Reading * Wide and well-balanced range of classic and contemporary literature includes 62 stories (21 new), 417 poems (100 new), and 22 plays (4 new) by major authors inside and outside the literary canon. * The best in-depth coverage of selected major authors: Once again, chapters in each genre section provide the option of more intensive study of selected authors. Collections of multiple works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Munro (new), Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sophocles, and Shakespeare include biographical and critical information, chronologies, a wide range of secondary materials, questions for writing and discussion, and complementary critical readings. * Albums of contemporary and world literature showcase the work of celebrated authors, such as Tobias Wolff, Bessie Head, Martin Espada, Anna Akhmatova, and Brian Friel, who are not frequently anthologized. All selections are accompanied by background information and by questions linking them with more familiar literature. * The most comprehensive drama section in an introduction to literature again offers 22 plays, 4 of them new, with the best selection of contemporary plays. In addition to many classic works of drama and in-depth treatment of Sophocles and Shakespeare, the fifth edition features a Critical Case Study on Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House, a Cultural Case Study on David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, expanded albums of contemporary and world drama, and a new sampling of photographs featuring plays in performance. Thinking * 149 Perspectives (27 new) throughout the book, including criticism, interviews, images, and biography, offer discussion and writing topics as well as models of various critical approaches. * The most sensible and useful coverage of literary theory introduces students to 9 contemporary theoretical approaches, now including discussion of cultural and gender studies. A Critical Case Study for each genre, on ''Barn Burning,'' ''The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,'' and A Doll House, further illustrates contemporary theoretical approaches with 4 analyses of each work. In addition, a new Cultural Case Study for each genre focuses students on cultural criticism. * Two Complementary Critical Readings for each author treated in depth illustrate how different approaches can be applied to a single work. Questions accompanying these readings guide students in analyzing the assumptions behind a particular approach. * A Glossary of Literary Terms provides thorough explanations of more than 200 terms central to the study of literature. Writing * Writing material integrated throughout the book includes five chapters, three on genre, specific writing, that cover every step of the writing process and offer advice on many different kinds of assignments. In addition, Questions for Writing units offer advice on using research, writing about an author covered in depth, and applying a critical approach. * 12 sample student papers illustrate the topics covered in these chapters and offer concrete models for a wide range of assignments. * Questions and assignments more than 2,000 occasions for writing accompany the selections. * Quick-reference chart of all the writing about literature features is provided on the inside front cover to make writing advice easy to locate.