What can today’s readers and writers learn from the ways people read and wrote hundreds of years ago? In this section of ENG 101, we will consider this question by reading literary works from the nineteenth and early twentieth century in various ways—original and early editions, magazine publications, anthology compilations, digital renditions, and, primarily, twenty-first-century paperbacks and photocopies. We will discuss the writing and revision practices that early editions housed in USC’s Rare Books and Special Collections make available with the aim of strengthening our own methods of writing and revision. We will learn about ways that literary forms and publication practices affect our attention as readers by analyzing fiction by Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, poetry by William Wordsworth and S. T. Coleridge, and a selection of recent critical and journalistic writing. Because this course focuses on early and original editions, we will meet in the Hollings Library. Students will reflect on their reading experiences and discuss issues including textual variation, historical annotation, and reading across different media in short, informal papers (1-2 pages). In longer formal papers (4-5 pages), students will describe and analyze literary features of the works we read.