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The Next American Essay

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Publisher Comments:

In The Next American Essay, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," D'Agata selects an example of creative nonfiction for each subsequent year. These essays are unrestrained, elusive, explosive, mysterious—a personal lingual playground. They encompass and illuminate culture, myth, history, romance, and sex. Each essay is a world of its own, a world so distinctive it resists definition.

Contributors include:

Sherman Alexie

David Antin

Jenny Boully

Anne Carson

Guy Davenport

Lydia Davis

Joan Didion

Annie Dillard

Thalia Field

Albert Goldbarth

Susan Griffin

Theresa Hak Kung Cha

Jamaica Kincaid

Wayne Koestenbaum

Barry Lopez

John McPhee

Carole Maso

Harry Mathews

Susan Mitchell

Fabio Morabito

Mary Ruefle

David Shields

Dennis Silk

Susan Sontag

Alexander Theroux

George W. S. Trow

David Foster Wallace

Eliot Weinberger

Joe Wenderoth

James Wright

Synopsis:

In this singular collection, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," D'Agata selects an example of creative nonfiction for each subsequent year. These essays are unrestrained, elusive, explosive, mysterious—a personal lingual playground. They encompass and illuminate culture, myth, history, romance, and sex. Each essay is a world of its own, a world so distinctive it resists definition. Contributors include: Sherman AlexieDavid AntinJenny BoullyAnne CarsonGuy DavenportLydia DavisJoan DidionAnnie DillardThalia FieldAlbert GoldbarthSusan GriffinTheresa Hak Kung ChaJamaica KincaidWayne KoestenbaumBarry LopezJohn McPheeCarole MasoHarry MathewsSusan MitchellFabio MorabitoMary RuefleDavid ShieldsDennis SilkSusan SontagAlexander TherouxGeorge W. S. TrowDavid Foster WallaceEliot WeinbergerJoe WenderothJames Wright

About the Author

John D'Agata is the author Halls of Fame. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he holds M.F.A.s in both nonfiction and poetry and is currently editor of lyric essays for Seneca Review.

Table of Contents

To the Reader

Prologue

Guy Davenport

And

1975

John McPhee

The Search for Marvin Gardens

1976

Barry Lopez

The Raven

1977

Susan Sontag

Unguided Tour

1978

Jamaica Kincaid

Girl

1979

Joan Didion

The White Album

1980

James Wright

May Morning

1981

Harry Matthews

Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double)

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1982

Annie Dillard

Total Eclipse

1983

David Antin

The Theory and Practice of Postmodernism: A Manifesto

1984

Eliot Weinberger

The Dream of India

1985

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Erato Love Poetry

1986

Dennis Silk

The Marionette Theater

1987

Anne Carson

Kinds of Water

1988

Fabio Morabito

Oil

1989

George W. S. Trow

Needs

1990

Susan Mitchell

Notes Toward a History of Scaffolding

1991

Albert Goldbarth

Delft

1992

Paul Metcalf

" . . . and nobody objected"

October 1992

Sherman Alexie

Captivity

1993

Susan Griffin

Red Shoes

1994

Alexander Theroux

Black

1995

Lydia Davis

Foucault and Pencil

1996

David Shields

Life Story

1997

David Foster Wallace

Ticket to the Fair

1998

i0Wayne Koestenbaum

Darling's Prick

1999

Carole Maso

The Intercession of the Saints

2000

Mary Ruefle

Monument

2001

Thalia Field

A : I

2002

Brian Lennon

Sleep

2003

Jenny Boully

The Body

Epilogue

Joe Wenderoth

Things To Do Today

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555973759
Editor:
D'Agata, John
Prologue:
Davenport, Guy
Prologue by:
Davenport, Guy
Prologue:
Davenport, Guy
Editor:
D'Agata, John
Author:
Messner, Kate
Author:
D'Agata, John
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Location:
Saint Paul, Minn.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
American essays - 21st century
Subject:
American essays -- 20th century.
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
1.
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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In this singular collection, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," D'Agata selects an example of creative nonfiction for each subsequent year. These essays are unrestrained, elusive, explosive, mysterious—a personal lingual playground. They encompass and illuminate culture, myth, history, romance, and sex. Each essay is a world of its own, a world so distinctive it resists definition. Contributors include: Sherman AlexieDavid AntinJenny BoullyAnne CarsonGuy DavenportLydia DavisJoan DidionAnnie DillardThalia FieldAlbert GoldbarthSusan GriffinTheresa Hak Kung ChaJamaica KincaidWayne KoestenbaumBarry LopezJohn McPheeCarole MasoHarry MathewsSusan MitchellFabio MorabitoMary RuefleDavid ShieldsDennis SilkSusan SontagAlexander TherouxGeorge W. S. TrowDavid Foster WallaceEliot WeinbergerJoe WenderothJames Wright
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