Required Texts

This page lists the required texts for English 126

For English 126, a grammar/writing handbook and a reader are required.

For the grammar/writing handbook, we require:

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers.  The Bedford Handbook. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2013. (ISBN 978-1457608025).

For the reader, we require:

Gardner, Janet E., Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, and Peter Schakel, eds. Literature: A Portable Anthology. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford, 2013. (ISBN 978-1457606502).

Please note when assigning readings that composition courses must include a minimum of nine (9) print and/or online reading selections encompassing a range of genres; readings for English 126 should include a variety of different literary genres as the course description notes: "Students will read a variety of short literary works including poetry, fiction, and/or drama."

Books should be ordered via CUNYFirst.  For instructions, please contact Phebe Kirkham ( or consult the English 125 and English 126 Resources Blackboard site.