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St. Martin's Custom Reader - With CD-ROM

St. Martin's Custom Reader - With CD-ROM - 02 edition

St. Martin's Custom Reader - With CD-ROM - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780312399818

ISBN10: 0312399812

St. Martin
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: St. Martins Press, Inc.
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International: No
St. Martin

ISBN13: 9780312399818

ISBN10: 0312399812

Edition: 02
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Summary

The St. Martin's Custom Reader enables instructors to create their own reader -- one that truly reflects the content and goals of their courses and the interests and needs of their students. Based on the most exhaustive study ever conducted of the reading selections that have actually been taught in freshman composition (Lynn Z. Bloom's "Essay Canon" research, College English, March 1999) -- The St. Martin's Custom Reader makes available the essays that have proven most teachable for first-year writing courses. With a database of approximately 240 classic and contemporary essays, which will be updated at regular intervals, The St. Martin's Custom Reader can be created easily online at the Bedford/St. Martin's Web site.

The only custom reader based on research into what is actually taught in freshman composition. The St. Martin's Custom Reader grows directly out of Lynn Z. Bloom's "Essay Canon" research, which identified not only the essays that have been taught most often but also the qualities of those essays that account for their teachability. Beginning with the original research, which surveyed the content of every composition reader published in four or more editions between 1946 and 1996, Professor Bloom expanded that research through the present day so that The St. Martin's Custom Reader database includes not only classic classroom favorites but also essays by up-and-coming writers whose works have approached canonical status in the past five years.

Authors and essays that instructors want to teach and students want to read. Reflecting the interests and needs of today's instructors and students, the database of The St. Martin's Custom Reader, which will be updated frequently, offers approximately 240 thoroughly class-tested essays that are the best available reading selections for first-year writing students. To ensure that instructors have abundant choices, 12 outstanding and often-anthologized authors -- Judith Ortiz Cofer, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Stephen Jay Gould, George Orwell, Gary Soto, Shelby Steele, Amy Tan, Deborah Tannen, Lewis Thomas, and Henry David Thoreau -- are represented by three or more selections.

Carefully crafted headnotes that enhance the reading experience. The unusually extensive headnotes in The St. Martin's Custom Reader provide thorough biographical, historical, and cultural information about each author and selection. In addition, the headnotes include commentary, often by the authors themselves or by contemporary writers and critics, that sheds light on the authors' work.

A book that is as easy to create as it is to use. Instructors can create their custom readers online at the Bedford/St. Martin's Web site. The Web site includes an annotated listing of all the essays in the database, arranged alphabetically by author, and alternative arrangements of the essays by rhetorical strategies and by themes. A separate CD-ROM will enable instructors to preview the essays before making their choices. Each custom reader that is published will have the instructor's name and course information printed on the front cover, eliminating any possible confusion in the college bookstore.

Author Bio

Bloom, Lynn Z. : University of Connecticut


Lynn Z. Bloom is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and holder of the Aetna Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut. Previously, she taught and directed writing programs at Butler University, the University of New Mexico, and the College of William and Mary, and she chaired the English Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lynn Bloom's publications include composition studies, biography, autobiography, creative nonfiction, poetry, reviews, articles, book chapters, and textbooks. The Essay Canon, a book-length version of her 1999 journal article, will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2003.

Smith, Louise Z. : University of Massachusetts

Louise Z. Smith is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A member of the faculty there since 1974, she also served as the Director of Freshman English, Director of the Tutoring Program, and Director, Core Curriculum. In addition to the many articles and book chapters she has written for publication, Louise Smith was the editor of College English from 1991 to 1999, and she remains a member of its editorial advisory board.