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* One quarter of the essays are new to this edition with classic selections from such esteemed writers are George Bernard Shaw and Herman Melville to dynamic contemporary voices including Mark Doty and Walker Percy.
* A new thematic Table of Contents and a new Rhetorical Table of Contents have been added to offer ways of teaching the essays found in the anthology.
* In response to instructors' requests, headnotes have been sharpened and tightened to focus on the biography of the writer.
Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue
Francis Bacon, Of Studies
James Baldwin, If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me What Is
Dave Barry, Road Warrior
Roland Barthes, Toys
Hilaire Belloc, On Sacramental Things
Sven Birkerts, Into the Electronic Millennium
Judy Brady, I Want a Wife
Jacob Bronowski, The Nature of Scientific Reasoning
Jane Brox, Influenza 1918
Angela Carter, The Wound in the Face
G. K. Chesterton, The Fallacy of Success
Judith Oriz Cofer, Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood
K. C Cole, Uncertainty
Bernard Cooper, Labyrinthine
Joan Didion, On Self-Respect
Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels
John Donne, No Man is an Island
Mark Doty, Souls on Ice
Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write
Brian Doyle, Joyas Voladoras
Andre Dubus, Lights of the Long Night
Barbara Ehrenreich, Family Values
Gretel Ehrlich, About Men
Loren Eiseley, The Flow of the River
Ralph Ellison, Living with Music
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
Richard Feynman, The Value of Science
Ben Franklin, Arriving at Perfection
Paul Fussell, Uniforms
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
Ellen Goodman, The Company Man
Mary Gordon, More Than Just a Shrine—Ellis Island
Stephen Jay Gould, Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs
Gordon Grice, The Black Widow
J. B. S. Haldane, On Being the Right Size
William Hazlitt, On the Pleasure of Hating
Eva Hoffman, Lost in Translation
Michael Hogan, The Colonel
Barbara Holland, Naps
Langston Hughes, Salvation
Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Pico Iyer, Nowhere Man
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Samuel Johnson, The Decay of Friendship
Yoshida Kenko, Uncertainty
Jamaica Kincaid, On Seeing England for the First Time
Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies
Barbara Kingsolver,Stone Soup
Maxine Hong Kingston, On Discovery
August Kleinzahler, The Dog, The Family: A Household Tale
Robin Topmach Lakoff, You Are What You Say
Charles Lamb, A Bachelor’s Complaint
D. H. Lawrence, On Ben Franklin’s Virtues
Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
Niccolò Macchiavelli, The Morals of the Prince
Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
John McPhee, Silk Parachute
Herman Melville, The Advocate
H.L. Mencken, Portrait of an Ideal World
Laura Miller, Cat People vs. Dog People
Horace Miner, Body Ritual Among the Nacirema
N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
Michelle de Montaigne, Of Smells
Nuala O’Faolain, Are You Somebody?
George Orwell, Some Thoughts on the Common Toad
Cynthia Ozick, The Seam of the Snail
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave
Katherine Anne Porter, The Necessary Enemy
James Harvey Robinson, On Various Kinds of Thinking
Richard Rodriguez, Heading into Darkness Once Again
Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds
Luc Sante, What Secrets Tell
Samuel H. Scudder, Look at Your Fish
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
Richard Selzer, The Masked Marvel’s Last Toe-hold
G. B. Shaw, The Gospel of Andrew Undershaft
Leonard Shlain, Nonverbal/Verbal
Lee Siegel, The World Is All That Is the Case
Leslie Marmon Silko, Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination
Susan Sontag, A Woman’s Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
Brent Staples, Just Walk on By
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
Paul Theroux, On Being a Man
Lewis Thomas, Crickets, Cats, Bats, & Chaos
Henry David Thoreau, Why I Went to the Woods
Sojourner Truth, Ain’t I a Woman?
Mark Twain, Reading the Mississippi River
Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster
Eudora Welty, Clamorous to Learn
E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
Terry Tempest Williams, A Shark in the Mind of One Contemplating Wilderness
E. O. Wilson, The Bird of Paradise: The Hunter and the Poet
Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff
Geoffrey Wolff, The Duke of Deception
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth
Fareed Zakaria, The Rise of the Rest
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Robert DiYanni is Adjunct Professor of Humanities at New York University. Dr. DiYanni, who holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, has taught English and Humanitiesat at a variety of institutions including NYU, CUNY, and Harvard. He has written and edited many books for college students of writing, literature, and humanities.
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