Best American Essays : Fifth College Edition

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
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Thematically arranged, The Best American Essays, Fifth Edition, presents highly regarded contemporary authors at their best. The essays, selected from the popular Houghton Mifflin trade series of the same name, also cover common rhetorical modes--including narration and argumentation--thereby providing instructors optimal flexibility with respect to course approach. In the introduction, Robert Atwan offers an overview of various types of essays in order to prepare students for the readings that follow. To further prepare students, "Essayists on the Essay" offers insightful commentaries about the genre from many of today's top writers.

Table of Contents

Encountering the Essay
What Are Essays?
Essays and Articles
Essays and Fiction
Autobiography and Truth
The Autobiographical "I" Writing the "Standard" Essay
Evaluating the "Standard" Essay
Essays Can Be a Risky Business: The Contemporary Essay
A Diversity of Forms and Voices
The Essay and Public Events
The Essay's Future Prologue
Essayists on the Essay
"What Is an Essay?"
"Resisting Definitions"
"The Ideal Essay"
"The Essay as Object"
"The Essay as Action"
"Essays and the Real World"
"The Essay's Subjectivity"
"No Standard Essay"
"The Essay's Diversity"
"The Memorable Essay"
"The Author's Gumption"
"Essays and the Imagination"
"Essays Versus Articles"
"Essays Versus Stories"
"Essays Versus Poems"
"Why Essays Can Confuse People"
"Essays Are Not Scientific Documents"
"The Essayist's Defensiveness"
"On Being an Essayist"
"Essayists Must Tell the Truth"
"The Essayist's Voice"
"Voice and Personality"
"The Demands of the First Person Singular"
"The 'Who Cares?' Factor"
"What 'Confessional Writing' Must Do"
"How the Essayist Acquires Authority"
"The Conversational Style"
"The Essay as Dialogue"
"The Attractions of Autobiography"
"The Essayist's Audience"
"Essays Start Out in Magazines"
"The Importance of Being Edited"
"On Certain Magazine Interviews"
"Listening to People Think"
"On the Subjects of Essays"
"The Essay's Unlimited Possibilities"
The Personal Voice: Identity, Diversity, Self-Discovery
"The Telephone"
"Two Questions"
"Silent Dancing"
"Westbury Court"
"The Blue Machinery of Summer"
"My Friend Lodovico"
"Book Marks"
"Silk Parachute"
"The Inheritance of Tools"
"Black Swans"
"Mother Tongue"
The Attentive Mind: Observation, Reflection, Insight
"Turning Point"
"The Stunt Pilot"
"Joyas Voladoras"
"Memoria ex Machina"
"Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog"
"A Loveley Sort of Lower Purpose"
"The Stone Horse"
"They All Just Went Away"
"Ali in Havana"
"The Disposable Rocket"
The Public Sphere
Advocacy, Argument, Controversy
"Think About It"
"Shouting 'Fire!'"
"What's Wrong with Animal Rights"
"On Seeing England for the First Time"
"Living Will"
"Exquisite Corpse"
"Citizenship in Emergency"
"The Singer Solution to World Poverty"
"Six Seconds"
"Dining with Robots"
"The Killing Game"
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