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Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing (10th Edition) Hardcover – January 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 979-0205000363 ISBN-10: 0205000363 Edition: 10th

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  • Hardcover: 2048 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 10 edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205000363
  • ISBN-13: 979-0205000363
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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About Edgar V. Roberts

 

Edgar V. Roberts, Emeritus Professor of English at Lehman College of The City University of New York, is a native of Minnesota. He graduated from the Minneapolis public schools in 1946, and received his Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1960. He taught English at Minnesota, the University of Maryland Overseas Division, Wayne State University, Hunter College, and Lehman College. From 1979 to 1988, He was Chair of the English Department of Lehman College.

 

He served in the U.S. Army in 1946 and 1947, seeing duty in Arkansas, the Philippine Islands, and Colorado.

 

He published articles about the plays of Henry Fielding, the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation. In 1968 he published a scholarly edition of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728), and in 1969 he published a similar edition of Fielding's The Grub-Street Opera (1731), both with the University of Nebraska Press. He first published Writing About Literature (then named Writing Themes About Literature) in 1964, with Prentice Hall. Since then, this book has undergone eleven separate revisions, for a total of twelve editions. In 1986, with Henry E. Jacobs of the University of Alabama, he published the first edition of Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. After Professor Jacobs's untimely death in the summer of 1986, Professor Roberts continued working on changes and revisions to keep this text up to date. The Ninth Edition was published early in 2009, with Pearson Longman. The Fourth Compact Edition of Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing was published in 2008.

 

Professor Roberts is an enthusiastic devoté of symphonic music and choral singing, having sung in local church choirs for forty years. Recently he has sung (bass) with the New Choral Society of Scarsdale, New York (where he lives), singing in classic works by Handel, Beethoven, Bruckner, Bach, Orff, Britten, Brahms, and others. He is a fan of both the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. When the two teams play in inter-league games, he is uneasy because he dislikes seeing either team lose. He also likes both the Giants and the Jets. He has been an avid jogger ever since the early 1960s, and he enjoys watching national and international track meets.

 

Professor Roberts encourages queries, comments, and suggestions from students who have been using any of the various books. Use the following email address: edgar.roberts@verizon.net.

 

About Robert Zweig

 

             Robert Zweig is a tenured, full professor at Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York.  He teaches courses in Literature and Writing and for many years was the Intensive Writing Coordinator for the college

            He has a doctorate in English Literature from the City University of New York, a Masters from Queens College in creative writing and a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in English literature.  Dr. Zweig has numerous peer-reviewed publications in journals, encyclopedias and books.  In addition, he is currently writing two textbooks for McGraw-Hill on the writing process, due out in 2011, another textbook, Grammar in the Modern World (Pearson) due out in 2011 and is co-author of Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, a bestselling introduction to literature textbook by Longman Publishers.  His translations of the Italian poet and Nobel Laureate Eugentio Montale appear in this text.

Also, Dr. Zweig has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Italy on Victorian Literature, Poetics and contemporary culture. Some of the American universities he has addressed include Notre Dame, New York University, University of California, Harvard, University of Illinois, University of Delaware, Rutgers University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

            He has received several scholarships and awards, including a Mellon Fellowship and the Phi Beta Kappa award for “Outstanding Teaching Skills” as one of the Top Ten Professors at Manhattan Community College.

           

 


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Knightley Emma on July 19, 2011
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I have a friend (M.A. Lit) who uses this to teach literature to high school students. So, when I was looking around for something to use when I teach, I took a look at this (7th ed). I also looked at Perrine's literature book (recommended by a different friend) as well as Roberts' Writing About Literature. (Sorry; I can't figure out how to underline the title.)

The literature book is basically the same as Roberts' writing book. There are a handful of pages of additional lesson material in the writing book (like about films), and some (many?) of the illustrative examples are different. The literature book has much more material, though. Is that additional material necessary? I really didn't look that closely.

Perrine (8th ed) has fewer excerpts. However, I found that a good thing. There are definitely some excerpts in Roberts' book that I won't have my students read. I think Perrine was wise to be more selective (and still included all the "major" players as well as pretty much the same selections from those authors). It also makes the material much easier to use. When I flip through Roberts' book, I have to go past a lot of stories. I was primarily looking for teaching material. I think he could have followed up with a list of suggested additional reading (per chapter) instead.

I prefer the way the instruction is presented in Roberts' book. Visually, it is offset to separate the ideas in a given chapter. Perrine's text doesn't visually indicate breaks. Substantively, Roberts has more detailed explanations. For example, he discusses how characters are disclosed in literature. Perrine only explains different literary terms about characterization.

Roberts includes biographies on some authors. That's a nice touch.
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By C O'C on March 26, 2014
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I am renting this book for my college class. Much cheaper than buying at the bookstore and I don't plan to keep it anyway.
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By LATOYA on December 10, 2013
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excellent rental fee. just what I needed for my english lit class without purchasing. Easy simple return. No charge. will continue to rent books thru amazon
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This work is great for 1102 and beyond!!! I am reading almost every short story and poem for class and it's easily accessible... The book was in such amazing condition, like new!!!
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By Maria Gomez on September 27, 2013
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I ordered this for a literature class and it arrived on time as promised with no issues. I'm very happy with this purchase.
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This book is thick, I warn you, but has a lot of interesting stories and novels. It contains useful info on literature (especially poetry).
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I love the reading selections, and the style of instruction that I find in this book. I learn much more from the book than I do from the professor. I actually read chapters that are not even assigned, as the instruction is very personable, and the reading selections are very interesting - not dry and academic.
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By JHeit328 on May 30, 2013
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I expected a used book and thats what i got. Highlighting and writing were in it- minimal and expected. Thanks!
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