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Ten on Ten: Major Essayists on Recurring Themes


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This essayists-in-depth reader is also a thematic reader. It arranges 55 essays by 10 of the most widely read and highly regarded writers in the English language today (including Joan Didion, Virginia Woolf, E. B. White, and George Orwell) under 10 classic and provocative themes.

Table of Contents

  Preface for Instructors

  Introduction: What Is an Essay?


  1. Moments of Insight

    E.B. White, Once More to the Lake

    George Orwell, An Episode of Bed-wetting

    Alice Walker,Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self

    Stephen Jay Gould, The Median Isn't the Message

    Annie Dillard, Total Eclipse

    Virginia Woolf, The Moment: Summer's Night


  2. The Fabric of the Family

    Joan Didion, On Going Home

    James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

    E. B. White, Aunt Poo

    Cynthia Ozick, The Seam of the Snail

    Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

    Virginia Woolf, 22 Hyde Park Gate


  3. Heroes and Heroines

    Joan Didion, John Wayne: A Love Song

    Annie Dillard, The Stunt Pilot

    E. B. White, Will Strunk

    Stephen Jay Gould, The Streak of Streaks

    Virginia Woolf, Ellen Terry

    Alice Walker, Looking for Zora


  4. Teaching and Learning

    George Orwell, St. Cyprian's

    Cynthia Ozick, Washington Square, 1946

    James Baldwin, A Talk to Teachers

    Lewis Thomas, How to fix the Premedical Curriculum

    Stephen Jay Gould, The Dinosour Rip-off


  5. Journeys Near and Far

    Cynthia Ozick, The Shock of Teapots

    Alice Walker, Journey to Nine Miles

    E. B. White, Walden

    Annie Dillard, In the Jungle

    James Baldwin, Equal in Paris

    Joan Didion, Miami


  6. Other Creatures

    Lewis Thomas, The Tucson Zoo

    Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels

    E. B. White, Death of a Pig

    George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

    Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth


  7. Men and Women

    Alice Walker, Brothers and Sisters

    Virginia Woolf, Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid

    James Baldwin, Here Be Dragons

    Lewis Thomas, Scabies, Scrapie

    Stephen Jay Gould, Women's Brains


  8. The Power of Language

    Lewis Thomas, Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons, etc.

    George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

    James Baldwin, If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me What Is?

    Joan Didion, Insider Baseball

    Cynthia Ozick, The Question of Our Speech: The Return to Aural Culture


  9. Science and the Imagination

    George Orwell, What Is Science?

    Lewis Thomas, Humanities and Science

    Cynthia Ozick, Science and Letters: God's Work — and Ours

    Stephen Jay Gould, Darwin's Middle Road

    Annie Dillard, Stalking


  10. The Writing Life

    George Orwell, Why I Write

    Annie Dillard, Schedules

    Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook

    Cynthia Ozick, A Drugstore in Winter

    James Baldwin, Autobiographical Notes

    Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women


    The Essayists

    Index of Authors and Titles

Product Details

Major Essayists on Recurring Themes
Atwan, Robert
Bedford/St. Martin's
English language
Short Stories (single author)
College readers
Composition & Creative Writing
Composition & Creative Writing - General
English language -- Rhetoric.
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