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Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing (9th Edition) 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0136040996
ISBN-10: 0136040993
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Roberts, Literature, 9/e

 

This new edition of Roberts: An Introduction to Reading and Writing puts the tools you need for writing about literature at your fingertips. During his lengthy career as an educator, Professor Roberts recognized the need for a text that integrates instructional material with an anthology of poetry, fiction, and drama, giving equal attention to both the literary content and the fundamentals of reading and writing critically. Designed on that basis, this collection presents a step-by-step overview of the writing process before moving into chapters focusing on writing about specific literary elements and genres. The textbook reinforces these lessons throughout with appropriate literary works, illustrative student essays, and visual aids. In addition, extensive coverage is given to the research process and to writing research papers about literature. The ninth edition of Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing regards the study of literature and the study of writing as mutually instructive and supportive, and its focus on these connections will ensure your development as a critical reader, thinker, and writer.

 

 

WHAT’S NEW IN THIS EDITION

• "Visualizing Genres" sections for fiction, poetry, and drama– devoted to the special relationships of literature to visual and dramatic art

• MLA document maps to help locate key information about frequently-cited sources such as books and websites

• A complete interior redesign to make key features and selections easier to find and read

• Eleven new works of fiction, 48 new poems and 1 new full-length play including works from James Baldwin, Raymond Carver, Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, Yusef Komunyakaa, and August Wilson.

• Online support available through Pearson’s website and the MyLiteratureLab interactive learning system.

 

Visit us at www.pearsonhighered.com/english

 

About the Author

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 has 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>.

 

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2080 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 9 edition (November 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136040993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136040996
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Obviously I purchased this for class, but unlike some textbooks which can be boring this one was really great. It's more of a collection of plays, stories, poems, etc. than a "literature is blah, blah, blah". It's also very informative, some of the english books I've had for other classes have been really boring or they've cut some of the authors work short. This one gives you so much that I'd really call it more of a book of collected works than a textbook.

It's also broken into sections like Fiction, Poems, which makes it easy to navigate through and the sections are further broken into chapters such as theme, setting, etc. with works that correspond, so you really get a good example of what each chapter is talking about.

One negative though would be the size, it's really big but with all that's included I guess it only makes sense that it would be that massive.

All in all it was a great purchase plus I think I bought it from someone on Amazon for a $1 (for a hardcover!) so it was also a good buy. My suggestion would be that more English professosrs should use it or for anyone who just wants to be informed literally, this is a really good book.
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Format: Paperback
I had to write a review after seeing the only other review for this book. It sounded like some kid who had to take a class he didn't want to and blaimed the book for it. This is a great book. It's super dense, it contains a great deal of analysis of the various components of writing with illustrative examples (short stories) by a wide variety of contemporary and classic authors. This is a great anthology. It contains almost 1,500 pages and contains poetry, plays, and fiction. Also, it contains some biographical information and has a glossary of literary terms. A bargain for the price if you ask me.
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I had to purchase this book for a dual credit English class during my senior year of high school, and I really enjoyed exploring it outside of class as well as in. As other reviewers mentioned, An Introduction to Reading and Writing is not simply a bunch of literary mumbo-jumbo by a self-important editor. This is an anthology of short stories and poems by a wide variety of authors, interspersed with small sections dedicated to single authors like Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and Edgar Allan Poe. As an English major and aspiring writer, this was an invaluable collection of work that I have referred to many times over the past two years--both for the wonderful stories that are included and the advice on general grammar rules. My only disappointment with this textbook was that, because my class was dual credit and therefore required to cover senior English and freshman college English in one semester, my teacher did not have sufficient time to teach this entire book. After graduation, I definitely went back to this to read what I had missed. For those of you who are required to purchase this text, you will not be disappointed--especially at Amazon's discounted price. When I purchased this textbook brand new in the fall of 2008, it was about $150. Need I say more?
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This book is very precise and very detailed. If you know nothing about critical thinking and writing analytical essays this would be a good book for you. However, if you have a confident concept of the field, this book is just a drag. The definitions are helpful and clear but the sheer amount of droll information is rediculous. I could never see a beginer retain 80% of this info.
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Format: Hardcover
It's an excellent anthology. Here are some of the writers, playwrights, authors, and others who have contributed to this text.

Aesop; Matthew Arnold;
Anne Bradstreet; Aphra Behn; William Blake; Robert Burns; Lord Byron; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Robert Browning; Robert Bridges;
Thomas Campion; Richard Crashaw; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Lewis Carroll;
Michael Drayton; John Donne; John Dryden; Emily Dickinson;
Anne Finch;
Thomas Gray;
Robert Herrick; George Herbert; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Frances E.W. Harper; Thomas Hardy;
Henrik Ibsen;
Ben Jonson;
Henry King; John Keats;
Richard Lovelace;
Christopher Marlowe; John Milton; Andrew Marvell; Moliere;
Thomas Nashe;
Katherine Phillips; Alexander Pope; Edgar Allan Poe;
Sir Walter Raleigh; Christina Rossetti;
Sophocles; Saint Luke; Edmund Spenser; Sir Philip Sidney; William Shakespeare; Jonathan Swift; Percy Shelley;
Edward Taylor; Lord Alfred Tennyson; Mark Twain;
Sir Thomas Wyatt; Edmyund Waller; Phyllis Wheatley; William Wordsworth; Cornelius Whur; Walt Whitman;
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Format: Hardcover
Used for my college English II class, this text presents many literary ideas which could be useful for fully learning the many apsects of english.

There is an adjunct video course also usually taught in conjunction with this text, and its available for free on demand online at learner dot org.

I've kept this text for the many stories and usefull English info. Worth having.
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I needed to buy this for a Lit 1101 class. Instead of paying full price, got this used book for cheap. It was in great condition except for the cover, and you wouldn't even know it was used flipping through the pages.
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