AP English Literature & Composition: Example Textbook List

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP English Literature and Composition. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP English Literature and Composition Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP English Literature & Composition classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.


Index of Textbooks

Abcarian, R., M. Klotz, and S. Cohen, eds. Literature: The Human Experience. 11th edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Arp, Thomas, and Greg Johnson, eds. Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound & Sense. 11th edition. Cengage Learning.

Baym, Nina, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 8th edition. W. W. Norton.

Charters, Ann, and Samuel Charters, eds. Literature and Its Writers. 6th edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Damrosch, David, et al., eds. The Longman Anthology of British Literature. 4th edition. Longman.

DiYanni, Robert, ed. Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry and Drama. 6th edition. McGraw-Hill.

Greenblatt, Stephen, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors. 9th edition. W. W. Norton.

Hunt, Douglas, ed. The Riverside Anthology of Literature. 3rd edition. Cengage Learning.

Jago, Carol, Renee H. Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. Literature & Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking. 1st edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Kennedy, X. J., and Dana Goia, eds. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing. 12th edition. Longman.

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell, eds. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. 8th edition. Cengage Learning.

Landy, Alice, and William R. Allen, eds. The Heath Introduction to Literature. 6th edition. Cengage Learning.

Lawall, Sarah N., et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of Western Literature. 8th edition. W. W. Norton.

Lawall, Sarah N., et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 2nd edition. W. W, Norton. .

Mays, Kelly J., ed. The Norton Introduction to Literature. 11th edition. W. W. Norton.

McMichael, George, et al., eds. The Anthology of American Literature. 10th edition. Longman.

McQuade, Donald, et al., eds. The Harper American Literature. 3rd edition. Longman.

Meyer, Michael, ed. The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 10th edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Meyer, Michael, ed. Literature to Go, 2nd Edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Roberts, Edgar V., and Robert Zweig, eds. Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. 10th edition. Longman.

Schwiebert, John E, ed. Reading and Writing from Literature. 3rd edition. Cengage Learning.


Poetry Anthologies

Arp, Thomas, and Greg Johnson, eds. Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry. 14th edition. Cengage Learning.

DiYanni, Robert, and Kraft Rompf, eds. The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry. 1st edition. McGraw-Hill.

Ferguson, Margaret, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of Poetry. 5th edition. W. W. Norton.

Hunter, J. Paul, et al., eds. The Norton Introduction to Poetry. 9th edition. W. W. Norton.

Macmillan Literature Heritage — The English Tradition: Poetry. McGraw-Hill.

Meyer, Michael, ed. Poetry: An Introduction. 7th edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Pinsky, Robert, and Maggie Dietz, eds. An Invitation to Poetry: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology. W. W. Norton.

Ramazani, Jahan, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. 3rd edition. W. W. Norton.

Strand, Mark, and Eavan Boland. The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms. W. W. Norton.

Vendler, Helen, ed. Poems, Poets, and Poetry. 3rd edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.


Fiction Anthologies

Arp, Thomas, and Greg Johnson, eds. Perrine's Story & Structure. 14th edition. Cengage Learning.

Beaty, Jerome, ed. The Norton Introduction to the Short Novel. 3rd edition. W. W. Norton.

Bohner, Charles H., and Lyman Grant, eds. Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary. 6th edition. Longman.

Cassill, R. V., and Richard Bausch, eds. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. 7th edition. W. W. Norton.

Cassill, R. V., and Joyce Carol Oates, eds. The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. 2nd edition. W. W. Norton.

Charters, Ann, ed. The Story and Its Writer. 8th edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.

DiYanni, Robert, ed. Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. 2nd edition. McGraw-Hill.


Guides to Writing about Literature

Axelrod, Rise B., and Charles R. Cooper. St. Martin's Guide to Writing. 10th edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Barnet, Sylvan, William E. Cain, and William Burto. Literature for Composition. 10th edition. Pearson/Longman.

Barnet, Sylvan, and William E. Cain. A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. 12th edition. Pearson/Longman.

McMahan, Elizabeth, et al. Literature and the Writing Process. 10th edition. Longman.

Ramage, Joseph, et al. Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing. 6th edition. Longman.

Roberts, Edgar V. Writing about Literature. 13th edition. Longman.

Schwiebert, John E., ed. Reading and Writing from Literature. 3rd edition. Cengage Learning.

Trimmer, Joseph F. The New Writing with a Purpose. 14th edition. Cengage Learning.

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