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The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings Paperback – January 10, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0312486860 ISBN-10: 0312486863 Edition: Sixth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Sixth Edition edition (January 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312486863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312486860
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

 DONALD McQUADE is professor of English and former dean of undergraduate studies and Vice Chancellor of University Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley. A past chair of CCCC, he has directed the writing programs at Berkeley and at Queens College, CUNY, and has published widely on American literature, American culture, and composition theory and practice. With his daughter Christine, he is coeditor of Seeing & Writing, now in its third edition from Bedford/St. Martin's.

ROBERT ATWAN is the director of The Blue Hills Writing Institute at Curry College and founder of the Best American Essays series, for which he serves as series editor. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, and Kenyon Review. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he has edited Ten on Ten: Major Essayists on Recurring Themes; Our Times: Readings from Recent Periodicals, now in its fifth edition, America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals, now in its seventh edition, and Convergences, now available in its second edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By NaughtiLiterati VINE VOICE on August 7, 2006
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I found this book at my favorite bookstore and have been reading it from cover to cover since. Though it's apparently used for classes, if you love reading and especially writing, then this book has ALL examples of the finest in every category. It is a winner and I only put it down to write this brief review! I am so glad that I picked it up, I saw others but they dull in comparison. I have the 4th edition and don't really see the need for the 5th since I'm reading it for pleasure and it's much cheaper and easier to find too! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I am right now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Florence on February 10, 2009
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I first encountered this book in AP Literature in high school. Then I bought this book because I loved the personal essays. There are questions in the back of each essay for you to analyze the writing piece and it really helps to make you think about how an author presents an idea.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J on December 15, 2007
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This book was required for a writing class I took in college. I am not rating based on the quality of the writings, but on another matter. One interesting thing about this collection is that so many of the works contained in this book are in the public domain and can easily be read online for free or bought elsewhere in print for much cheaper. Or use the public library!

Examples:
The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson
Second Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln
Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Learning to Read and Write by Frederick Douglass

And many more, plus magazine article reprints that are often put online for free reading.

I just wanted to make potential buyers aware of this fact before dumping close to $60 into something in which much of its contents are free. I bet you could buy all the copyrighted works in individual print separately for far less than this collection as a whole.

Like nearly all textbooks, this book is a true rip-off, and costs far more than it is worth. If it wasn't used in college, it would probably be a $20 book, if that. If your class requires it, then I guess you are a victim like the rest of us, be sure to buy used. If you are not required to buy it, don't! Don't support the publishers that gouge the students just because they know they can get away with it! Just my 2 cents.

****EDIT: 8/21/10*****
Good to see the price this book is selling for has dropped to next to nothing. Unfortunatly that probably just means the publisher put out a newer edition and colleges are requiring that one instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CL Jarvis on September 26, 2010
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Exactly what I needed for School and got it for a much more reasonable cost then on campus or through the regular ordering routes. It came in the condition stated..
Even though it's a college text book, it's a delight to read. It's an up to date and beautiful colletion of literary gems ranging from modern times back to the past. It has some short pieces by Twain that I had never read before. What a treat to read his short stories. One peice, by a modern writer, was so moving that as I read it, tears were streaming down my face. This will be one college text book that will stay in my library.
I'm using Amazon.com to get all of my college books from now on!!
THANK YOU AMAZON.COM!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maurissa Laudeman on January 31, 2013
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This kindle book was sent to my device no problem. The book was also really enjoyable to read. I won't give away any spoilers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vikki on January 3, 2014
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Got this for my son who was taking some college courses. It was a lot cheaper than going to a book store.
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I like this anthology for teaching my college composition course. It is chock full of a variety of genres, along with several "staple" texts that most college students read. Has diverse authors and really good comprehension questions. Plus, there is a powerful teaching manual for this that features some phenomenal synthesis and extension activities.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2000
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This book is amazing it includes the greatest essays i have ever read. I am studying in college and this book is requiered. For people who like to analize and enjoy reading short essays this is great; the different type of topics is very wide and the opinions from one writer to the other have a huge gap, which offers a variety of points of view.
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Robert Atwan is the founder and series editor of the annual Best American Essays. The editor of numerous anthologies, he has written on the ancient literature of the Near East and his critical essays and poetry reviews have appeared in many national periodicals. Laurance Wieder is the author of several volumes of poetry, including The Coronet of Tours; No Harm Done; The Last Century: Selected Poems; and One Hundred Fifty Psalms, a complete psalter. He has taught Bible and Ancient Authors at Cornell University.

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