Eleventh Edition   ©2016

The Bedford Introduction to Literature

Reading, Thinking, and Writing

Michael Meyer (University of Connecticut)  

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-00218-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-00218-3; Format: Cloth Text, 1824 pages

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The Bedford Introduction to Literature is a best-seller for a reason: It brings literature to life for students, helping to make them lifelong readers and better writers. Classic works drawn from many periods and cultures—by the authors you love to teach—appear alongside a strong selection of today’s notable writers. There is ample support for students, with a dozen chapters of critical reading and writing support, helpful sample close readings, writing assignments, and student papers. And, because everyone teaches and learns a little differently, there are lots of options for working with the literature, including case studies on individual works and themes that everyone can relate to. In-depth chapters on major authors like Flannery O’Connor and Robert Frost take students deeper into their work, and chapters on the fiction of Dagoberto Gilb and the poetry of Billy Collins and Julia Alvarez—created in collaboration with the authors themselves—are one more way that the anthology showcases literature as a living, changing art form. Featuring a new thematic case study on war fiction and a new cultural case study on John Patrick Shanley's celebrated play Doubt—a proven success in the classroom—the eleventh edition helps students draw lasting connections between the literature they read and the world around them

"I think it is the best introduction to literature book out there. It gets to the heart of literary emotion and process."
— Gina L. Hochhalter, Little Big Horn College