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40 Model Essays : A Portable Anthology



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    40 Model Essays : A Portable Anthology


In response to requests from instructors and students for shorter and less expensive composition readers,40 Model Essays-- featuring material adapted from the successfulThe Compact Reader-- offers about half the usual number of readings for about half the price of similar books.

Author Biography

JANE E. AARON is a professional writer and editor as well as an experienced teacher. She is the author of the best-selling Little, Brown Handbook and coeditor of the best-selling Bedford Reader, Eighth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003). She has served as consultant, editor, or writer on more than a dozen other textbooks for the first-year composition course.

Table of Contents

  Introduction: Reading and Writing
    Barbara Lazear Ascher, The Box Man
  1. Description
    E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
    Joan Didion, The Santa Ana
    Judith Ortiz Cofer, Silent Dancing
    M. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
  2. Narration
    Langston Hughes, Salvation
    Annie Dillard, The Chase
    Maya AngelouChampion of the World
    George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
  3. Example
    Perry Klass, She's Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D.
    Anna Quindlen, Homeless
    David Sedaris, Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa
    Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space
  4. Division or Analysis
    Emily Prager, Our Barbies, Ourselves
    Margaret Visser, The Ritual of Fast Food
    Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds
  5. Classification
    Russell Baker, The Plot Against People
    Deborah Tannen, But What Do You Mean?
    Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie
  6. Process Analysis
    Lars Eighner, Dumpster Diving
    Anne Lamott, The Crummy First Draft
    Jessica Mitford, Embalming Mr. Jones
  7. Comparison and Contrast
    Suzanne Britt, Neat People vs. Sloppy People
    Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
    Nancy Mairs, Disability
    Richard Rodriguez, Private Language, Public Language
  8. Definition
    Judy Brady, I Want a Wife
    Noel Perrin, The Androgynous Man
    Gloria Naylor, The Meanings of a Word
    Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
  9. Cause and Effect Analysis
    Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
    Barbara Ehrenreich, Cultural Baggage
    K.C. Cole, Women and Science
    Steven Jay Gould, Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs
  10. Argument and Persuasion
    A Debate on Capital Punishment
       Edward I. Koch, Death and Justice
       David Bruck, The Death Penalty
    William F. Buckley, Why Don't We Complain?
    Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream
    Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women
    Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
  Index of Titles and Authors

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