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Textbooks for both Summer and Academic Year 2017 Courses

Courses in Literature
 
Looking at Middle-earth • [2017] Bruce McMenomy
  Required The Hobbit: or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien
  Required The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien

Any edition will suffice.
  Optional The Silmarillion
J. R. R. Tolkien

Not required, but the next logical step after reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Summer Shakespeare III • [2017] Bruce McMenomy
  Required Cymbeline
William Shakespeare

Please be sure to get this edition.
  Required Henry VIII
William Shakespeare

Please be sure to get this edition
  Required King John
William Shakespeare

Please be sure to get this edition.
  Required Othello
William Shakespeare

Please be sure to get this edition.
  Required Pericles, Prince of Tyre
William Shakespeare

Please get this edition.
  Required Timon of Athens
William Shakespeare

Please be sure to get this edition.
  Required Titus Andronicus
William Shakespeare

Please be sure to get this edition.
  Required Troilus and Cressida
William Shakespeare

Please be sure to get this edition.
  Required Two Gentlemen of Verona
William Shakespeare

Please be sure to get this edition

The Thought Plickens: Learning to Think Critically • [2017] Alexandra E. Dascalu
  Required Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll Publisher: Norton Critical Edition

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome Publisher: David R. Godine Publishing

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain Publisher: Penguin Classics

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required The Jungle Books
Rudyard Kipling Publisher: Oxford World Classics

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required The Prince and the Pauper
Mark Twain Publisher: Penguin Classics

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required The Princess and Curdie
George MacDonald Publisher: Create Space Publishing

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Elizabeth George Speare Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson Publisher: Modern Library Classics

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
  Required Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame Publisher: Modern Library

If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.

Western Literature to Dante • [2017] Bruce McMenomy
  Required Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature
Erich Auerbach, Willard R. Trask (tr.)
  Required Ten Greek Plays in Contemporary Translations
Levy Lind

Please use this edition for the plays it includes; other translations will cause confusion in class.
  Required The Aeneid (Penguin Classics)
Virgil, David West

Please do not resort to other translations; they tend to cause confusion in class.
  Required The Consolation of Philosophy
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius, tr. Victor Watts
  Required The Holy Bible: New International Translation
Various, NIV Commission (tr.)

You need some translation of the Bible for this course, preferably a reasonably modern one; it need not be this edition or this translation. I value the New International Version for its literal accuracy, though its language tends to be rather stiff and sometime slanted; the King James Version, while beautiful and a work of genius in its day, is laden with numerous pitfalls for the modern reader. The Revised Standard Version is reasonably sound, if you can get it; the New Revised Standard Version is riddled with politically motivated compromises of every sort.
  Required The Iliad (Penguin Classics)
Homer, Robert Fagles

Please do not resort to other translations; doing so makes referring to pages impossible, and creates unnecessary storms of opinion relating to translated forms. You may get any other edition of the Fagles translation required, though.
  Required The Nibelungenlied: Prose Translation
Anonymous, A. T. Hatto (tr.)

Please do not resort to other translations of this work; they tend to create confusions in class.
  Required The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)
Homer, D. C. H. Rieu, Peter V. Jones, E. V. Rieu

Please do not resort to other translations; they are likely to create confusion in class.
  Required The Portable Dante
Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa (tr.)

Please do not resort to other translations of this: it tends to create confusion in class. In addition, many other translations of Dante's Divine Comedy are very stilted and awkward, creating tonal and dictional problems of their own.
  Required The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics)
Anonymous, Jesse L. Byock

Please do not resort to other translations if possible: it tends to create confusion in class. (The translation by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson is very archaic in diction and hence quite difficult for many students to read.)
  Required The Song of Roland (Penguin Classics)
Anonymous, Glyn S. Burgess (tr.)

Please do not resort to other translations if possible; they tend to cause confusions in class.
  Required Western Literature to Dante: A Parents' Guide
Bruce A. McMenomy

This is a handbook I have prepared for parents who have enrolled for the course, or who are considering it. It gives a complete rundown of course elements, pedagogical goals, study techniques, and background material on each unit to help parents evaluate the course's suitability or to guide their children through it.
  Optional Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
Edith Hamilton

Not required, but encouraged for those who have no background in mythology: have this read over the summer.
  Optional The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (Dover Storybooks for Children)
Howard Pyle

Not required, but students who have no background in the Arthurian tales may benefit from reading this through before the second half of the course.

English Literature • [2017] Bruce McMenomy
  Required England in Literature (Macbeth Edition)
Helen McDonnell, John Pfordresher, Gladys Veidemanis

If you cannot secure the Macbeth edition, the Hamlet edition is acceptable as well - merely make sure that you also have the optional Folger version of Macbeth listed below. That accounts for the only differences between the two volumes.

This book is now out of print, as Scott, Foresman has been assimilated by Prentice-Hall. Used copies are available.

