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Fifty Great Essays (Penguin Academics Series)

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780321261625

ISBN10:
0321261623
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/7/2004
Publisher(s):
Pearson Higher Education

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Summary

KEY FEATURE:Fifty Great Essaysoffers an outstanding collection of classic and contemporary writing as part of Longman's distinguished Penguin Academic Series, sharing the low-cost, high-quality goals of the widely-admired Penguin Classics series. A wide range of essays at an affordable price, Fifty Great Essaysoffers readers an excellent introduction into the world of great essay-writing. Selections range from classic essayssuch as E.B. White's, "Beauty" and Frederick Douglass', "Learning to Read and Write" to contemporary essayssuch as Mary Wollstonecraft's, "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" and Nancy Mairs, "On Being a Cripple." General readers.

Author Biography

Robert DiYanni is Director of International Services in the Advanced Placement Program at The College Board. Dr. DiYanni, who holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, has taught English and Humanities at a variety of institutions, including NYU, CUNY, and Harvard. He has written and edited more than two dozen books, mostly for college students of writing, literature, and humanities.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
INTRODUCTION: READING AND WRITING ESSAYS 1(30)
History and Context
1(4)
Pleasures of the Essay
5(2)
Types of Essays
7(2)
Reading Essays
9(6)
Reading Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels"
10(5)
Writing Essays
15(14)
The Qualities of Good Writing
15(1)
An Overview of the Writing Process
16(1)
Planning
16(1)
Drafting
17(1)
Revising
18(1)
Writing from Reading-An Example
19(2)
Freewriting
21(2)
Double-Column Notebook
23(2)
Writing a Summary
25(2)
Going Further
27(1)
Observing Details
27(1)
Connecting Details
28(1)
Making Inferences
28(1)
Arriving at an Interpretation
29(2)
MAYA ANGELOU
Graduation
31(13)
GLORIA ANZALDÚA
How to Tame a Wild Tongue
44(14)
FRANCIS BACON
Of Studies
58(3)
DAVE BARRY
Road Warrior
61(4)
SUSAN BROWNMILLER
Femininity
65(6)
JUDITH ORTIZ COFER
Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood
71(7)
BERNARD COOPER
Burl's
78(11)
JOAN DIDION
Marrying Absurd
89(5)
ANNIE DILLARD
Living Like Weasels
94(6)
FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Learning to Read and Write
100(7)
GRETEL EHRLICH
About Men
107(5)
RALPH ELLISON
Living with Music
112(10)
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Arriving at Perfection
122(5)
HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.
In the Kitchen
127(8)
ATUL GAWANDE
Crimson Tide
135(14)
MALCOLM GLADWELL
The Tipping Point
149(11)
ELLEN GOODMAN
The Company Man
160(3)
MARY GORDON
More than Just a Shrine-Ellis Island
163(6)
STEPHEN JAY GOULD
Women's Brains
169(8)
WILLIAM HAZLITT
On the Pleasure of Hating
177(11)
EDWARD HOAGLAND
The Courage of Turtles
188(8)
LANGSTON HUGHES
Salvation
196(4)
PICO IYER
Nowhere Man
200(4)
JAMAICA KINCAID
On Seeing England for the First Time
204(12)
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Letter from Birmingham Jail
216(18)
MAXINE HONG KINGSTON
On Discovery
234(3)
CHARLES LAMB
A Bachelor's Complaint
237(7)
CHANG-RAE LEE
Corning Horne Again
244(11)
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
The Gettysburg Address
255(2)
NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI
The Morals of the Prince
257(10)
NANCY MAIRS
On Being a Cripple
267(14)
N. SCOTT MOMADAY
The Way to Rainy Mountain
281(7)
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Of Smells
288(4)
GEORGE ORWELL
Shooting an Elephant
292(9)
CYNTHIA OZICK
The Sewn of the Snail
301(4)
ALEXANDER PETRUNKEVITCH
The Spider and the Wasp
305(6)
SCOTT RUSSELL SANDERS
Under the Influence
311(14)
RICHARD SELZER
The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold
325(6)
SUSAN SONTAG
A Woman's Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?
331(4)
ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
335(4)
BRENT STAPLES
Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space
339(5)
JONATHAN SWIFT
A Modest Proposal
344(9)
AMY TAN
Mother Tongue
353(7)
JAMES THURBER
University Days
360(7)
SOJOURNER TRUTH
Aren't I a Woman?
367(3)
ALICE WALKER
Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self
370(9)
E.B. WHITE
Once More to the Lake
379(7)
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT
A Vindication of the Rights of Women
386(4)
VIRGINIA WOOLF
The Death of the Moth
390(4)
RICHARD WRIGHT
Writing and Reading
394(15)
Credits 409(4)
Index 413


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