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Literature and Its Writers: A Compact Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Fifth Edition Edition
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1) Very good selection of readings, including a smattering of very contemporary authors like Edwidge Danticat and Sherman Alexie, a section on "small press" poetry and poets, and so on.
2) I found on opening the book the first time that for Faulkner's story, "A Rose for Emily," there is an excerpt of an interview with Faulkner where he recalls what image (in his mind) inspired him to write this story--very informative, good supplement to the story, and a more personal artistic element that I haven't found in other anthologies.
3) The price is high--but not as high as some other anthologies, at least for the paperback edition. I try to give my students SOME break in the governmental and corporate campaign to bankrupt them (seemingly) by the time they are educated!
Some of the changes for this edition make the text a bit less useful for my purposes, however. "Address and Tribute" section has shrunk and appears to clip out, for instance, Ezra Pound's A Pact, which would have been an excellent short piece to retain given the healthy Whitman excerpts, the section devoted to Imagism, and Pound's nonfiction exposition on Whitman. Why did we lose that? The 5th ed David Foster Wallace selection "Good People" (which pairs so well with Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants") has been replaced by a much shorter Wallace story. "Good People" now appears in the most recent edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature, incidentally, which is probably what I'll end up adopting for my sections this Spring.
Would recommend this to any literature student.
I do like and enjoy this reading so far.
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I suppose this is as good to be expected. It has all basic types of literature ranging from poems to short stories.Published 7 months ago by Jesse Williams