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Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, 9th Edition

  • Laurie G. Kirszner University of the Sciences, Emeritus
  • Stephen R. Mandell Drexel University
  • ISBN-10: 1305092171  |  ISBN-13: 9781305092174
  • 1440 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2010
  • © 2016 | Published
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PORTABLE LITERATURE: READING, REACTING, WRITING, Ninth Edition, includes a wide selection of essential classic and contemporary readings along with brief introductions to the literary genres, useful study questions and prompts, and a down-to-earth, accessible guide to writing about literature. This streamlined edition is an affordable, portable alternative to the full-length and compact versions of this popular Introduction to Literature text.

Features and Benefits

  • PORTABLE LITERATURE: READING, REACTING, WRITING, Ninth Edition, includes all of the essential classic and contemporary readings along with brief introductions to the literary genres and useful study questions and prompts, providing everything students need in a convenient and affordable format.
  • The text opens with a down-to-earth, accessible guide to writing about literature, providing students with a solid foundation from which to approach readings, assignments, and discussions throughout the course.
  • Over eight editions, this brief but thorough Introduction to Literature text has been consistently praised for its clarity and student friendliness. In the ninth edition, Kirszner and Mandell continue to bring their student-centered approach to discussions of literary elements, including stories, poems, and plays that students are sure to find relevant and interesting.
  • The text includes five sample student papers, carefully selected to provide students with examples of effective responses to assignments frequently used in Introduction to Literature, Composition, and Argument courses.

Table of Contents

PART 1: A GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE.

Chapter 1: Reading and Writing about Literature.
Julia Alvarez’s “Dusting.”

Chapter 2: Writing Literary Arguments.

Chapter 3: Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism.

PART 2: FICTION.

Chapter 4: Understanding Fiction.
Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants.”

Chapter 5: Fiction Sampler: The Short-Short Story.
Julia Alvarez, “Snow.”
Amanda Brown, “Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape.”
Sandra Cisneros, “Pilón.”
Lydia Davis, “Television.”
Dave Eggers, “Accident.”
Bret Anthony Johnston, “Encounters with Unexpected Animals.”
Stephen Graham Jones, “Discovering America.”
Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl.”
Ed Park, “Slide to Unlock”
George Saunders, “Sticks.”

Chapter 6: Fiction Sampler: Graphic Fiction.
Max Brooks, from The Halem Hellfighters.
Marjane Satrapi, from Persepolis.
Art Spiegleman, from Maus.
Gene Luen Yang, from American Born Chinese.

Chapter 7: Plot.
Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour.”
Neil Gaiman, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”
William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily.”

Chapter 8: Character.
John Updike, “A&P.”
Katherine Mansfield, “Miss Brill.”
Charles Baxter, “Gryphon.”
Zadie Smith, “The Girl with Bangs.”

Chapter 9: Setting.
Kate Chopin, “The Storm.”
Sherman J. Alexie, “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.”
Tillie Olson, “I Stand Here Ironing.”

Chapter 10: Point of View.
Richard Wright, “Big Black Good Man.”
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado.”
William Faulkner, “Barn Burning.”
Edwidge Danticat, “New York Day Women.”

Chapter 11: Style, Tone, and Language.
James Joyce, “Araby.”
(Mary) Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”
Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried.”

Chapter 12: Symbol, Allegory, and Myth.
Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery.”
Alice Walker, “Everyday Use.”
Raymond Carver, “Cathedral.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown.”

Chapter 13: Theme.
Eudora Welty, “A Worn Path.”
David Michael Kaplan, “Doe Season.”
D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence, “The Rocking-Horse Winner.”

Chapter 14: Fiction for Further Reading.
T. Coraghessan Boyle, “Greasy Lake.”
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper.”
Lorrie Moore, “Referential.”
Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
Alberto Álvaro Ríos, “The Secret Lion.”
Amy Tan, “Two Kinds.”
Tobias Wolff, “Bullet in the Brain.”

PART 3: POETRY.

Chapter 15: Understanding Poetry.
Marianne Moore, “Poetry.”
Pamela Spiro Wagner, “How to Read a Poem: Beginner’s Manual.”
William Shakespeare, “That time of year thou mayst in me behold.”
E. E. Cummings, “l(a.”

