Bedford Reader 2009

ISBN-10: 0312472072

ISBN-13: 9780312472078

Edition: 10th 2011

Authors: X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, Jane E. Aaron

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A compact version of one of the most widely adopted composition readers of all time -- at a significant savings to students -- "The Brief Bedford Reader "continues to engage and inspire with 50 remarkable selections, all the outstanding instructional material of the full-length text, and a unique "Writers on Writing" feature in which 32 of the book's writers comment on their process and their work. Thorough coverage of critical reading, effective writing, and working with sources guides students, now more than ever, through their own academic writing. And an exciting visual dimension shows that rhetorical methods apply to both images and text. " The Brief Bedford Reader "is a favorite of students for the Kennedys' clarity and wit, of instructors for the flexible and realistic view of the rhetorical methods, and of both for the superior selections and perceptive commentaries by writers worth reading.
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List price: $46.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 3/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

Widely anthologized, Kennedy's poetry may not be as influential among contemporary poets as others' because of his preference for, in his words, "old-fangled structures most poets have junked these days." As Kennedy's comments on his verse suggest, his poetry is witty, concise, and unpretentious. His subject matter is drawn from the everyday including his Catholic background and middle-class suburban life. Yet his concerns can be profound including death, violence, suicide, and Genesis.

Preface for Instructors
Thematic Table of Contents
Why Read? Why Write? Why Not Phone?
Using the Bedford Reader
Reading, Writing, and Research
Critical Reading
Reading an Essay
Thinking Critically about Visual Images
Visual Image: A Deployed Soldier and His Daughter, photograph by Erik S. Lesser
The Writing Process
Analyzing the Writing Situation
Discovering Ideas
Focusing on the Thesis and the Thesis Statement
Revising and Editing
An Essay-in-Progress
Mental Illness on Television
Academic Writing
Responding to A Text
Integrating Source Material
Writing from Research
Avoiding Plagiarism
Source Citation Using MLA Style
Sample Research Paper
The Best Kept Secret on Campus
The Methods
Narration: Telling a Story
Visual Image: How Joe's Body Brought Him Fame Instead of Shame, advertisement for Charles Atlas
The Method
The Process
Narration in Paragraphs
Narration in Practice: Reporting a car accident
Paired Selections [Angelou and Tan] Difference
Champion of the World
Maya Angelou on Writing
Fish Cheeks
Amy Tan on Writing
The Chase
Annie Dillard on Writing
Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys
Additional Writing Topics
Description: Writing With Your Senses
Visual Image: Doug and Mizan's House, East River, photograph by Margaret Morton
The Method
The Process
Description in Paragraphs
Description in Practice: Advertising an apartment for sublet
Paired Selections [Manning and Vowell] Fathers
Arm Wrestling with My Father
Brad Manning on Writing
Shooting Dad
Sarah Vowell on Writing
Orange Crush
Yiyun Li on Writing
My Face
Robert Benchley on Writing
Additional Writing Topics
Example: Pointing to Instances
Visual Image: Low-Energy Drinks, cartoon by Glen LeLievre
The Method
The Process
Examples in Paragraphs
Examples in Practice: Writing a cover letter for a job application
Paired Selections [Ascher and Quindlen] Homelessness
On Compassion
Barbara Lazear Ascher on Writing
Anna Quindlen on Writing
Celebrating the Pity of Brotherly Love
Andrew Koritz Krull on Writing
Black Men and Public Space
Brent Staples on Writing
Additional Writing Topics
Comparison and Contrast: Setting Things Side by Side
Visual Images: American Gothic, painting by Grant Wood; Rural Rehabilitation Client, photograph by Ben Shahn
The Method
The Process
Comparison and Contrast in Paragraphs
Comparison and Contrast in Practice: Creating a campaign poster
Paired Selections [Britt and Barry] Personalities
Neat People vs. Sloppy People
Suzanne Britt on Writing
Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out
Dave Barry on Writing
Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Bruce Catton on Writing
Size 6: The Western Women's Harem
Additional Writing Topics
Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step
Visual Image: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNamee
The Method
The Process
Process Analysis in Paragraphs
Process Analysis in Practice: Explaining a fire-drill procedure
Paired Selections [Saukko and Ehrlich] The Environment
How to Poison the Earth
Linnea Saukko on Writing
Chronicles of Ice
Gretel Ehrlich on Writing
How to Operate a Shower Curtain
Ian Frazier on Writing
Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain
Jessica Mitford on Writing
Additional Writing Topics
Division or Analysis: Slicing into Parts
Visual Image: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast
The Method
The Process
Division or Analysis in Paragraphs
Division or Analysis in Practice: Writing an application essay
Paired Selections [Brady and Brott] Women and Men
I Want a Wife
Not All Men are Sly Foxes
The Myth of Doomed Kids
Bella DePaulo on Writing
The Capricious Camera
Visual Image: Mounted Nazi Troops on the Lookout for Likely Polish Children, photograph
Additional Writing Topics
Classification: Sorting into Kinds
Visual Image: The More They Learn, the More They Earn, graph from State Farm Bank
The Method
The Process
Classification in Paragraphs
Classification in Practice: Crafting a r�©sum��
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