The most popular introductory anthology of its kind, Kennedy/Gioia’s Literature continues to inspire students with engaging insights on reading and writing about stories, poems, and plays.
Poets in their own right, editors X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia bring personal warmth and a human perspective to this comprehensive anthology. Organized into three genres—Literature, Tenth Edition, presents readable discussions of the literary devices, illustrated by apt works, supported by useful writing tips, and followed by (now) seven full chapters devoted to writing. A broad scope of traditional and contemporary works is provided, most headed by author images and richly detailed biographical notes and some followed by author commentary. While maintaining the characteristics of its previous editions–accessible apparatus, expansive author representation–this tenth edition of Literature has been re-imagined to include new casebooks, a lively new design, and more writing coverage than ever before.
Designed for college literature courses, this text contains four main sections devoted to fiction, poetry, drama, and critical writing. The volume contains classic and contemporary works, including 67 stories, 501 poems, and 18 plays. The section on criticism covers ten major schools of literary criticism and theory. Writing exercises are found in each chapter, and five chapters discuss how to write about literature. The eighth edition also features 6 casebooks, which explore in-depth selections of the writings of authors such as Langston Hughes, Flannery O'Connor, and Shakespeare. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)