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Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Compact Interactive Edition (7th Edition) 7th Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (February 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205229840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205229840
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I picked this book up for a class, expecting to be perfectly bored. Instead, this book woke up my sleeping love of learning and literature. The book is easy to understand and contains MANY great stories and poems in it. It also has a great glossary and index was well. It came with an additional feature, MyLiteratureLab, which is an accompanying web page. That is also very helpful indeed.
This book is so good, there were even people at work wanting to check it out!
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I rarely ever like any book the school require me to buy, but this book is an exception. The only problem I have with this book is the price. $109 slash down to $89 is still a little steep for students. Textbook should not be more than $50 bucks, said the poor college student.
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By Rokin Mom on December 26, 2012
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I bought this for my Introduction to Literature class, and I must say I did appreciate the book being broken down into four smaller books. I cannot imagine trying to handle the text if it had been all in one book. However, the thin pages are a huge downfall, as it makes them very easy to tear and almost impossible to highlight. The highlighting just bleeds right through the page. It's also hard to write with anything but pencil in the books for the same reason. I suspect some of you will cringe when thinking of highlighting or writing in your text, but it was required by my instructor and I personally find it helpful. I would say the pages are about the same thickness as what is in a typical Bible.

The literature in this collection is typical for an introductory class. I found most of it enjoyable and there was a nice variety. I would recommend being very careful if you are planning to sell this book back at the end of the semester as it's easy to damage.
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This was my favorite textbook in college, thirty five years ago. It is a good reference book and is great reading on its own. I lost my original copy awhile ago and miss it. So, at sixty years old I find myself ordering a textbook. I'm sure I can still glean much knowledge and entertainment from its many pages.
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I bought this book for my Intro To Lit class. It is definitely one of those text books you keep for future reference. Kennedy does such a wonderful job of collectimg some of the most interesting works out there from classics to modern. More only complaint is the paper. The paper is like Bible paper. It is very thin so note taking is a bit of a pain but I still highly recommend it.
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There is a lot of good information in this book. I didn't realize that it was over 1,000 pages (the pages are like tissue paper). It also has a wealth of short stories, poems, and short plays which makes its usefulness transcend its purpose as a textbook.
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By ari on December 15, 2013
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Brand new book and it's actually relatively cheap, compared to some other sites and my school. I thought the fiction and drama parts were actually really entertaining, for being something that I had to read for school. Personally, I wasn't a big fan of the poetry part; however, they had a giant variety of poets, including my favorite, so it's forgivable and I think that if you like poetry, then you'd like that section. I haven't read the writing section because my teacher didn't have us read that, but if it's like the rest of the sections, then it's got to be great!
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Not a bad little collection of books. I purchased this for my Lit 231 class and we really only used the Poetry and Fiction books. The books are well written and laid out well however, the pages are newsprint type paper and very fragile.
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