  Required Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare

Please use this edition only. Unannotated editions of Shakespeare usually spell disaster for student comprehension, while using different texts (which often vary substantively) will merely create confusion in class.
  Required Richard III (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare

Please use this edition. Other editions are not acceptable for various reasons: chief among them the fact that unannotated texts tend to be impenetrable for the younger student.
  Optional A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics)
Charles Dickens

This or Great Expectations is required for the class. You do not need to acquire both, though you may. Any unabridged version of the novel will suffice.
  Optional England in Literature (Hamlet Edition)
Helen McDonnell, John Pfordresher, Gladys Veidemanis

NOTE: This is presented as an alternative if you cannot find the Macbeth edition. It is not otherwise needed. If you get this volume rather than the Macbeth edition, please ALSO secure the Folger Library Macbeth given as optional below.
  Optional Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus (Penguin Classics)
Mary Shelley

You may use any complete text of this book you have available. You should get either this or Pride and Prejudice, though you may read both.
  Optional Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)
Charles Dickens

This or A Tale of Two Cities is required for the class. You need not get both, though of course you may. Any unabridged edition is sufficient.
  Optional Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare

NOTE: Not normally required. This is offered as an alternative for those who buy the Hamlet Edition of the textbook. If you have the Macbeth Edition, it is not necessary.
  Optional Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
Jane Austen

This or Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is required for the class; you need not get both (though you are free to do so).

American Literature • [2017] Bruce McMenomy
  Required A Man for All Seasons (Vintage International)
Robert Bolt

You may use any complete text edition of this play.
  Required Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Norton Critical Edition)
Mark Twain, Thomas Cooley

Please do not substitute another edition for this one. We will be using critical materials unique to this edition for class.
  Required Moby-Dick (Norton Critical Editions)
Herman Melville, Hershel Parker (Editor), Harrison Hayford (Editor)

Please do not substitute any other edition. We will be using the special critical material unique to this volume, unavailable in other editions.
  Required The Crucible (Penguin Classics)
Arthur Miller, Christopher Bigsby

You may use any complete edition of this play.
  Required The Old Man and The Sea
Ernest Hemingway

You may use any available copy of this book.
  Required The Red Badge of Courage (Norton Critical Editions)
Stephen Crane, Donald Pizer (Editor)

Please do not substitute another edition for this one. We will be using the unique materials available in this particular edition for class.
  Required The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings (Norton Critical Editions)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Leland S. Person

Please do not substitute another edition of this book. We will be using the unique critical material in this volume, unavailable in other editions.
  Required The United States in Literature (Three Long Stories)
James E. Miller Jr., Kerry M. Wood, Carlota Cardenas de Dwyer

Please get this edition. If you cannot find the Three Long Stories edition, the other one will do, but you will need to track down those three stories in some other format.

Senior English (Literature) • [2017] Bruce McMenomy
  Required An Experiment in Criticism
C. S. Lewis
  Required Anton Chekhov's Selected Plays (Norton Critical Editions)
Anton Chekhov, Laurence Senelick (Translator)

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Required Billy Budd and Other Tales
Hermann Melville, Joyce Carol Oates
  Required Copenhagen
Michael Frayn
  Required Emma (Norton Critical Edition)
Jane Austen

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Required Ethan Frome: Authoritative Text Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
Edith Wharton, Kristin O. Lauer, Cynthia Griffin Wolff

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Required Fathers and Children (Norton Critical Edition)
Ivan Turgenev, ed. Michael R. Katz

It is essential to get this edition of the book. Other versions are not going to provide the correct critical material for our class discussions.
  Required Hamlet: An Authoritative Text, Intellectual Backgrounds, Extracts from the Sources, Essays in Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
William Shakespeare

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Required Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
Joseph Conrad, Ross Murfin (Editor)

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Required Henry IV, Part 2 (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials for various class activities.
  Required Henry IV, Part I (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials for various class activities.
  Required Henry V (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials for various class activities.
  Required Ibsen's Selected Plays (Norton Critical Editions)
Henrik Ibsen, Brian Johnston (Editor)

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Required Iphigenia; Phaedra; Athaliah (Penguin Classics)
Jean Baptiste Racine

Any complete text of this play in a reasonable translation will suffice.
  Required Measure for Measure (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare
  Required Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry
Thomas R. Arp, Greg Johnson

It is imperative that you get and use this edition only. It is signficantly changed from previous editions.
  Required Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Tom Stoppard

Any complete edition of this play will suffice.
  Required Ten Greek Plays in Contemporary Translations
Levy Lind (ed.)
  Required The Cid, Cinna, The Theatrical Illusion (Penguin Classics)
Pierre Corneille, John Cairncross

Any complete edition of this play will suffice.
  Required The Complete Greek Tragedies: Euripides I
David Grene (Editor), Richmond Lattimore (Editor)
  Required The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
  Required The House of the Seven Gables (Norton Critical Edition)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert S. Levine (Editor)

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Required The Life of the Drama
Eric Bentley
  Required The Misanthrope and Other Plays (Signet Classics)
Jean-Baptiste Moliere, Donald M. Frame

Any complete edition of the play will suffice.
  Required The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro
  Required The Rhetoric of Fiction
Wayne C. Booth

A reasonable search online or through Amazon’s secondary dealers can often turn up inexpensive used copies of this volume.
  Required The Sorrows of Young Werther (Penguin Classics)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Michael Hulse (Translator)
  Required The Waste Land (Norton Critical Editions)
T. S. Eliot, Michael North (Editor)

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Required Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
C. S. Lewis
  Required War and Peace (Signet Classics)
Leo Tolstoy, Ann Dunnigan (tr.)

Any complete version will suffice, but I strongly recommend the Dunnigan version for readability.
  Required Wuthering Heights (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
Emily Bronte, Linda H. Peterson

Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
  Optional 100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses
Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries

Highly recommended for writing guidance on questions of usage. Not strictly required.


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