*This classic (genre-organized) text retains the literature that has made it a success for over 13 editions while adding fresh, new readings, arranged in innovative and enlightening ways: nearly 300 poems, 60 stories, and 15 plays. * Distinguished author team has edited numerous composition texts and literature compilations. * "In Brief" writing chapters provide guidelines for writing about each genre. * Seven casebooks contain critical essays, interviews with authors, and student model essays on an author or particular work. * New "American Voices" chapters, focusing on multicultural literature, now appear in each section: Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.