Features and Benefits

Personalize Learning with MyLiteratureLab ®

MyLiteratureLab is an online resource that works with our literature anthologies to provide engaging experiences to instructors and students.
Students can access new content that fosters an understanding of literary elements, which provides a foundation for stimulating class discussions. This simple and powerful tool offers state-of-the-art audio and video resources along with practical tools and flexible assessment. 

The Literature Collection eText within MyLiteratureLab includes more than 700 selections and valuable multimedia resources–including professional performances, biographies of key authors, contextual videos, interactive student papers–that bring literature to life.
  • Understanding the Literary Elements: MyLiteratureLab provides a wealth of resources for literary studies that are designed to meet the diverse learning needs of today’s students.   As part of a "Reading and Writing about Literature" Learning Path, students learn about the elements of literature and gain insight into common forms for writing about literature.
  • Unpacking the Literature: MyLiteratureLab offers an unprecedented array of rich, media-based activities and exercises to aid in students' understanding and appreciation of many of the most widely taught literary works.   These activities strengthen students' understanding of and confidence in literary analysis, often a central tenet to the course.
Features of the text include:
  • Talking with Writers: exclusive conversations between Dana Gioia and celebrated fiction writer Amy Tan, former U. S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, and contemporary playwright David Ives offer students an insider’s look into the importance of literature and reading in the lives of three modern masters.
  • “Picturing” Shakespeare’s plays photo montages offer students a pictorial introduction to each of the three plays with a helpful visual preview of key scenes and characters, and collages of production photographs to help students better visualize the dramas.
  • “Terms for Review” sections at the end of every major chapter provide students a simple study guide to go over key concepts and terms in each chapter.
  • Author photos of nearly all fiction and drama writers as well as major poets humanize writers for students and add visual interest.
  • Sixty-seven stories of well-loved classics by such authors as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Flannery O’Connor as well as accessible contemporary works by Margaret Atwood, ZZ Packer, Sandra Cisneros, and David Foster Wallace are included.
  • More than 400 of the greatest, most teachable poems blend the old masters like William Shakespeare, John Keats, Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson with newer voices such as Billy Collins, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Derek Walcott, and Natasha Trethewey.
  • A wonderful collection of eighteen plays includes two of Sophocles’s plays--Oedipus and Antigone.  Shakespeare is represented by three plays—Othello, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, as well as newer works by Jane Martin and David Ives, are also included.
  • NEW! Chapter on Genre Fiction presents an introduction to the immensely popular modes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and detective fiction, with classic stories from each genre.
  • NEW! Argument coverage focuses on the rhetorical appeals of logosethos, and pathos. Suggestions for incorporating the appeals into a literary argument have been added to Chapter 42 on writing about literature.
  • NEW! Expanded coverage of research topics, such as finding and evaluating Web and print sources, taking notes, and preparing an annotated bibliography round out the coverage of preparing a research paper in Chapter 46.
  • NEW! Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter frame the content and clarify expectations for student learning.
  • NEW! Two new casebooks: Robert Frost's poetry features twelve of Frost's most admired and engaging poems (such as "The Road Not Taken," "Birches," and "Home Burial"), with excerpts from Frost’s own critical writing, plus insightful and accessible critical excerpts by Frost scholars; “Young Goodman Brown” includes excerpts from Hawthorne’s own critical writing, photographs, and critical excerpts from Hawthorne scholars.
  • NEW! Thirteen new short stories, fifty-three new poems and four new plays and dramatic scenes, selected for their popularity with instructors AND students as well as their literary qualities and accessibility.
    • New stories include Neil Gaiman's "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," H. P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider," Ursula K. Le Guin's "A Wife's Story," Juan Rulfo's "Tell Them Not to Kill Me!," Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O.," David Foster Wallace's "Everything Is Green," and Dashiell Hammett's "One Hour."
    • New poems range from classic selections by William Wordsworth, H.D., Lord Byron, William Shakespeare, Stephen Crane, Ezra Pound, Robert Hayden, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman to fresh contemporary works by Sherman Alexie, Julia Alvarez, Maria Hummel,  Anne-Marie Thompson, Neko Case, A. E. Stallings, Thomas M. Disch, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Michael Donaghy.