They’re designed for college, but some prep schools and high schools use them too. BOOKS FOR THE STUDY OF LITERATURE (all published by Pearson / Longman): Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. Thirteenth edition, hardcover, 2015. Still the most widely adopted college literature book in print. Its long-awaited e-book edition is now available, containing twice as much material as the print edition, live interviews with authors, and clickable study aids. See http://www.pearsonhighered.com/showcase/literaturecollection.
For easy handling, the book is also available as four separate paperbacks, boxed, as Literature, Portable Edition. There is also Backpack Literature, a compact paperback, and Compact and Compact Interactive editions.
Literature for Life, by X.J. Kennedy, Dana Gioia, and Nina Revoyr. First edition, paperbound, 2013. Organized by theme, this handsomely designed new 1,451-page collection includes both old favorites and fresh surprises.
An Introduction to Poetry by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. Thirteenth edition, paperback, 2010.
An Introduction to Fiction by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. Eleventh edition, paperback, 2010.
Handbook of Literary Terms by XJK, Dana Gioia, and Mark Bauerlein. Second edition, paperback, 2009. A trade paperback version, available in bookstores, is called The Longman Dictionary of Literary Terms (2006).
For details on these books, please visit the Longman website:
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BOOKS TO START STUDENTS WRITING (all published by Bedford / St. Martin’s):
NEW! Writing and Revising: A Portable Guide by X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Marcia F. Muth. Paperback, 2007.
The Bedford Reader by X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, Jane E. Aaron, and Ellen Kuhl Repetto. Twelfth edition, 2014. The most widely used college reader today, with stimulating essays by writers including Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Michael Chabon, Russell Baker, George Orwell, Barbara Kingsolver, Sherman Alexie, E. B. White, and many more. Organized by methods of writing, but lends itself to new theories of composition.
There is also The Brief Bedford Reader, which has fewer essays, but all same student aids and editorial material.
The Bedford Guide for College Writers by X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Marcia F. Muth. Ninth edition, 2012.
This popular guide to better writing is available in a choice of three editions: (1) with reader, research manual, and handbook, in both hardcover and paperback formats; (2) with reader, in paperback; (3) with reader and research manual, in paperback.
For details on these books, please visit the Bedford / St. Martins website: