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Popular Writing in America: The Interaction of Style and Audience 5th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0195073088
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"Excellent book for showing which texts 'work' in popular resources."--Cynthia Ryan, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"One of the best texts available in terms of writing examples and cultural relevance. My favorite qualities include the historical comparisons that are possible and the variety of genres featured."--Brett Foster, Eastern Nazarene College

"I am particularly pleased with the diverse and historical approach to American culture."--Michele Molk, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

"Very well done! Certainly a positive for all students. Not to be missed. The readings on the Press are exceptional."--Ed Rooney, Loyola University

"This is an excellent and varied collection of readings that we are likely to put on the adoption list for our sophomore-level Topics in Writing course."--Christy Friend, University of Texas at Austin

"An excellent introduction to non-academic writing in the United States for both readers and writers."--Tom Carpenter, University of Arkansas at Monticello

"An excellent text that in its fifth edition has become more comprehensive and diverse and, therefore, even more timely."--Donald Gilzinger, Suffolk Community College

"An exciting and unusual mix of texts, unusual because the book offers words caught in the process, not of composition, but of living, as writers struggle to attract, inform and amuse readers, to shake them, basically, out of their inattentive doldrums and feel their words."--Anthony DiMattio, New York Institute of Technology

"The best reference book that I've seen to inform our international communications majors about our American culture."--Robert W. Larson, Pittsburg University

"Well structured use of advertising issues."--Cassandra Reese, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

About the Author

Donald McQuade is at University of California, Berkeley. Robert Atwan is at Seton Hall University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 5 edition (April 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195073088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195073089
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You won't find another anthology that packs so many classic essays and stories (EB White, Stephen Crane, John Updike) with quality journalism and parts of popular novels (Tarzan, Godfather). The issue areas are still relevant--lyrics in popular music, violence in youth, sexism, persuasion in advertisements, popular hysteria (War of the Worlds in 1930s). But there's a disappointment too: the book has not been revised since 1993. So there's nothing on Columbine, the Twin Towers,

recent rock group, terrorism, and display ads that young readers might recognize. It's a shame that the editors have moved on to other projects and another publisher, and that Oxford has not been able (or willing?) to update some of the issue areas. So four, not five stars.
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By A. Yang on October 16, 2008
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This book came great in helping me pass my class! Price for this book was awsome.
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