Eleventh Edition   ©2017

The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature

Reading, Thinking, and Writing

Michael Meyer (University of Connecticut)  

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03727-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03727-7; Format: Paper Text, 1488 pages

Spark a lifelong love of literature in your students.

The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature is a bestseller for a reason: It brings literature to life for students, helping to make them lifelong readers, better writers, and more critical thinkers in any path they choose. Classic works drawn from many periods and cultures appear alongside a strong showing from today’s authors. There is plenty of support for students, with a dozen chapters of critical reading and writing support, helpful sample close readings, writing assignments, and student papers in 2016 MLA style. And, because everyone teaches and learns differently, there are many 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 including Flannery O’Connor and Nathaniel Hawthorne take students deeper into their work, and three 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.
"I rate The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature as head and shoulders above its competition." —Donald Pharr, Saint Leo University