Chapter 16: Voice.
Emily Dickinson, “I’m nobody! Who are you?”
Louise Glück, “Gretel in Darkness.”
Langston Hughes, “Negro.”
Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess.”
Leslie Marmon Silko, “Where Mountain Lion Lay Down with Deer.”
Janice Mirikitani, “Suicide Note.”
Robert Frost, “Fire and Ice.”
Thomas Hardy, “The Man He Killed.”
Amy Lowell, “Patterns.”
William Wordsworth, “The World Is Too Much with Us.”
Sylvia Plath, “Morning Song.”
Robert Herrick, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.”
Robert Browning, “Porphyria’s Lover.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias.”
Sherman Alexie, “Evolution.”
Sandra M. Castillo, “Castro Moves into the Havana Hilton.”
Agha Shahid Ali, “The Wolf’s Postscript to ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’”
Dudley Randall, “Ballad of Birmingham.”
Wislawa Szymborska, “Hitler’s First Photograph.”

Chapter 17: Word Choice, Word Order.
Bob Holman, “Beautiful.”
Walt Whitman, “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.”
Rhina Espaillat, “Bilingual/Bilingue.”
Adrienne Rich, “Living in Sin.”
E. E. Cummings, “in Just-.”
Francisco X. Alarcón, “‘Mexican’ Is Not a Noun.”
Margaret Atwood, “The City Planners.”
Jim Sagel, “Baca Grande.”
Adrienne Su, “The English Canon.”
Mark Halliday, “The Value of Education.”
Paul Laurence Dunbar, “We Wear the Mask.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, “What Shall I Give My Children?”
Edmund Spenser, “One day I wrote her name upon the strand.”
E. E. Cummings, “anyone lived in a pretty how town.”
A. E. Housman, “To an Athlete Dying Young.”

Chapter 18: Imagery.
Jane Flanders, “Cloud Painter.”
William Carlos Williams, “Red Wheelbarrow.”
Ezra Pound, “In a Station of the Metro.”
Gary Snyder, “Some Good Things to Be Said for the Iron Age.”
William Carlos Williams, “The Great Figure.”
F. J. Bergmann, “An Apology.”
Hart Crane, “Echoes.”
Lola Ridge, “Wall Street at Night.”
Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”
Jean Toomer, “Reapers.”
Frederick Morgan, “The Busses.”
William Shakespeare, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.”

Chapter 19: Figures of Speech.
William Shakespeare, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Langston Hughes, Harlem.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Constantly Risking Absurdity.
Audre Lorde, Rooming houses are old women.
Robert Burns, Oh, my love is like a red, red rose.
N. Scott Momaday, Simile.
Sylvia Plath, Metaphors.
Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.
Marge Piercy, The Secretary Chant.
John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.
Sylvia Plath, Daddy.
Edna St. Vincent Millay, If I should learn, in some quite casual way.
Anne Bradstreet, To My Dear and Loving Husband.
Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress.
Robert Frost, Out, Out—.
Countee Cullen, Incident.
Margaret Atwood, You fit into me.
Richard Lovelace, To Lucasta Going to the Wars.
Nancy Mercado, Going to Work.
John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale.
Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California.

Chapter 20: Sound.
Walt Whitman, “Had I the Choice.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, “Sadie and Maud.”
Emily Dickinson, “I like to see it lap the Miles—.”
Adrienne Rich, “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers.”
Thomas Lux, “A Little Tooth.”
Lewis Carroll, “A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky.”
Robert Herrick, “Delight in Disorder.”
Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken.”
Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Pied Beauty.”
Shel Silverstein, “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”
Jacob Saenz, “Evolution of My Block.”
Lewis Carroll, “Jabberwocky.”

