Guest foreword "The Informed Dialogue: Interacting with Literature" by Anne Devereaux Jordan.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The A.B.C. murders / AgathaChristie -- Around the world in eighty days / Jules Verne -- Bel canto / Ann Patchett -- Bleak house / Charles Dickens -- Briar rose / Jane Yolen -- Fallen angels / Walter Dean Myers -- Franny and Zooey / J.D. Salinger -- How green was my valley / Richard Llewellyn -- A journal of the plague year / Daniel Defoe -- Jude the obscure / Thomas Hardy -- The little prince / Antoine de Saint-Exupery -- The once and future king / T.H. White -- To sir, with love / E.R. Braithwaite -- Typical American / Gish Jen.
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.