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Fifty Essays 3e

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50 Essays: A Portable Anthology is the best-selling value-priced reader in the country because its virtues don't stop at the price. Its carefully chosen selections include enough classic essays to reassure instructors, and enough high-interest and high-quality contemporary readings to keep things lively and relevant for students. The editorial apparatus is more extensive than in competing value readers, but still is flexible and unobtrusive enough to support a variety of approaches to teaching composition. In its third edition, 50 Essays continues to offer selections that instructors enjoy teaching, at a price students won't resist, but with more editorial emphasis than before on the critical thinking and academic writing skills of today's composition courses.

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 where he won the 2008 Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s (University of Iowa Press, 2009) and has published in such journals as Novel, Clio, Twentieth-Century Literature, The Journal of Basic Writing, and Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists. He is also coauthor of Literature: The Human Experience, Tenth Edition.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors

Alternate Tables of Contents

     By Theme

     By Paired Readings

     By Rhetorical Mode

     By Purpose

     By Chronological Order

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

     *Student Essay: Jonathon Schaff, “Dangerous Duality: How Racism Splits Us in Two”

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

Maya Angelou, Graduation

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

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

* Rachel Carson, The Obligation to Endure

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

* Jared Diamond, The Ends of the World as We Know Them

* Joan Didion, On Morality

* Annie Dillard, Seeing

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, Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs

Langston Hughes, Salvation

Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

* Steven Johnson, Everything Bad Is Good for You: Games

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman

* Verlyn Klinkenborg, Our Vanishing Night

* Audre Lorde, The Fourth of July

Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple

Malcolm X, Learning to Read

* Bill McKibben, Curbing Nature's Paparazzi

N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain

Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America

George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

* Plato, Allegory of the Cave

* Michael Pollan, What's Eating America

Richard Rodriguez, Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood

Mike Rose, “I Just Wanna Be Average”

* Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds

* Eric Schlosser, Kid Kustomers

* David Sedaris, A Plague of Tics

* Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

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, Ain't I a Woman?

Sarah Vowell, Shooting Dad

* Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

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

Product Details

Bedford Books
Cohen, Samuel
Edition Description:
Third Edition
Publication Date:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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