Fifty Great Essays (Penguin Academic Series)

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-04
  • Publisher: Longman
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Fifty Great Essaysprovides an outstanding collection of classic and contemporary writing as part of Longman's Penguin Academics Series of low-cost, high-quality offerings. This medium-sized reader features a collection of eminently teachable and rewarding essays. Combining commonly taught, classic essays with the best of contemporary writing,Fifty Great Essaysprovides flexible options. The selections are diverse in both subject matter and authorship. They have been chosen as models of good writing, as well as for their usefulness as springboards for writing. An introductory section informs the reader about the characteristics of the essay form and offers instruction both on reading essays critically and on the process of writing effective essays.

Author Biography

Robert DiYanni's Fifty Great Essays is a compelling collection of teachable and rewarding essays for today's college composition courses, including works by authors ranging from William Hazlitt to Langston Hughes, and from George Orwell to David Sedaris. Combining frequently taught classic essays with the best of contemporary writing, Fifty Great Essays provides flexible options for every classroom, with selections that offer both models of good professional writing and appropriate springboards for student writing.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Reading and Writingp. 1
How to Tame a Wild Tonguep. 30
Facts on the Groundp. 42
Of Studiesp. 52
Road Warriorp. 55
Toysp. 59
Letter to His Sonp. 62
Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhoodp. 64
Calculated Risksp. 70
Natural Selectionp. 80
On Self-Respectp. 92
Living Like Weaselsp. 97
teaming to Read and Writep. 102
Joyas Voladorasp. 108
About Menp. 112
Living with Musicp. 116
The Value of Sciencep. 126
Arriving at Perfectionp. 133
The Company Manp. 137
More Than Just a Shrine-Ellis Islandp. 140
On the Pleasure of Hatingp. 146
Dwellingsp. 157
The Colonelp. 263
Salvationp. 169
How It Feels to Be Colored Mep. 172
Nowhere Manp. 177
On Seeing England for the First Timep. 181
Letter from Birmingham Jailp. 192
Why We Crave Horror Moviesp. 209
On Discoveryp. 222
The Gettysburg Addressp. 215
The Morals of the Princep. 217
Cat People us. Dog Peoplep. 226
The Way to Rainy Mountainp. 233
Of Smellsp. 240
Are You Somebody?p. 243
Shooting an Elephantp. 246
Under the Influencep. 254
Cyclopsp. 268
The World Is All That Is the Casep. 274
A Woman's Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?p. 284
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutionsp. 288
Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Spacep. 292
A Modest Proposalp. 296
Mother Tonguep. 305
Why I Went to the Woodsp. 312
And Ain't I a Woman?p. 319
Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Selfp. 321
Once More to the Lakep. 329
A Vindication of the Rights of Womanp. 336
The Death of the Mothp. 340
Creditsp. 345
Indexp. 349
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