The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Concise Edition – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814756 / 1554814758
  • 900 pages; 6" x 9"
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The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Concise Edition – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: June 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814756 / 1554814758
  • 900 pages; 6" x 9"

This concise edition offers the literary breadth and pedagogical features of the complete Broadview Introduction to Literature in a more compact, affordable package. The second edition features a stronger representation of Indigenous literature, world literature, graphic literature, and contemporary fiction and poetry.


“Offers a rich polyphony of voices that is sure to resonate with the diverse student body that constitutes the modern-day university classroom. … The Broadview Introduction to Literature has something for everyone, from the classical and canonical to the contemporary and quirky.” — Lorraine DiCicco, King’s University College

Short Fiction

Edgar Allan Poe

  • “The Black Cat”

Kate Chopin

  • “The Story of an Hour”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  • “The Yellow Wallpaper”

James Joyce

  • “Araby”
  • “The Dead” [website]

Katherine Mansfield

  • “The Garden Party”

Ernest Hemingway

  • “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
  • “Hills Like White Elephants” [website]

Flannery O’Connor

  • “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

Ursula K. Le Guin

  • “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Chinua Achebe

  • “Dead Men’s Path”

Alice Munro

  • “Friend of My Youth”

Alistair MacLeod

  • “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun”

Margaret Atwood

  • “Happy Endings”

Thomas King

  • “A Short History of Indians in Canada”

Octavia Butler

  • “Speech Sounds”

Haruki Murakami

  • “Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning”

Barbara Gowdy

  • “We So Seldom Look on Love”

Rohinton Mistry

  • “Squatter”

Kazuo Ishiguro

  • “A Family Supper”

Eden Robinson

  • “Terminal Avenue”

Lynn Coady

  • “Hellgoing”

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

  • “Big Water”

David Bezmozgis

  • “Tapka”

Hassan Blasim (b. 1973)

  • “The Nightmare of Carlos Fuentes”

Anders Nilsen (b. 1973)

  • “Towards a Conceptual Framework”

Jonathan Safran Foer (b. 1977)

  • “A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease” [website]



  • Oedipus Rex [website]

Henrik Ibsen

  • A Doll’s House

Oscar Wilde

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

Sharon Pollock

  • Blood Relations

Hannah Moscovitch

  • Essay


Sir Thomas Wyatt

  • [“They flee from me that sometime did me seek”]

Sir Walter Ralegh

  • “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”

Christopher Marlowe

  • “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”

William Shakespeare

  • 18 [“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”]
  • 29 [“When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”]
  • 73 [“That time of year thou mayst in me behold”]
  • 116 [“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”]
  • 130 [“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”]

John Donne

  • “The Flea”
  • 10 [“Death be not proud, though some have called thee”]
  • 14 [“Batter my heart, three personed God; for you”]
  • “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

Lady Mary Wroth

  • Song [“Love, a child, is ever crying”]
  • 77 [“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”]

George Herbert

  • “The Altar”
  • “Easter Wings”

John Milton

  • “On Shakespeare”
  • [“When I consider how my light is spent”]
  • “Lycidas” [website]

Anne Bradstreet

  • “The Author to Her Book”

Andrew Marvell

  • “To His Coy Mistress”

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

  • “The Caterpillar”

Phillis Wheatley

  • “On Being Brought from Africa to America”

William Blake

  • “The Lamb”
  • “London”

William Wordsworth

  • “Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey”
  • [“The world is too much with us”]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • “Frost at Midnight”
  • “Kubla Khan”
  • “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • “Ozymandias”
  • “Ode to the West Wind”

John Keats

  • “When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be”
  • “La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad”
  • “Ode to a Nightingale”
  • “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
  • “To Autumn”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Sonnet 22 [“When our two souls stand up erect and strong”]
  • Sonnet 24 [“Let the world’s sharpness like a clasping knife”]
  • Sonnet 43 [“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”]

Edgar Allan Poe

  • “The Raven”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  • “The Lady of Shalott”
  • “Ulysses”
  • “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Robert Browning

  • “My Last Duchess”

Emily Brontë

  • [“No coward soul is mine”]
  • [“Often rebuked, yet always back returning”]
  • [“Ah! Why, because the dazzling sun”]

Walt Whitman

  • from Song of Myself: 1 [“I celebrate myself, and sing myself ”]
  • “I Hear America Singing”
  • “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”

Emily Dickinson

  • 249 [“Wild Nights—Wild Nights!”]
  • 288 [“I’m Nobody! Who are you?”]
  • 341 [“After great pain, a formal feeling comes”]
  • 465 [“I heard a Fly buzz—when I died”]
  • 712 [“Because I could not stop for Death”]
  • 754 [“My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun”]
  • 1129 [“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant”]

Christina Rossetti

  • “Goblin Market”

Gerard Manley Hopkins

  • “God’s Grandeur”
  • “The Windhover”

W.B. Yeats

  • “Easter 1916”
  • “The Second Coming”
  • “Leda and the Swan”
  • “Sailing to Byzantium”

Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • “We Wear the Mask”

Robert Frost

  • “The Road Not Taken”
  • “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
  • “Design”

Wallace Stevens

  • “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

William Carlos Williams

  • “The Red Wheelbarrow”
  • “Spring and All”
  • “This Is Just to Say”
  • “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”

Ezra Pound

  • “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”
  • “In a Station of the Metro”

Marianne Moore

  • “Poetry”
  • “Poetry (Revised version)”

T.S. Eliot

  • “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
  • “Journey of the Magi”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • [“I, being born a woman and distressed”]
  • [“What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why”]

Wilfred Owen

  • “Anthem for Doomed Youth”
  • “Dulce et Decorum Est”

