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The best American essays

Author: Robert Atwan
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : College ed., 4th edView all editions and formats
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Information: College ed., 4th ed. "Fourth college edition"--Cover. Includes index.
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Genre/Form: Essays
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Atwan
ISBN: 0618333703 9780618333707
OCLC Number: 53149101
Notes: "Fourth college edition"--Cover.
Includes index.
Description: xx, 428 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : encountering the essay --
What are essays? --
Essays and articles --
Essays and fiction --
Essays and memoir --
The five-paragraph essay --
Can a computer evaluate an essay? --
The essay and risk--
The contemporary American essay : a diversity of forms and voices --
The essay and public events --
The essay in the twenty-first century --
Prologue : essayists on the essay --
What is an essay? / Justin Kaplan --
Resisting definitions / Jamaica Kincaid --
The ideal essay / Alan Lightman --
The essay as object / Ian Frazier --
The essay as action / Ian Frazier --
Essays and the real world / Annie Dillard --
No standard essay / Joseph Epstein --
The essay's diversity / Susan Sontag --
The memorable essay / Joyce Carol Oates --
The author's gumption / Justin Kaplan --
Essays and the imagination / Cynthia Ozick --
Essays versus articles / Cynthia Ozick --
Essays versus stories / Annie Dillard --
Essays versus poems / Annie Dillard --
Essays are not scientific documents / Edward Hoagland --
The essayist's defensiveness / Susan Sontag --
On being an essayist / Joseph Epstein --
Essayists must tell the truth / Geoffrey Wolff --
The essayist's voice / Susan Sontag --
The demands of the first person singular / Tracy Kidder --
The "who cares" factor / Geoffrey Wolff --
What "confessional writing" must do / Stephen Jay Gould --
How the essayist acquires authority / Edward Hoagland --
The conversational style / Joseph Epstein --
The essay as dialogue / Kathleen Norris --
The attractions of autobiography / Tracy Kidder --
The essayist's audience / Elizabeth Hardwick --
Essays start out in magazines / Susan Sontag --
On certain magazine interviews / Gay Talese --
Listening to people think / Gay Talese --
On the subjects of essays / Elizabeth Hardwick --
The essay's unlimited possibilities / Annie Dillard. 1. The personal voice : identity, diversity, self-discovery --
The telephone / Anwar F. Accawi --
Hair / Marcia Aldrich --
Silent dancing / Judith Ortiz Cofer --
Westbury court / Edwidge Danticat --
In the kitchen / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. --
Mirrorings / Lucy Grealy --
The blue machinery of summer / Yusef Komunyakaa --
Book marks / Rebecca McClanahan --
Silk parachute / John McPhee --
Merced / Danielle Ofri --
The inheritance of tools / Scott Russell Sanders --
Mother tongue / Amy Tan --
2. The attentive mind : observation, reflection, insight --
Turning point / Rudolph Chelminski --
The stunt pilot / Annie Dillard --
Spring / Gretel Ehrlich --
Mail / Anne Fadiman --
A lovely sort of lower purpose / Ian Frazier --
Heaven and nature / Edward Hoagland --
No wonder they call me a bitch / Ann Hodgman --
The stone horse / Barry Lopez --
They all just went away / Joyce Carol Oates --
Matriculation fixation / Joe Queenan --
All in Havana / Gay Talese --
The disposable rocket / John Updike --
3. The public sphere : advocacy, argument, controversy --
In distrust of movements / Wendell Berry --
Think about it / Frank Conroy --
Shouting "Fire!" / Alan M. Dershowitz --
Who shot Johnny? / Debra Dickerson --
Who we are / David Halberstam --
What's wrong with animal rights / Vicki Hearne --
On seeing England for the first time / Jamaica Kincaid --
Exquisite corpse / Ashraf Rushdy --
The Singer solution to world poverty / Peter Singer --
On being black and middle class / Shelby Steele --
The killing game / Joy Williams --
The dramaturgy of death / Garry Wills --
Alternative arrangements --
Rhetorical modes --
Some literary and journalistic techniques --
Contemporary issues --
Index of authors.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Robert Atwan.

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