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Textbooks for both Summer and Academic Year 2019 Courses

Courses in Literature
 
Looking at Middle-earth • [2019] Bruce McMenomy
  Required The Hobbit: or There and Back Again [Any edition]
J. R. R. Tolkien
  Required The Lord of the Rings [Any edition]
J. R. R. Tolkien

Notes:
Any edition will suffice.

  Optional The Silmarillion [Any edition]
J. R. R. Tolkien

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


Summer Shakespeare II • [2019] Bruce McMenomy
  Required All’s Well That Ends Well [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare’s texts that resorting to different editions in class tends to create confusion.

  Required Antony and Cleopatra [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare’s texts that resorting to different editions in class tends to create confusion.

  Required Coriolanus [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare’s texts that resorting to different editions in class tends to create confusion.

  Required Henry VI, Part 1 [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare texts that we need to have a standardized text to which to refer.

  Required Henry VI, Part 2 [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare texts that we need to have a standardized text to which to refer.

  Required Henry VI, Part 3 [Any edition]
William Shakespeare
  Required Love’s Labour’s Lost [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare’s texts that resorting to different editions in class tends to create confusion.

  Required The Comedy of Errors [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare’s texts that resorting to different editions in class tends to create confusion.

  Required The Merry Wives of Windsor [Any edition]
William Shakesepeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare’s texts that resorting to different editions in class tends to create confusion.

  Required The Winter’s Tale [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please use this edition only — there is enough variation in Shakespeare’s texts that resorting to different editions in class tends to create confusion.


The Thought Plickens: Learning to Think Critically • [2019] Alexandra Dascalu Nelson
  Required The Jungle Books [Any edition]
Rudyard Kipling Publisher: Oxford World Classics

Notes:
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 [Any edition]
Elizabeth George Speare Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Notes:
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.

  Optional Alice in Wonderland [Edition required: 3]
Lewis Carroll Publisher: Norton Critical Edition

Notes:
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.

  Optional Anne of Green Gables [Any edition]
L.M. Montgomery Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell

Notes:
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.

  Optional Ender's Game [Any edition]
Orson Scott Card

Notes:
This book will be assigned based on the students reading level and age.

  Optional The Adventures of Tom Sawyer [Any edition]
Mark Twain Publisher: Penguin Classics

Notes:
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.

  Optional The Prince and the Pauper [Any edition]
Mark Twain Publisher: Penguin Classics

Notes:
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.

  Optional The Princess and Curdie [Any edition]
George MacDonald Publisher: Create Space Publishing

Notes:
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.

  Optional Treasure Island [Any edition]
Robert Louis Stevenson Publisher: Modern Library Classics

Notes:
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.

  Optional Wind in the Willows [Any edition]
Kenneth Grahame Publisher: Modern Library

Notes:
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.


Fairy Tales, Myths and Folklore • [2019] Alexandra Dascalu Nelson
  Required Mythology [Any edition]
by Edith Hamilton
  Optional A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) [Any edition]
Various Authors

Notes:
The Textbook is OPTIONAL as online links to the assigned reading or a PDF version will be provided as well.

  Optional The Complete Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen (Wordsworth Special Editions) [Any edition]
Hans Christian Andersen

Notes:
The Textbook is OPTIONAL as online links to the assigned reading or a PDF version will be provided as well.

  Optional The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm All-New Third Edition [Edition required: 3]
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Notes:
The Textbook is OPTIONAL as online links to the assigned reading or a PDF version will be provided as well.


Western Literature to Dante • [2019] Bruce McMenomy
  Required Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature [Any edition]
Erich Auerbach, Willard R. Trask (tr.)
  Required Ten Greek Plays in Contemporary Translations [Any edition]
Levy Lind

Notes:
Please use this edition for the plays it includes; other translations will cause confusion in class.

  Required The Aeneid (Penguin Classics) [Any edition]
Virgil, David West

Notes:
Please do not resort to other translations; they tend to cause confusion in class.

  Required The Consolation of Philosophy [Edition required: 2]
Anicius Manlius Severinus Bo√ęthius, tr. Victor Watts
  Required The Holy Bible: New International Translation [Any edition]
Various, NIV Commission (tr.)

Notes:
You need some translation of the Bible for this course, preferably a reasonably modern one; it need not be this edition or even 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. Other options would be the Jerusalem Bible or the New English Bible.

  Required The Iliad (Penguin Classics) [Any edition]
Homer, Robert Fagles

Notes:
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 [Any edition]
Anonymous, A. T. Hatto (tr.)

Notes:
Please do not resort to other translations of this work; they tend to create confusions in class.

  Required The Odyssey (Penguin Classics) [Any edition]
Homer, D. C. H. Rieu, Peter V. Jones, E. V. Rieu

Notes:
Please do not resort to other translations; they are likely to create confusion in class.

  Required The Portable Dante [Any edition]
Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa (tr.)

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Anonymous, Jesse L. Byock

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Anonymous, Glyn S. Burgess (tr.)

