Alive with the inimitable Kennedy wit, wisdom, and grace, this is a reader that students truly enjoy reading. Since its first edition, The Bedford Reader has been distinguished by its well-chosen selections and lively instruction in reading and writing, demonstrating how methods of development help writers achieve their purposes. The eighth edition retains the trademark features -- such as writer's commentaries, an anthology of classic essays that combine the methods, and student casebooks on using the methods in practical situations -- that have made its predecessors a consistent favorite of both instructors and students. The eighth edition introduces an exciting new visual dimension by exploring the rhetoric of the visual -- how images reflect the methods, and how writers use them to respond to images.X. J. Kennedy is the author of 'The Bedford Reader', published 2002 under ISBN 9780312395001 and ISBN 0312395000.