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Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing (4th Edition)
by:X. J. Kennedy, Dana Gioia
A concise compilation of some of the most popular literature throughout history, Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing is the ideal student companion and is definitely more compact and user friendly than its bigger encyclopedic predecessors. This backpack edition showcases Kennedy and Gioia's friendly style and...
A concise compilation of some of the most popular literature throughout history, Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing is the ideal student companion and is definitely more compact and user friendly than its bigger encyclopedic predecessors. This backpack edition showcases Kennedy and Gioia's friendly style and relatable perspective, helping students develop more interest not only in reading literature, but in fully grasping their meanings and showcasing their creativity through writing as well. Additional selections have been included in this 4th edition, aiming to encourage students to gain better understanding of more genres. Among the newest materials include Sure Thing by David Ives and Beauty by Jane Martin, both of which are one-act comedies. Even though it is concise, Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing (4th Edition) - ISBN 9780205151660 is in-depth and insightful. Authors Kennedy and Gioia discuss topics such as fiction, POV, and major elements of a story. There is also a thorough explanation of other literary elements like tone and style, theme, and symbolism. They dedicate a chapter to readings and stories as well as poetry, and offer discussions of poetic elements like the tone and voice, words, imagery, figures of speech, rhythm, etc. There are also sections on myths and narratives, drama and theatre, and writing. Most chapters end with a 'writing effectively' section, along with terms for review and assignments. Co-authors X.J, Kennedy and Dana Gioia are accomplished professors and poets. Kennedy has authored a number of literature compilations, including his own poetry collection entitled, Nude Descending Staircase, which was published in 1961. Gioia has likewise published several poetry collections, including The Gods of Winter, Daily Horoscope, and Interrogations at Noon.
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