To the Instructor Everything is new under the sun. - CZESLAW MILOSZ Silence is the real crime against humanity. - NADYEZHDA MANDELSHTAM In this new edition ofDiscovering Literature,we have aimed at building on the strengths of the earlier editions of the book. Our aim is to give students of literature a textbook for reading and writing that will be unexcelled in selections that work well in today's classrooms and help teachers turn reluctant readers into readers unexcelled in showing students the contemporary relevance of the classics, revitalizing our shared literary heritage for a new generation unexcelled in showing how the elements of ,literature serve its human meaning unexcelled in honoring the rich diversity of the literary experience, integrating multicultural authors and women authors in a new synthesis unexcelled in making literary terms and concepts meaningful for a new generation of students, with a wide range of background and motivation unexcelled in validating student writing with hands-on writing instructions and student models for writing about literature nexcelled in bringing the students' own creative imagination into play, with interactive activities encouraging students to become active participants FEATURES OF THE NEW THIRD EDITION New features give teachers an expanded range of options and alternative perspectives for reaching and motivating today's students: New full-color "Word and Image" sections - pair paintings and poetry - bring the student's visual imagination into play - correlate imaginative literature and the sister arts NewFind-It-on-the-Webfeature - provides guidelines and caveats for Internet searches - guides students to online background and criticism New Web link icon placed in the margin throughout the text alerts students to additional resources on the web site to support the instruction in the text New expanded "Promise of Literature" introduction - contains interactive student responses to literature - has new writing process overview - includes new introduction to searching online sources New "Festival of Classic Stories" - presents classic stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Sarah Orne Jewett, Upton Sinclair, Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Conrad, Willa Cattier, Edith Wharton, and D. H. Lawrence New "Festival of Nature Poems" - groups of poems renewing communion with nature thematically New expanded writing workshops - have a new "Questions for Peer Review" strand - update guidelines for citation of online sources Teaching literature is a rich and challenging undertaking. As teachers of literature we share a basic commitment to the students in our classes. Whatever our theoretical disagreements, we believe in the power of imaginative literature to open windows on the world. We have faith that literature will enrich the imagination, educate the emotions, and nourish the spiritual growth of our students. Many teachers today share the following concerns: Discovering the Literary Heritage.We aim at helping students discover the richness and diversity of their literary heritage. Classics speak beyond time and distance to succeeding generations. We try to give students a "way in" to the reading of Sophocles, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, John Steinbeck, John Donne, Gwendolyn Brooks, or Flannery O'Connor. Stressing the presence of the past, this book integrates treatment of the classics with the best current writing. "Juxtapositions" frequently show the treatment of the same theme by authors of different times, cultures, or genders. Close Reading and the Personal ResGabriele L. Rico is the author of 'Discovering Literature: Stories, Poems, Plays (3rd Edition)', published 2002 under ISBN 9780130482303 and ISBN 0130482307.