E.E. Cummings

  • [“in Just-”]
  • [“somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond”]
  • [“anyone lived in a pretty how town”]

Langston Hughes

  • “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
  • “Harlem (2)”

Stevie Smith

  • “Not Waving but Drowning”

Earle Birney

  • “Vancouver Lights”
  • “The Bear on the Delhi Road”

W.H. Auden

  • “Funeral Blues”
  • “Musée des Beaux Arts”
  • “September 1, 1939”
  • “The Unknown Citizen”

Theodore Roethke

  • “My Papa’s Waltz”
  • “Root Cellar”

Elizabeth Bishop

  • “First Death in Nova Scotia”
  • “One Art”

Dylan Thomas

  • “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”

P.K. Page

  • “The Stenographers”
  • “Stories of Snow”

Al Purdy

  • “Trees at the Arctic Circle”
  • “Lament for the Dorsets”

Allen Ginsberg

  • “A Supermarket in California”

Adrienne Rich

  • “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
  • “Diving into the Wreck”

Ted Hughes

  • “The Thought-Fox”
  • “Hawk Roosting”

Derek Walcott

  • “A Far Cry from Africa”

Arun Kolatkar

  • “Yeshwant Rao”
  • “Pictures from a Marathi Alphabet Chart”

Sylvia Plath

  • “Daddy”
  • “Lady Lazarus”

Lucille Clifton

  • “Miss Rosie”
  • “The Lost Baby Poem”

Margaret Atwood

  • “Death of a Young Son by Drowning”
  • [“you fit into me”]
  • “Variation on the Word Sleep”
  • “The Door”

Seamus Heaney

  • “Digging”
  • “Mid-Term Break”
  • “The Grauballe Man”
  • “The door was open and the house was dark”

Gwendolyn MacEwen

  • “Dark Pines Under Water”
  • “The Discovery”

Sharon Olds

  • “The One Girl at the Boys Party”
  • “Sex without Love”

Eavan Boland

  • “Night Feed”
  • “Against Love Poetry”


  • “Blues”
  • [“dear Captain Poetry”]

Tom Wayman

  • “Did I Miss Anything?”

Robert Bringhurst

  • “Leda and the Swan”

Marilyn Nelson

  • “Minor Miracle”

Lorna Crozier

  • “Carrots”
  • “Onions”
  • “When I Come Again to My Father’s House”

Agha Shahid Ali

  • “Postcard from Kashmir”
  • “The Wolf ’s Postscript to ‘Little Red Riding Hood’”

Anne Carson

  • “On Rain”
  • “On Sylvia Plath”
  • “On Walking Backwards”

Lillian Allen

  • “One Poem Town”

Louise Bernice Halfe

  • “Wepinaso”
  • “Ekweski, Turn-Around Woman”

Harryette Mullen

  • “[marry at a hotel, annul ’em]”
  • “black nikes”
  • “Dim Lady”

Rita Dove

  • “Persephone, Falling”

Dionne Brand

  • 30 [“Spring darkness is forgiving. It doesn’t descend”]
  • 32 [“Every smell is now a possibility, a young man”]

Sarah Arvio

  • “Wood”

Carol Ann Duffy

  • “Drunk”
  • “Crush”

Marilyn Dumont

  • “Not Just a Platform for My Dance”
  • “The White Judges”

Li-Young Lee

  • “Persimmons”

George Elliott Clarke

  • “Blank Sonnet”
  • “Look Homeward, Exile”
  • “Casualties” 773

Jackie Kay

  • “In My Country”

Alice Oswald

  • “Wedding”

Gregory Scofield (b. 1966)

  • “Aunty”
  • “Not All Half-Breed Mothers”
  • “Wrong Image”

Karen Solie

  • “Sturgeon”
  • “Self-Portrait in a Series of Professional Evaluations”

Arundhathi Subramaniam

  • “To the Welsh Critic Who Doesn’t Find Me Identifiably Indian”

Rita Wong

  • “nervous organism”

R.W. Gray

  • “How this begins”

Sharon Harris

  • “99. Where Do Poems Come From?”
  • “70. Why Do Poems Make Me Cry?”

d’bi young anitafrika

  • “self-esteem (ii)”
  • “foreign mind/local body”
  • “love speak”

Victoria Chang

  • “Mr Darcy”

Hai-Dang Phan

  • “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981)”

Jordan Abel

  • from The Place of Scraps

Literary Non-Fiction

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  • “Epistle 47” from Moral Letters to Lucilius [website]

Michel de Montaigne

  • “On Cannibals” [website]

Jonathan Swift

  • “A Modest Proposal”

Virginia Woolf

  • “The Death of the Moth”

Zora Neale Hurston

  • “How It Feels to Be Coloured Me”

George Orwell

  • “Shooting an Elephant”

Richard Wagamese

  • “Finding Father”

Scott McCloud

  • from Understanding Comics

Kamal Al-Solaylee

  • from Brown

Miriam Toews

  • “A Father’s Faith”

Ivan Coyote

  • from Tomboy Survival Guide

Lisa Chalykoff is Senior Instructor in English at the University of Victoria. Neta Gordon is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Brock University. Paul Lumsden is Assistant Professor of English at Grant MacEwan University.


  • — Engaging, up-to-date introductions to genres and to individual authors
  • — Thorough annotation
  • — Comprehensive glossary of literary terms
  • — Unlike most competing anthologies, includes a selection of literary non-fiction
  • — Includes more visual material than competing anthologies


  • — More young and/or contemporary writers in all genres
  • — A stronger selection of contemporary Canadian literature, particularly from Indigenous writers
  • — Two new graphic literature selections
  • — More speculative and science fiction
  • — More world writing, both in English and in translation