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CHAPTER 1. British Poetry

  Passage 1. Thomas Hardy, “Nobody Comes”

  Passage 2. Robert Herrick, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”

  Passage 3. Gerard Manley Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur”

  Passage 4. Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”

  Passage 5. William Wordsworth, “The world is too much with us”

  Passage 6. William Butler Yeats, “That the Night Come”

CHAPTER 2. American Poetry

  Passage 1. Anne Bradstreet, “The Author to Her Book”

  Passage 2. Emily Dickinson, “Success is counted sweetest ...”

  Passage 3. T. S. Eliot, “Morning at the Window”

  Passage 4. Walt Whitman, “O Captain! My Captain!”

  Passage 5. William Carlos Williams, “Contemporania”

CHAPTER 3. World Poetry

  Passage 1. Kahlil Gibran, “Defeat”

  Passage 2. Jayadeva, Excerpt from Gita Govinda

  Passage 3. Rabindranath Tagore, “My Country Awake”

  Passage 4. Rabindranath Tagore, “The Home”

CHAPTER 4. British Fiction

  Passage 1. Frances Burney, Evelina

  Passage 2. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

  Passage 3. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

  Passage 4. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

  Passage 5. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

  Passage 6. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

  Passage 7. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

CHAPTER 5. American Fiction

  Passage 1. Kate Chopin, “The Kiss”

  Passage 2. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

  Passage 3. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

  Passage 4. Henry James, The Turn of the Screw

  Passage 5. Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt

  Passage 6. Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt

  Passage 7. Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

CHAPTER 6. World Fiction

  Passage 1. Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

  Passage 2. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

  Passage 3. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

  Passage 4. Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

  Passage 5. James Joyce, “The Dead”

  Passage 6. Franz Kafka, “Metamorphosis”

CHAPTER 7. Drama

  Passage 1. Euripides, Medea

  Passage 2. Euripides, Medea

  Passage 3. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

  Passage 4. William Shakespeare, Macbeth

  Passage 5. Sophocles, Oedipus the King

CHAPTER 8. Expository Prose

  Passage 1. Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

  Passage 2. Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Custom House” (Preface to The Scarlet Letter)

  Passage 3. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

  Passage 4. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil (Translated by Helen Zimmern)

  Passage 5. Oscar Wilde, Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray

  Passage 6. Zhuangzi