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50 Essays: A Portable Anthology directly addresses students' and instructors' concerns that composition readers are too expensive and too large. At less than half the size and price of comparable readers, 50 Essays meets the needs of a wide variety of classrooms. The carefully chosen table of contents presents enough familiarity to reassure instructors, enough novelty to keep things interesting, and enough variety to accommodate many different teaching needs. The editorial apparatus has been designed to support that variety of needs without being intrusive. In its second edition, 50 Essays continues to offer selections that instructors love to teach, with even more flexibility and more support for academic writing.

About the Author

SAMUEL COHEN (Ph.D., City University of New York) is an assistant  professor in the English Department at the University of Missouri - Columbia. He has published in such journals as The Journal of Basic Writing, Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists, Clio, and Twentieth-Century Literature,  and is at work on a monograph,  After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s.

Table of Contents

  Preface for Instructors


  Alternate Tables of Contents

       By Theme

      *By Pairs and Casebooks

       By Rhetorical Mode

       By Purpose

       By Chronological Order


  Introduction for Students: Active Reading, Critical Thinking, and the Writing Process

   *Sherman Alexie, The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me

    Maya Angelou, Graduation

   *Natalie Angier, Men, Women, Sex, and Darwin

    Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue

    Barbara Lazear Ascher, On Compassion

    James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

    Dave Barry, Lost in the Kitchen

    *Susan Bordo, Never Just Pictures

    *Bill Bryson, How You Became You

    William F. Buckley, Why Don't We Complain?

    *Stephen L. Carter, The Insufficiency of Honesty

    Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria

    *Bernard Cooper, A Clack of Tiny Sparks: Remembrances of a Gay Boyhood

    Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook

    *Annie Dillard, Death of a Moth

    Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write

    *Barbara Ehrenreich, Serving in Florida

    Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving

    Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie

    Stephen Jay Gould, Women's Brains

    Vicki Hearne, What's Wrong with Animal Rights?

    Langston Hughes, Salvation

    Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me

    Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

    Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

    Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman

    Eric Liu, Notes of a Native Speaker

    Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple

    Malcolm X, Learning to Read

    N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain

    Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America

    George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

    *Plato, Crito

    Richard Rodriguez, Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood

    Mike Rose, 'I Just Wanna Be Average'

    *Edward Said, Clashing Civilizations?

    Scott Russell Sanders, The Inheritance of Tools

    David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

    *Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments

    Brent Staples, Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space

    Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal

    Amy Tan, Mother Tongue

    Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

    Sojourner Truth, Aren't I a Woman?

    *Sarah Vowell, Shooting Dad

    *Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self

    E.B. White, Once More to the Lake

    Marie Winn, Television: The Plug-In Drug

    Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth


  *Documentation Guide


  Glossary of Writing Terms


  Index of Authors and Titles



   * new to the edition

Product Details

A Portable Anthology
Cohen, Samuel S
Cohen, Samuel
Cohen, Samuel
Bedford/St. Martin's
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
College readers
American essays
Edition Description:
Second Edition
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8.25 x 5.50 in

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