The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literatureis designed to bring literature to life and to make students lifelong readers. As an instructor of literature and writing, editor Michael Meyer understands that a particular challenge in today's classroom is that students may not see literature as relevant to their lives. They may have difficulty reading it critically and lack confidence in their writing skills. With these factors in mind, Meyer has put together a lively collection of literature drawn from many periods, cultures, and voices, with an excellent representation of contemporary authors, women authors, and authors of color.These works are presented with more than a dozen chapters of critical reading and writing support, and a generous helping of sample close readings, writing assignments, and student papers. And, because everyone teaches a little differently, the book offers more options for working with the literature than any comparable anthology including in-depth chapters on major authors and case studies on individual works and universal themes.Michael Meyer is the author of 'The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing', published 2008 under ISBN 9780312469597 and ISBN 0312469594.