Product Description In response to requests from instructors and students for shorter and less expensive composition readers, 40 Model Essays â featuring material adapted from the successful The Compact ReaderÂ â offers about half the usual number of readings for about half the price of similar books. About the Author JANE E. AARON is a professional writer and editor as well as an experienced teacher. She is the author of the best-selling Little, Brown Handbook and coeditor of the best-selling Bedford Reader, Eighth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003). She has served as consultant, editor, or writer on more than a dozen other textbooks for the first-year composition course.