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Prose Models 11th Edition

Gerald Levin

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1996
  • 648 Pages

Overview

Containing over 110 selections by contemporary and classic writers, PROSE MODELS is a rhetorical reader that covers the major elements of paragraph, essay and methods of development with an emphasis on Argument and Persuasive writing.

Gerald Levin, Professor Emeritus, University of Akron

Part I: ORGANIZING THE ESSAY.
1. Topic Sentence, Thesis, and Unity.
Gretel Ehrlich: Obituary . Gretel Ehrlich: About Men. Mark Twain: The Shape of the River. George Orwell: Shooting an Elephant. Peggy and Pierre Street: A well in India. Eric Sevareid: Velva, North Dakota.
2. Main and Subordinate Ideas.
Lytton Strachey: Queen Victoria at the End of Her Life. Sally Carrighar: The Blast Furnace. David Holahan: Why Did I Ever Play Football?
3. Order of Ideas.
E.B. White: In an Elevator. Leonard Kriegel: The Purpose of Lifting. Joan Didion: Marrying Absurd.
4. Beginning, Middle, and End.
Susan Allen Toth: Mountain Day. Calvin Trillin: Ben & Jerry''s.
5. Transitions.
Lewis Thomas: Communication. Mary E. Mebane: Mary.
Part II: DESCRIPTION, NARRATION, EXPOSITION.
6. Description.
John McPhee: The World''s Largest Pile of Scrap Tires. W. S. Merwin: The Buick. Mary Helen Ponce: Hoyt Street. Ronald Takaki: The Barrio.
7. Narration.
James Salter: Flying. Eudora Welty: Learning to See. Esmeralda Santiago: The American Invasion of Macún.
8. Example.
E.B. White: New York. Tom Wolfe: Thursday morning in a New York Subway Station. Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux: Discipline�To What End?
9. Classification and Division.
John Holt: Kinds of Discipline. Allan Nevins: The Newspaper. Garrison Keillor: Hoppers.
10. Definition.
Carol Bly: Monkeying. Lawrence M. Friedman: Crime. Philip Hamburger: The Sooners. Casey Miller and Kate Swift: "Manly" and "Womanly". Herbert L. Gans: The Underclass. Irving Lewis Allen: Newspapers.
11. Comparison and Contrast.
Marie Winn: Televisions and Reading. Edward Hoagland: City People and Country People. Edward T. Hall: the English and the Americans. Richard Lanham: Digital Literacy.
12. Analogy.
Loren Eiseley: What Makes a Writer. Loren Eiseley: The Cosmic Prison. Michio Kaku: The Education of a Physicist.
13. Process.
Mark Twain: Sounding. Jearl Walker: Outdoor Cooking. John Richards: How the Spider Spins Its Web.
14. Cause and Effect.
John Brooks: The Telephone. Marvin Harris: Why Nothing Works. James Trefil: The Growth of Cities.
Part III: MATTERS OF STYLE: DICTION.
15. Usage.
William Least Heat Moon: In the Land of Coca-Cola. Newsweek: Being Cool. Robert Sullivan: A Memo from Dad.
16. Tone.
Mark Singer: Osu! William Finnegan: Surfing.
17. Imagery.
Rachel Carson: The Rocky Shores.
18. Figurative Language.
Diane Ackerman: Watching a Night Launch of the Space Shuttle. George Lackoff and Mark Johnson: Time Is Money.
19. Concreteness.
Bailey White: Mortality. George Plimpton: Fireworks.
20. Euphemism and Jargon.
Perri Klass: Learning the Language. Sydney J. Harris: Nipping Clichés in the Bud. Russell Baker: Little Red Riding Hood Revisited.
Part IV: MATTERS OF STYLE: THE SENTENCE.
21. Addition and Modification.
Jane Jacobs: Hudson Street.
22. Emphasis.
Mark Twain: The Steamboatman.
23. Loose and Periodic Sentences.
John Steinbeck: The Turtle. Annie Dillard: At Tinker Creek.
24. Climax.
John Updike: My Grandmother.
25. Parallelism.
Ernesto Galarza: Boyhood on the Sacramento Barrio.
26. Antithesis.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nonviolent Resistance.
27. Length.
Lewis Thomas: On Matters of Doubt.
Part V: ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION.
28. Inductive Reasoning.
Vicki Hearne: Max into Maximilian. Edward Tenner: Revenge Theory. Richard Moran: More Police, Less Crime? Wrong. William Zinsser: The Right to Fail. Ellen Goodman: Wait a Minute. Brooks Atkinson: The Warfare in the Forest Is Not Wanton. John Henry Newman: The End of Education. Norman Cousins: Who Killed Benny Paret? Stephen L. Carter: Computer Viruses. Alan Wertheimer: Statistical Lives. Roger D. Stone: Why save Tropical Rain Forests? Herbert Hendin: Students and Drugs.
29. Deductive Reasoning.
Syndey J. Harris: Freedom and Security. H.L. Mencken: Reflections on War. Kenneth B. Clark: The Limits of Relevance. Karl L. Schilling and Karen Maitland Schilling: Final Exams Discourage Learning. William Raspberry: Who Deserves the Death Penalty?
30. Controversy.
Supreme Court Ruling on the Communications Decency Act, "Reno v. ACLU," June 26, 1997. William F. Buckley, Jr.: Internet: The Lost Fight. George F. Will: Sex, Fat, and Responsibility. Patrick D. Maines: The New Censorship. William J. Bennett and C. DeLores Tucker: Wal-Mart''s Free Choice. Joshua Micah Marshall: Will Free Speech Get Tangled in the Web. Stanley C. Brubaker: In Praise of Censorship. Mark H. Moore: Prohibition and Drugs. Alan M. Dershowitz: The Case for Medicalizing Heroin. Charles B. Rangel: Legalize Drugs?
31. Interpretation of Evidence.
I. Bernard Cohen: What Columbus "Saw". Deborah Tannen: Asymmetries. Leanne G. Rivlin: A New Look at the Homeless.
32. Methods of Persuasion.
Anna Quindlen: Homeless. Hilary De Vries: "I Think I Will Not Forget This". George F. Will: "Extreme Fighting" and the Morals of the Marketplace. N. Scott Momaday: The Morality of Indian Hating. Michael Dorris: For Indians, No Thanksgiving. Anonymous: Who Am I? Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal. Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address. Garr Wills: The Gettysburg Address. Part VI: ESSAYS ON WRITING.
Mark Twain, The Art of Composition. John Ciardi, What Every Writer Must Learn. William Zinsser, Simplicity. Walker Gibson, Stuffy Talk.
Glossary.
Index.