9780393978827

The Norton Sampler

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    9780393978827

  • ISBN10:

    0393978826

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2003
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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Summary

The Norton Sampler is a collection of short essays for composition students. Like the cloth samplers that schoolchildren produced in colonial times to practice their stitches (and, at the same time, their ABCs), The Norton Sampler is based on the assumption that writing is a practical art that can be learned by studying some basic rhetorical patterns -- narration, description, comparison, and the like. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Thomas Cooley is professor of English at The Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Thematic Contents xvii
Preface xxv
Introduction 3(1)
The Death of a Moth
4(4)
Annie Dillard
How I Wrote the Moth Essay---and Why
8(8)
Annie Dillard
The Processes of Writing
16(1)
The Modes of Writing
16(2)
Mixing the Modes
18(3)
Description
21(33)
Real Time Writing / Catalog Description
26(2)
The Miss Dennis School of Writing
28(9)
Alice Steinbach
A View from the Bridge
37(5)
Cherokee Paul McDonald
No Rainbows, No Roses
42(5)
Beverly Dipo
No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch
47(7)
Ann Hodgman
Narrative
54(39)
Real Time Writing / Obituary
58(2)
The Ashen Guy: Lower Broadway, September 11, 2001
60(5)
Thomas Beller
The Lion in Winter
65(7)
Sebastian Junger
The Back of the Bus
72(9)
Mary Mebane
None of this is Fair
81(7)
Richard Rodriguez
Frank Sinatra's Gum
88(5)
Kelly Simon
Example
93(34)
Real Time Writing / Girl Scout Cookie Box
99(2)
The Onion All Seven Deadly Sins Committed at Church Bake Sale
101(5)
The Invisible Flying Cat
106(4)
Malcolm Browne
English is a Crazy Language
110(6)
Richard Lederer
Jazz: Music Beyond Time and Nations
116(7)
Nat Hentoff
Homeward Bound
123(4)
Janet Wu
Classification and Division
127(36)
Real Time Writing / www.dailycandy.com
130(2)
Mother Tongue
132(8)
Amy Tan
The Color of Success
140(6)
Eric A. Watts
What Do You Call a Platypus?
146(8)
Isaac Asimov
Science, Guided by Ethics, Can Lift Up the Poor
154(5)
Freeman J. Dyson
The Rise of the Blended American
159(4)
Jeff Jacoby
Process Analysis
163(37)
Real Time Writing / How to Make Razzleberry Lemonade
168(2)
How to Fend Off a Shark
170(4)
Joshua Piven
David Borgenicht
How Boys Become Men
174(5)
Jon Katz
The Spider and the Wasp
179(8)
Alexander Petrunkevitch
How to Write a Letter
187(5)
Garrison Keillor
How to Get Out of a Locked Trunk
192(8)
Philip Weiss
Comparison and Contrast
200(41)
Real Time Writing / Baseball Stats
204(2)
Grammy Rewards
206(3)
Deborah Dalfonso
Body Imperfect
209(3)
Debi Davis
Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
212(6)
Bruce Catton
Like Mexicans
218(6)
Gary Soto
Gender in the Classroom
224(9)
Deborah Tannen
Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa
233(8)
David Sedaris
Definition
241(35)
Real Time Writing / www.savethemanatee.org
244(2)
Guys vs. Men
246(8)
Dave Barry
In Praise of the Humble Comma
254(6)
Pico Iyer
How Come the Quantum?
260(5)
John Archibald Wheeler
Bop
265(4)
Langston Hughes
If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?
269(7)
Geeta Kothari
Cause and Effect
276(38)
Real Time Writing / Outside Magazine Q&A
282(2)
Climbing the Golden Arches
284(6)
Marissa Nunez
Prison Man Considers Turkey
290(5)
John Edwards
Who Killed Easter Island?
295(8)
Jared Diamond
A Giant Step
303(6)
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The Wounds That Can't Be Stitched Up
309(5)
Ruth Russell
Argument
314(44)
Real Time Writing / Sign on an Old House
320(2)
The Declaration of Independence
322(6)
Thomas Jefferson
The Island of Plenty
328(6)
Johnson C. Montgomery
The Price of Power: Living in the Nuclear Age
334(6)
Kori Quintana
Being Prepared in Suburbia
340(5)
Roger Verhulst
Safe-Sex Lies
345(7)
Meghan Daum
Reply to the U.S. Government
352(6)
Chief Seattle
Classic Essays
358(59)
A Modest Proposal
362(11)
Jonathan Swift
Politics and the English Language
373(15)
George Orwell
Learning the River
388(8)
Mark Twain
The Death of the Moth
396(4)
Virginia Woolf
Once More to the Lake
400(8)
E. B. White
On Keeping a Notebook
408(9)
Joan Didion
Glossary 417(8)
Permissions Acknowledgments 425(6)
Index 431

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