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Eloquent Essay : an Anthology of Classic and Creative Nonfiction (00 Edition)by John (ed.) Loughery
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This anthology of seventeen modern essays shows the form at its most varied and dramatic. Purposefully concise, it gathers together exemplars of the personal narrative, the argument, the anecdotal essay, digressive discourse, the "open letter," and others. Some of the most engaging authors of our time write on subjects as diverse as becoming a doctor, cattle grazing rights, the death of Socrates, Anne Frank, computer culture, and how to detect "baloney" in all the verbiage that surrounds us. Included in the collection are essays by George Orwell, W. H. Auden, Bruno Bettelheim, Eudora Welty, Martin Luther King Jr., Joan Didion, Edward Abbey, Leo Marx, I. F. Stone, Pico Iyer, Amy Tan, Lewis Thomas, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann S. Causey, Carl Sagan, Ellen Ullman, and Opal Palmer Adisa. Arranged in chronological order, each selection begins with a note about the author and the essay that follows. The introduction discusses the history of the essay form and the reasons for its special vitality. engages the intellect and the passions, and offers the general reader the pleasures of cogent written discourse. At the same time, its carefully selected essays--each one superbly written and accessible--are well suited to study and discussion.
This anthology of seventeen modern essays shows the form at its most varied and dramatic. Purposefully concise, it gathers together exemplars of the personal narrative, the argument, the anecdotal essay, digressive discourse the "open letter, " and others. Some of the most engaging authors of our time write on subjects as diverse as becoming a doctor, cattle grazing rights, the death of Socrates, Anne Frank, computer culture, and how to detect "baloney" in all the verbiage that surrounds us.
A concise anthology of superb classic and creative nonfiction from the twentieth century.
About the Author
John Loughery is the author of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist John Sloan: Painter and Rebel and has edited the anthologies First Sightings: Contemporary Stories of American Youth, Into the Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories, and The Eloquent Essay: An Anthology of Classic & Creative Nonfiction. He teaches English at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.
Table of Contents
A hanging / George Orwell — The guilty vicarage / W.H. Auden — Writing and analyzing a story / Eudora Welty — The ignored lesson of Anne Frank / Bruno Bettelheim — Letter from a Birmingham jail / Martin Luther King Jr. — Georgia O'Keefe / Joan Didion — The cowboy and his cow / Edward Abbey — Huck at 100 / Leo Marx — In praise of the humble comma / Pico Iyer — When free speech was first condemned : the trial of Socrates reconsidered / I.F. Stone — Mother tongue / Amy Tan — Becoming a doctor / Lewis Thomas — How Mr. Dewey Decimal saved my life / Barbara Kingsolver — Is hunting ethical? / Ann S. Causey — The fine art of baloney detection / Carl Sagan — Space is numeric / Ellen Ullman — Lying in the tall grasses, eating cane / Opal Palmer Adisa.
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