Chapter 21: Form.
John Keats, “On the Sonnet.”
William Shakespeare, “When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes.”
John Keats, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Love is not all.”
Lynn Aarti Chandhok, “The Carpet Factory.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, “First Fight, Then Fiddle.”
Rhina Espaillat, “‘Find Work.’”
Alberto Álvaro Ríos, “Nani.”
Elizabeth Bishop, “Sestina.”
Patricia Smith, “Ethel’s Sestina.”
Theodore Roethke, “The Waking.”
Deborah Paredez, “Wife’s Disaster Manual.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “What Is an Epigram?”
Dorothy Parker, “News Item.”
Carol Ann Duffy, “Mrs. Darwin.”
Martín Espada, “Why I Went to College.”
A. R. Ammons, “Both Ways.”
Matsuo Bashō, “Four Haiku.”
Jack Kerouac, “American Haiku.”
Carl Sandburg, “Chicago.”
E. E. Cummings, “the sky was can dy.”
Walt Whitman, from “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking.”
William Carlos Williams, “Spring and All.”
Richard Blanco, “Mexican Almuerzo in New England.”
Claire Lee, “Living in Numbers.”

Chapter 22: Symbol, Allegory, Allusion, Myth.
William Blake, “The Sick Rose.”
Robert Frost, “For Once, Then, Something.”
Emily Dickinson, “Volcanoes be in Sicily.”
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven.”
Virgil Suárez, “Isla.”
Christina Rossetti, “Uphill.”
Carl Dennis, “At the Border.”
William Meredith, “Dreams of Suicide.”
Billy Collins, “Aristotle.”
R. S. Gwynn, “Shakespearean Sonnet.”
Countee Cullen, “Yet Do I Marvel.”
May Swenson, “The Centaur.”
William Butler Yeats, “Leda and the Swan.”
W. H. Auden, “Musée des Beaux Arts.”
T. S. Eliot, “Journey of the Magi.”

Chapter 23: Discovering Themes in Poetry.
Robert Herrick, “The Argument of His Book.”
Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz.”
Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays.”
Julia Alvarez, “Dusting.”
Seamus Heaney, “Digging.”
Mitsuye Yamada, “The Night Before Goodbye.”
Richard Blanco, “Papa’s Bridge.”
Andrew Hudgins, “Elegy for My Father, Who Is Not Dead.”
Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night.”
William Wordsworth, “I wandered lonely as a cloud.”
Gerard Manley Hopkins, “The Windhover.”
A. E. Housman, “Loveliest of Trees.”
Carl Sandburg, “Fog.”
Robert Frost, “Birches.”
Denise Levertov, “Living.”
Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things.”
Carl Sandburg, “Autumn Movement.”
Robert Browning, “Meeting at Night.”
Robert Browning, “Parting at Morning.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How Do I Love Thee?”
Edna St. Vincent Millay, “What lips my lips have kissed.”
Jehanne Dubrow, “Before the Deployment.”
Leigh Hunt, “Jenny Kissed Me.”
Dorothy Parker, “General Review of the Sex Situation.”
Tupac Shakur, “Love is Just Complicated.”
Wilfred Owen, “Dulce et decorum Est.”
Siegfried Sassoon, “Atrocities.”
Rupert Brooke, “The Soldier.”
John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields.”
Radiohead, “Harry Patch (in Memory of).”
Henry Reed, “Naming of Parts.”
W. H. Auden, from “In Time of War.”
Yusef Komunyakaa, “Facing It.”
David Hernandez, “Mosul.”
Richard Wilbur, “Terza Rima.”
Wislawa Szymborska, “The End and the Beginning.”

