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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. The book’s carefully chosen selections include both classic essays and high-interest, high-quality contemporary readings to truly engage students. The editorial apparatus is flexible and unobtrusive enough to support a variety of approaches to teaching composition. In its fifth edition, 50 Essays continues to help students acquire the critical thinking and academic writing skills they need to succeed, without making a dent in their wallets.
Samuel Cohen (PhD, City University of New York) is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s, co-editor (with Lee Konstantinou) of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace, Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture, and has published in such journals as Novel, Clio, Twentieth-Century Literature, The Journal of Basic Writing, and Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he is author of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology and coauthor of Literature: The Human Experience.
Table of Contents
NOTE: Sherman Alexie, "The Joy of Reading and Writing" is not available in the e-book by preference of the author.Alternative Tables of Contents By Rhetorical Mode By Purpose By Theme By Clusters and Paired Readings By Chronological Order Introduction for Students: Active Reading,Critical Thinking, and the Writing Process *Chimamanda Adichie, To My One Love Sherman Alexie, "The Joy of Reading and Writing" is not available in the e-book by preference of Sherman Alexie.Superman and Me Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue Barbara Lazear Ascher, On Compassion James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son *James Boswell, On War William F. Buckley Jr., Why Don’t We Complain? Alan Burdick, The Truth about Invasive Species Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid? *Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Paranoid Style of American Policing Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María *Daniel Defoe, The Education of Women *Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write Brian Doyle, Joyas Voladores Barbara Ehrenreich, Serving in Florida Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie Malcolm Gladwell, Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted*Christina Henriquez, Lunch Langston Hughes, Salvation Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence *Camden Joy, Surviving Sinatra Jamaica Kincaid, The Ugly Tourist Stephen King, Reading to Write Verlyn Klinkenborg, Our Vanishing Night Audre Lorde, The Fourth of July Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple Malcolm X, Learning to Read *John McPhee, The Search for Marvin Gardens *Lydia Millet, Victor’s Hall Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant Plato, The Allegory of the Cave Richard Rodriguez, from Aria Mike Rose, "I Just Wanna Be Average" *Oliver Sacks, My Periodic Table *David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day Brent Staples, Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public SpaceJohn Jeremiah Sullivan, Feet in Smoke Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal Amy Tan, Mother Tongue Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience *James Thurber, The Subjunctive Mood *Miya Tokumitsu, In the Name of Love E. B. White, Once More to the Lake *Colson Whitehead, The Loser Edit *Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women *Dave Zirin, Pre-GameDocumentation GuideGlossary of Writing Terms