Guest foreword "The Informed Dialogue: Interacting with Literature" by Anne Devereaux Jordan.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
The adventures of Augie March / by Saul Bellow -- Beauty : a retelling of the story of Beauty and the beast / by Robin McKinley -- The glory field / by Walter Dean Myers -- Intruder in the dust / by William Faulkner -- Kidnapped / by Robert Louis Stevenson -- A lost lady / by Willa Cather -- Murder on the Orient Express / by AgathaChristie -- Nicholas Nickleby / by Charles Dickens -- No longer at ease / by Chinua Achebe -- Ordinary people -- Le Pere Goriot / by Honore de Balzac -- Sense and sensibility -- The street / by Ann Lane Petry -- Tangerine / by Edward Bloor.
Provides critical overviews of novels from various cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the work's cultural and historical significance.