Holt Elements of Literature Fourth Course

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The Short Story Collections

Collection 1 - Hard Choices

        The Collection Opener

        The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8)

      The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant by W. D. Wetherell  (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

      Boys and Girls by Alice Munro (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

      Everyday Use by Alice Walker (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

       from Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck 


Collection 2 - Hearts That Love

       The Collection Opener

       Two Kinds by Amy Tan (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

       Geraldo No Last Name by Sandra Cisneros

       The First Seven Years by Bernard Malamud (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)
          - Choices and Grammar

      Distillation by Hugo Martinez-Serros (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

      Life Is Sweet at Kumansenu by Abioseh Nicol (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
          - Choices and Grammar

      Lessons of Love by Judith Ortiz Cofer (Part 1) (Part 2)


Collection 3 - Exiles, Castaways, and Strangers

       Collection Opener

      Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy? by Tim O’Brien (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

      Liberty by Julia Alvarez (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

      The Bet by Anton Chekhov (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

      You Are Now Entering the Human Heart by Janet Frame (Part 1) (Part 2)


Collection 4 - Breakthroughs

      Collection Opener

      Trap of Gold by Louis L’Amour (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

      By The Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

      Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

      The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

      With All Flags Flying by Anne Tyler (not available online)

      By Any Other Name by Santha Rama Rau (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

      Lamb to the Slaughter by Ronald Dahl

The Nonfiction Collections

Collection 5 - Becoming Myself

      Collection Opener

      Hair by Malcolm X with Alex Haley

      It Can’t Be Helped by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James Houston (Part 1) (Part 2)

      Typhoid Fever by Frank McCourt (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

      Theme for English B by Langston Hughes 

Collection 6 - Being There!

       Collection Opener

      R.M.S. Titanic by Hanson W. Baldwin (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6)

      No News from Auschwitz by A. M. Rosenthal

      from Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

      A Presentation of Whales by Barry Lopez (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

      A Storm in the Mountains by Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Collection 7 - Making a Point

     Collection Opener

      The Lowest Animal by Mark Twain (Part 1) (Part 2)

      The Man in the Water by Roger Rosenblatt 

      Now You Take “Bambi” or “Snow White”—That’s Scary! by Stephen King

      The Unknown Rebel by Pico Iyer 

The Poetry Collections

Collection 8 - How to Live

     Collection Opener

      Mother to Son by Langston Hughes 

      Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost 

      Loveliest of Trees by A. E. Housman

      George Gray by Edgar Lee Masters

      Mending Wall by Robert Frost 

      The Legend by Garrett Hongo 

      miss rosie by Lucille Clifton

      Is There Really Such a Thing as Talent? by Annie Dillard 

Collection 9 - Can This Be Love?

      Collection Opener

      I Am Offering This Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

     since feeling is first by E. E. Cummings

      Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? by William Shakespeare 

      Bonny Barbara Allan by Anonymous

      Heart! We will forget him!, by Emily Dickinson/Three Japanese Tankas by Ono Komachi

     Hanging Fire, by Audre Lorde

      from Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes

Collection 10 - Dreams — Lost and Found

      Collection Opener

      Sea Fever by John Masefield 

      Ex-Basketball Player by John Updike 

      The Bean Eaters & We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks 

      A Voice by Pat Mora 

      Aunt Fannie Fixes Bison Bourguignon by Diane Glancy

      Tony Went to the Bodega but He Didn’t Buy Anything by Martín Espada 

      The Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee told by Dick Fool Bull


The  Drama Collection

Collection 11 - Doing the Right Thing

     Collection Opener

      I Never Sang For My Father by Robert Anderson 

      Act 1 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8) (Part 9) (Part 10)

      Act 2 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8) (Part 9)

      Greek Drama: Out of Ritual by David Adams Leeming

      The Myth of Oedipus     

      Antigone by Sophocles (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8) (Part 9)

      (Part 10)


William Shakespeare

Collection 12 - Ambition or Honor?

      Collection Opener

      The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

      Act 1 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

      Act 2 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

      Act 3 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6)

      Act 4 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

      Act 5 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

      The Arrogance and Cruelty of Power by Robert H. Jackson 


Collection 13 - Sources of Wisdom

      The Bible by David Adams Leeming

      Abraham and Isaac written in Tanakh

     Psalm 23 & To Every Thing There Is a Season written in King James 


      The Parable of the Prodigal Son written in New English Bible 

      Didactic Literature: Teaching Lessons 

      from The Koran translated by N. J. Dawood

      from Sayings of Saadi translated by Idries Shah

      from The Rubáiyát by Omar Khayyám

      Taoist Anecdotes translated by Moss Roberts

      from the Tao Te Ching by Laotzu

      Zen Parables translated by Paul Reps

      The Tiger, The Brahman, and The Jackal from the Panchatantra


Collection 14 - Finding Our Heroes

      Collection Opener

      The Sword in the Stone by Sir Thomas Malory 

      The Round Table by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (Part 1) (Part 2)

      The Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake by Sir Thomas Malory (Part 1) (Part 2)

      from Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali by D. T. Niane (Part 1) (Part 2)

      Star Trek: Galactic Heroes