Notes:
Please do not resort to other translations if possible; they tend to cause confusions in class.

  Required Western Literature to Dante: A Parents' Guide [Edition required: 3]
Bruce A. McMenomy

Notes:
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 [Any edition]
Edith Hamilton

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Howard Pyle

Notes:
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 • [2019] Bruce McMenomy
  Required England in Literature (Macbeth Edition) [Any edition]
Helen McDonnell, John Pfordresher, Gladys Veidemanis

Notes:

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) [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Charles Dickens

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Helen McDonnell, John Pfordresher, Gladys Veidemanis

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Mary Shelley

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Charles Dickens

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Jane Austen

Notes:
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 • [2019] Bruce McMenomy
  Required A Man for All Seasons (Vintage International) [Any edition]
Robert Bolt

Notes:
You may use any complete text edition of this play.

  Required Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Norton Critical Edition) [Edition required: 3]
Mark Twain, Thomas Cooley

Notes:
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) [Edition required: 3]
Herman Melville, Hershel Parker (Editor)

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Arthur Miller, Christopher Bigsby

Notes:
You may use any complete edition of this play.

  Required The Old Man and The Sea [Any edition]
Ernest Hemingway

Notes:
You may use any available copy of this book.

  Required The Red Badge of Courage (Norton Critical Editions) [Edition required: 4]
Stephen Crane, Eric Carl Link (Editor), Donald Pizer (Editor)

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Leland S. Person

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
James E. Miller Jr., Kerry M. Wood, Carlota Cardenas de Dwyer

Notes:
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) • [2019] Bruce McMenomy
  Required An Experiment in Criticism [Any edition]
C. S. Lewis

Notes:
Any edition of this book will do.

  Required Anton Chekhov's Selected Plays (Norton Critical Editions) [Edition required: 2]
Anton Chekhov, Laurence Senelick (Translator)

Notes:
Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities. Cited in some places as "Second revised edition"

  Required Billy Budd and Other Tales [Any edition]
Hermann Melville, Joyce Carol Oates
  Required Copenhagen [Any edition]
Michael Frayn
  Required Emma (Norton Critical Edition) [Edition required: 4]
Jane Austen

Notes:
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) [Edition required: 1]
Edith Wharton, Kristin O. Lauer, Cynthia Griffin Wolff

Notes:
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) [Edition required: 2]
Ivan Turgenev, ed. Michael R. Katz

Notes:
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) [Edition required: 2]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities. For reasons passing understanding, it's not billed as the second edition, but as the New Edition. That's still the one we want, though.

  Required Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) [Edition required: 3]
Joseph Conrad, Ross Murfin (Editor)

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials for various class activities.

  Required Henry V (Folger Shakespeare Library) [Any edition]
William Shakespeare

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Henrik Ibsen, Brian Johnston (Editor)

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Jean Baptiste Racine

Notes:
Any complete text of this play in a reasonable translation will suffice.

  Required Measure for Measure (Folger Shakespeare Library) [Any edition]
William Shakespeare
  Required Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry [Edition required: 15]
Thomas R. Arp, Greg Johnson

Notes:
It is imperative that you get and use this edition only. It is signficantly changed from previous editions.

  Required Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Anniversary Edition) [Any edition]
Tom Stoppard

Notes:
Any complete edition of this play will suffice.

  Required Ten Greek Plays in Contemporary Translations [Any edition]
Levy Lind (ed.)
  Required The Cid, Cinna, The Theatrical Illusion (Penguin Classics) [Any edition]
Pierre Corneille, John Cairncross

Notes:
Any complete edition of this play will suffice.

  Required The Complete Greek Tragedies: Euripides I [Any edition]
David Grene (Editor), Richmond Lattimore (Editor)
  Required The Great Gatsby [Any edition]
F. Scott Fitzgerald
  Required The House of the Seven Gables (Norton Critical Edition) [Edition required: 2]
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert S. Levine (Editor)

Notes:
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 [Any edition]
Eric Bentley
  Required The Misanthrope and Other Plays (Signet Classics) [Any edition]
Jean-Baptiste Moliere, Donald M. Frame

Notes:
Any complete edition of the play will suffice.

  Required The Remains of the Day [Any edition]
Kazuo Ishiguro
  Required The Rhetoric of Fiction [Edition required: 2]
Wayne C. Booth

Notes:
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) [Any edition]
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Michael Hulse (Translator)
  Required The Waste Land (Norton Critical Editions) [Edition required: 1]
T. S. Eliot, Michael North (Editor)

Notes:
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 [Any edition]
C. S. Lewis

Notes:
Any edition of this work is fine.

  Required War and Peace [Any edition]
Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, tr.

Notes:
Any complete version will suffice, but I strongly recommend this version or the Dunnigan version (from Signet) for readability. The Maude translation is very dated and rather painful to read.

  Required Wuthering Heights (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) [Edition required: 2]
Emily Bronte, Linda H. Peterson

Notes:
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 [Any edition]
Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries

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



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