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Fifty Great Essays (Penguin Academics Series), 2nd edition

  • Robert DiYanni

Published by Pearson Higher Education (June 7th 2004) - Copyright © 2005

2nd edition

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One Hundred Great Essays provides that number of the most exemplary and rewarding selections available in the English language. KEY TOPICS: The anthology combines classic essays of great instructional value together with the most frequently anthologized essays of recent note by today's most highly regarded writers. The selections exhibit a broad range of diversity in subject matter and authorship. All essays have been selected for their utility as both models for writing and for their usefulness as springboards for independent writing. An introductory section informs readers about the qualities of the essay form and offers instruction on how to read essays critically and use the writing process to develop their own essays. MARKET: For those interested in learning about reading, writing and critical thinking by studying examples of great writing.

Table of contents


Introduction: Reading and Writing Essays.

History and Context.

Pleasures of the Essay.

Types of Essays.

Reading Essays--Reading Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels."

Writing Essays.

Writing from Reading--An Example.

Susan Sontag: "A Woman's Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?"

Maya Angelou, Graduation.

Gloria AnzaldĂșa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue.

Francis Bacon, Of Studies.

James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son.

Dave Barry, Road Warrior.

Susan Brownmiller, Femininity.

Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman.

Bernard Cooper, Burl's.

Joan Didion, Marrying Absurd.

Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels.

Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write.

Gretel Ehrlich, About Men.

Loren Eiseley, The Flow of the River.

Ralph Ellison, Living with Music.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature.

E.M. Forster, What I Believe.

Ellen Goodman, The Company Man.

Mary Gordon, Ellis Island.

Stephen Jay Gould, Women's Brains.

Edward Hoagland, The Courage of Turtles.

Langston Hughes, Salvation.

Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me.

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence.

Jamaica Kincaid, On Seeing England for the First Time.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman.

Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address.

NiccolĂČ Machiavelli, The Morals of the Prince.

Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple.

N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain.

Michel de Montaigne, Of Smells.

George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant.

Cynthia Ozick, The Seam of the Snail.

Richard Rodriguez, The Achievement of Desire.

Scott Russell Sanders, Under the Influence.

Richard Selzer, The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions.

Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space.

Amy Tan, Mother Tongue.

Deborah Tannen, Men and Women Talking.

Henry David Thoreau, Why I Went to the Woods.

James Thurber, University Days.

Sojourner Truth, Aren't I a Woman?

Mark Twain, eading the River.

Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self.

E.B. White, Once More to the Lake.

Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff.

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women.

Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth.

Richard Wright, Writing and Reading.

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