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50 Essays: A Portable Anthology (High School Edition) for the AP® English Language Course

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-11-08
  • Publisher: MPS HIGH SCHOOL
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Containing both classic essays and contemporary readings, 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology helps you stay engaged as you establish the writing abilities required for academic success.

Author Biography

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

Preface for Instructors

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 Ngozi Adichie, To My One Love

    Sherman Alexie, The Joy of Reading and Writing: 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

Questions on Rhetoric and Style

    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 Space

    John 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

    Viriginia Woolf, Professions for Women

    Dave Zirin, Pre-Game

Documentation Guide

Glossary of Writing Terms

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