This anthology is intended for the student who is beginning a serious study of imaginative literature. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the principal forms of fiction, poetry, and drama. Each section begins with a simple discussion of the elements of the form and is illustrated by carefully selected stories, poems, and plays. Each section also includes an anthology of additional selections for further reading. In this book we seek to give the student a sufficient grasp of the nature and variety of literary works, some reasonable means for reading them with appreciative understanding, and some basic principles for making literary judgments. Our objective is to help the student to understand, enjoy, and prefer good works of literature.