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Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Interactive Edition (11th Edition) Hardcover – Jul 7 2009


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What has a list price of $93 and comes complete with poor materials? This book. Jan. 9 2013
By Stephen M. Lerch - Published on Amazon.com
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To review the content, I would actually give this book 5 stars. The problem is, the Amazon star rating doesn't give one the ability to rate different aspects, just the entire package. And as an entire package, this release is no better than 3 stars.

In terms of the content, they've pulled together a ton of different literature, written about the history and other aspects of the literature and included critical writing of some of the literature as well. This really breaks down the process of critiquing literature and everything is well written and well compiled. While most will purchase this for college courses, I'm finding I actually don't mind reading the stories on their own... though you definitely wouldn't buy this just for that!

Where the book falls apart, almost literally, is in workmanship and materials. The paper stock used is EXTREMELY thin paper. So thin, in fact, that text from the next page bleeds into it, making some of the pages difficult to read. I would compare it to toilet paper, but that's probably grading the paper too highly. At best it feels a little heavier than tracing paper. No, really.

I cannot fathom how, with good conscience, a publishing house could release such a shoddy piece of work and charge $90 MSRP for it. The only thing I can imagine is that they have decided to milk as much money as possible from "text books." We know college books are overpriced, but must they also be the cheapest in terms of workmanship? The answer is, no, as I've paid less for St. Martin's Guide to Writing, also softcover version, and the paper and quality is much higher than this release, with a similar page count.

As another reviewer commented, if you want to trade this book in, you will need to treat it with respect and as if it is solid gold. Don't put it in your backpack or in your school bag, as you will almost certainly damage it. Carry it with care.

Absolutely ridiculous that a publisher would put this out in this way.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Great Textbook Revisited. July 5 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was my favorite textbook in college, thirty five years ago. It is a good reference book and is great reading on its own. I lost my original copy awhile ago and miss it. So, at sixty years old I find myself ordering a textbook. I'm sure I can still glean much knowledge and entertainment from its many pages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bought it for class but ended up enjoying it. May 14 2012
By Epiales "Your Worst Nightmare" - Published on Amazon.com
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I rarely ever like any book the school require me to buy, but this book is an exception. The only problem I have with this book is the price. $109 slash down to $89 is still a little steep for students. Textbook should not be more than $50 bucks, said the poor college student.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great way to dive into Literature Jan. 23 2013
By Brian Bowers - Published on Amazon.com
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Full of great stories and very easy to learn from. I strongly suggest implementing this textbook more often. However I have found that the MyLiteratureLab that comes with the book is rarely used in the academic setting and the e-text with the software is for the first edition when obviously this textbook is for the sixth edition
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A lot of content Sept. 24 2013
By Kelly Osborne - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains a lot of content related to short stories, poetry and drama. Due to the size, the pages are very thin and sometimes it is hard to find things quickly when the pages are so thin. (No fault of Amazon's). I recieved the book when expected, however, the front cover had a tear in the right upper corner. The first few pages are kind of crumpled down due to the front cover tear. There were no markings or highlighting in the book that I have come across. I have always been impressed with the Amazon service and that is why I am a repeat customer.


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