples of student essays and the essays would help me get an idea of what to write about for my essays.
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By Monica on August 12, 2015
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I used this book for as a student in my English Composition class. I like the hard cover version of this book because I think it is a very complete compilation of English Literature. It even has some examples of poetry in Spanish and Italian sonnets.
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It's decent enough as a college text. The introductions to each section are boring and a bit pedantic, but it covers all the classics and has some really interesting extras.
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Content seemed a bit lacking. Pages were much thinner than normal books. Great deal of the book is review questions, rather than more content or synopses.
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