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The Bedford Reader Paperback – Oct 1 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 5 edition (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312086377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312086374
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,009,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A college instructor's perspective... Aug. 6 2007
By D. C. Elsbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an English instructor at a community college, this collection as a text for essay writing offers great appeal with its diversity in voices, cultures, topics, and points of view (though the explanation of POV needs greater scope). In addition to the writer's bio before each story, one of my favorite features is the writer's shared insights afterward about his or her story, writing process, personal background, or career development (students enjoy this feature, too); and, there are discussion questions with "Suggested Journaling ideas," and suggestions for rewriting "Journals into Essays," that help students who always ask "What do I write about?" Story length as reading assignments are manageable for time-crunched, back-to-schoolers with already-full plates--juggling jobs, kids, and classes--and little time for 400-page novels. It may not be my text of choice for teaching argument and research, but as an introduction, it works.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Best I've Ever Seen Jan. 28 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was required to get this book for an Intermediate Composition course in college and it has to be the best college textbook I have ever had. First there is a wide variety of stories to choose from and at least one will appeal to everyone. Even though it is a educational textbook I still read it in my leisure time, as well.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Each work demands the reader's attention in its own way. Jan. 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My high school English class analyzes two essays from the book every grading period. I have seldom had an assignment that I enjoy so much; after analyzing the first essay assigned (Homeless), I sat back to think about what the writer had expressed. The essays are thought provoking and demand attention. The Bedford Reader is a book that I would recommend for the sheer enjoyment of exploring one's own mind and escaping to the world of another's.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Power of the Essay Aug. 3 2005
By John Alter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Bedford Reader provides the teacher of writing with a powerful tool. Provocative, interesting, varied essays are presented within a coherent framework of rhetorical strategies.

I have used it with 9th and 10th graders, but will use it with older students as well. If your concern is with rhetoric, if you want to teach your students to think and write effectively, this is a great resource.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent essays to read Dec 9 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My college uses this book for English Comp and Rhetoric. It is an excellent reference book, and I really enjoyed the essays. The essays in this book and questions really get you thinking and using your mind. EXCELLENT