Chapter 24: Poetry for Further Reading.
Sherman J. Alexie, “Defending Walt Whitman.”
Anonymous, “Bonny Barbara Allan.”
Anonymous, “Go Down, Moses.”
Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach.”
William Blake, “The Chimney Sweeper.”
William Blake, “The Lamb.”
William Blake, “London.”
William Blake, “To see a World in a Grain of Sand.”
William Blake, “The Tyger.”
Elizabeth Bradfield, “Why They Went.”
Anne Bradstreet, “The Author to Her Book.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, “The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, “Medgar Evers.”
Charles Bukowski, “so you want to be a writer?”
George Gordon, Lord Byron, “She Walks in Beauty.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan.”
Billy Collins, “Introduction to Poetry.”
Bill Coyle, “Aubade.”
E. E. Cummings, “Buffalo Bill’s.”
E. E. Cummings, “next to of course god america i.”
Jim Daniels, “Short-Order Cook.”
Emily Dickinson, “Because I could not stop for Death—.”
Emily Dickinson, “‘Faith’ is a fine invention.”
Emily Dickinson, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—.”
Emily Dickinson, “I heard a Fly buzz—when I died—.”
Emily Dickinson, “Much Madness is divinest Sense—.”
Emily Dickinson, “My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun.”
Emily Dickinson, “The Soul selects her own Society—.”
Emily Dickinson, “There is no Frigate like a Book.”
Emily Dickinson, “There’s a certain Slant of light.”
Emily Dickinson, “This is my letter to the World.”
John Donne, “Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God.”
John Donne, “Death Be Not Proud.”
John Donne, “The Flea.”
Denise Duhamel, “Buddhist Barbie.”
T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
Louise Erdrich, “Indian Boarding School: The Runaways.”
Martín Espada, “The Community College Revises Its Curriculum in Response to Changing Demographics.”
Robert Frost, “Mending Wall.”
Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
Thomas Hardy, “The Convergence of the Twain.”
Seamus Heaney, “Mid-Term Break.”
William Ernest Henley, “Invictus.”
Gerard Manley Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur.”
Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”
Langston Hughes, “Theme for English B.”
John Keats, “La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad.”
John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
John Keats, “When I Have Fears.”
Lâm Thị Mỹ Dạ, “Bomb Crater Sky.”
Archibald MacLeish, “Ars Poetica.”
Christopher Marlowe, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.”
Claude McKay, “If We Must Die.”
Pat Mora, “La Migra.”
Pablo Neruda, “Tonight I Can Write.”
Pablo Neruda, “The United Fruit Co.”
Linda Pastan, “Ethics.”
Sir Walter Raleigh, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd.”
Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Richard Cory.”
Cynthia Rylant, “God Went to Beauty School.”
William Shakespeare, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds.”
William Shakespeare, “Not marble, nor the gilded monuments.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind.”
Stevie Smith, “Not Waving but Drowning.”
Wole Soyinka, “Hamlet.”
Wallace Stevens, “Anecdote of the Jar.”
Wallace Stevens, “The Emperor of Ice-Cream.”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses.”
Dylan Thomas, “Fern Hill.”
Ko Un, “In the old days a poet once said.”
Phillis Wheatley, “On Being Brought from Africa to America.”
Walt Whitman, “I Hear America Singing.”
Walt Whitman, “A Noiseless Patient Spider.”
Walt Whitman, from “Song of Myself.”
William Wordsworth, “London, 1802.”
William Wordsworth, “My heart leaps up when I behold.”
William Butler Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”
William Butler Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium.”
William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming.”

Poetry Sampler: Poetry and Art.
Rita Dove, “Sonnet in Primary Colors.”
Jane Flanders, “Van Gogh''s Bed.”
Allen Ginsberg, “Cézanne’s Ports.”
Robert Hayden, “Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’.”
Anne Sexton, “The Starry Night.”
Cathy Song, “Girl Powdering Her Neck.”

PART 4: DRAMA

Chapter 25: Understanding Drama.
Anton Chekhov, The Brute.

Chapter 26: Drama Sampler: Ten-Minute Plays.
Jane Martin, Beauty.
Kimberly Pau, Magic 8 Ball.
Harold Pinter, Applicant.
Earl T. Roske, Zombie Love.

Chapter 27: Plot.
David Ives, The Blizzard.
Warren Leight, Nine Ten.
Susan Glaspell, Trifles.
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House.

Chapter 28: Character.
Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman, Post-its.
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

Chapter 29: Staging.
Michael Salomon, The Date.
Milcha Sanchez-Scott, The Cuban Swimmer.
Sophocles, Oedipus the King.

Chapter 30: Theme.
Sophocles, Antigone.
August Wilson, Fences.

What's New

  • This new edition continues to feature a high concentration of diverse contemporary fiction, poetry, and drama selections while incorporating canonical pieces that were not included in previous editions.
  • More than 20% of the stories are new to this edition.
  • Almost 20% of the poems are new to this edition.
  • Almost 30% of the plays are new to this edition.

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Author Bio

Laurie G. Kirszner

Laurie G. Kirszner is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Kirszner, together with coauthor Stephen R. Mandell, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

Stephen R. Mandell

Stephen R. Mandell is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Mandell, together with coauthor Laurie G. Kirszner, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.