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The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973-1982

by Joyce Carol Oates Greg Johnson

One wonders how Oates got the time to write, considering the sheer heft of her journals, but then one comes to the realization that the journals are the bones without flesh, or the flesh without bones, or some knot of both that became the root of her prolific output. Entries concern family, colleagues, and friends but never descend to pure gossip, largely due to editing that protects the dignity of the living. The effect of this necessary surgery is not to leave blanks in Oates's history but to reveal a self-imposed discipline bordering on the perturbing. Yet Oates does not combine this discipline with distance and instead establishes and maintains her life's project, an "experiment in consciousness." Oates hones her writing and her art page by page, tempting the reader to establish the discipline of reading with the journal in one hand and the relevant novel in the other. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense

by Thomas R. Arp Greg Johnson

The 10th edition of this long-established and esteemed anthology for undergraduate courses contains 100 new selections. After a 60-page introduction to writing about literature, chapters in the fiction section cover plot and structure, characterization, theme, point of view, symbol and allegory, and humor and irony. Chapters in the poetry section cover denotation and connotation, imagery, figurative language, musical devices, and patterns. Chapters in the drama section cover the nature of drama, realistic and nonrealistic drama, and tragedy and comedy. Concepts in each chapter are illustrated with works by established writers of the past and present. Discussion questions and suggestions for writing are included for each selection. Arp is affiliated with Southern Methodist University, and Johnson, with Kennesaw State University. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense

by Thomas R. Arp Greg Johnson

The 10th edition of this long-established and esteemed anthology for undergraduate courses contains 100 new selections. After a 60-page introduction to writing about literature, chapters in the fiction section cover plot and structure, characterization, theme, point of view, symbol and allegory, and humor and irony. Chapters in the poetry section cover denotation and connotation, imagery, figurative language, musical devices, and patterns. Chapters in the drama section cover the nature of drama, realistic and nonrealistic drama, and tragedy and comedy. Concepts in each chapter are illustrated with works by established writers of the past and present. Discussion questions and suggestions for writing are included for each selection. Arp is affiliated with Southern Methodist University, and Johnson, with Kennesaw State University. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense (11th edition)

by Greg Johnson Thomas R. Arp

This book is an essential and highly effective introduction to literature for today's students. Written for students beginning a serious study of literature, the text introduces the fundamental elements of fiction, poetry, and drama in a concise and engaging way.

Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense (8th edition)

by Thomas R. Arp Greg Johnson

This eighth edition of classic text continues to provide students with a comprehensive study into the principal forms of fiction, poetry, and drama.

Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry (10th edition)

by Greg Johnson Thomas R. Arp

This tenth edition of Perrine's Sound and Sense, like the previous editions, addresses the student who is beginning a serious investigation of poetry. The authors of this new edition seek to give that student a sufficient grasp of the nature and variety of poetry, some reasonable means for reading it with appreciative understanding, and a few primary ideas of how to evaluate it.

Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry (12th Edition)

by Greg Johnson Thomas R. Arp

The book works to balance the classic with the contemporary, to represent a wide diversity of poets, and to emphasize the importance of the close reading of poetry as the avenue to enjoy and appreciate it. Although there are many flourishing approaches to poetry and its effects, we believe that the initial step must be understanding the elements of poetry through which it presents itself. This book is addressed to the student who is beginning a serious investigation of poetry. We have attempted to offer that student a sufficient grasp of the nature and variety of poetry, some reasonable means for reading it with appreciative understanding, and a few primary ideas of how to evaluate it. One important principle established in the earliest editions is the need for conciseness and compactness, so that the book will have a friendly, welcoming appeal and will not seem daunting in its comprehensiveness. In matters of theory, in an introductory textbook some issues are undoubtedly simplified, but none we hope seriously so, and some more sophisticated theoretical approaches have had to be excluded in the interests of space. Another principle is that the elements of poetry are presented in a progression in which each new topic builds on what preceded it. The separate chapters gradually introduce the student to the elements of poetry, putting the emphasis always on how and why: How can the reader use these elements to get at the meaning of the poem, to interpret it sensibly, and to respond to it adequately? Why does the poet use these elements? What values have they for the poet and reader?

A Very Famous Social Worker

by Greg Johnson

When Greg Johnson was interviewing for a job at a mental health center his interview was interrupted by a police officer with a naked woman in tow. "I was looking for an adventure," he says, "and this looked like it." In A Very Famous Social Worker, the author recounts with insight and humor his experiences as a rookie social worker in West Virginia's Greenbrier Valley. His unlikely parade of clients include a preacher whose wildly rebellious children are threatening to bring down his ministry, a teenage underwear fetishist, a man obsessed with Dolly Parton, and a schizophrenic poet. He goes the extra mile, often literally, teaching a client to drive, transporting an inebriated musician to rehab, and navigating a winding country road with a three-tiered wedding cake. Engaging and entertaining, A Very Famous Social Worker sheds light on a profession practiced by 600,000 Americans that remains little known to the general public.

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