The Short Prose Reader

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Now in its Ninth Edition, The Short Prose Reader is a superb rhetorically organized collection of high-interest, brief essays (no more than 3 pages each) combined with extensive support for reading and writing, including focused, step-by-step suggestions for writing essays on topics suggested by the readings.

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Fifteen New Essays: Including authors such as Vivian Gornick, Robert C. Ritchie, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Molly Ivins.
Brief and Current: The lively selections address topics such as childhood and the family, men and women, the minority experience, and language and thought.
Apparatus: Each reading is supported by prereading questions, vocabulary help, critical thinking questions, and a unique Ideas for Writing section that gives students specific, step-by-step suggestions for prewriting and drafting an essay on a topic suggested by the reading as well as questions to consider when commenting on their classmates' essays.
Introduction to the Writing Process: Chapter 1 offers a sample student essay that evolves from prewriting to the final draft and four lively professional essays on the topic of writing.
Critical Reading: Chapter 2 includes guidelines for critical reading, an annotated professional essay, and essays that celebrate the experience of reading, including One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty and Prison Studies by Malcolm X.
Contemporaries and Classics: Two sections in Chapter 12, Prose for Further Reading, offer widely taught classic essays, including The Allegory of the Cave by Plato and I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., along with six modern essays by such distinguished contemporary author as Annie Dillard, Scott Russell Sanders, and Jamaica Kincaid.

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Gilbert H. Muller, who received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University, is currently professor of English and Special Assistant to the President at the LaGuardia campus of the City University of New York. He has also taught at Stanford University, Vassar College, and several universities overseas. Dr. Muller is the author of the award-winning Nightmares and Visions: Flannery OíConnor and the Catholic Grotesque, Chester Himes , and other critical studies. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, The Sewanee Review, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He is also a noted author and editor of textbooks in English and composition, including The Short Prose Reader with Harvey Wiener, and with John A Williams, The McGraw-Hill Introduction to Literature, Bridges: Literature across Cultures, and Ways In: Reading and Writing about Literature. Among Dr. Mullerís awards are National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship.

Harvey S. Wiener is currently affiliated with Marymount Manhattan College after serving as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Adelphi University. Previously University Dean for Academic Affairs, the City University of New York, he was founding president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Dr. Wiener is the author of many books on reading and writing for college students and their teachers, including The Writing Room (Oxford, 1981). He is co-author of The McGraw-Hill College Handbook, a reference grammar and rhetoric text. Dr. Wiener has chaired the Teaching of Writing Division of the Modern Language Association (1987). He has taught writing at every level of education from elementary school to graduate school. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brooklyn College, he holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature. Dr. Wiener has won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and the Exxon Education Foundation.

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