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"The Best American Essays, International Edition", presents highly regarded contemporary authors at their best. The essays are thematically arranged and selected from the popular trade series of the same name. They also cover common rhetorical modes, including narration and argumentation, providing instructors optimal flexibility with respect to course approach. In the introduction, Robert Atwan offers an overview of various types of essays 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.
Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the "New York Times" best-selling author of "Wild" and the writer of the celebrated column "Dear Sugar," this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays.
This singular collection is nothing less than a political, spiritual, and intensely personal record of America’s tumultuous modern age, as experienced by our foremost critics, commentators, activists, and artists. Joyce Carol Oates has collected a group of works that are both intimate and important, essays that move from personal experience to larger significance without severing the connection between speaker and audience. From Ernest Hemingway covering bullfights in Pamplona to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” these essays fit, in the words of Joyce Carol Oates, “into a kind of mobile mosaic suggest[ing] where we’ve come from, and who we are, and where we are going.” Among those whose work is included are Mark Twain, John Muir, T. S. Eliot, Richard Wright, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin, Tom Wolfe, Susan Sontag, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Joan Didion, Cynthia Ozick, Saul Bellow, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward Hoagland, and Annie Dillard.
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There is no better time to curl up in a comfortable chair and read
than in wintertime. And winter has been a powerful muse for many of
America's best loved poets. The elegant patterns of frost on a
windowpane, a child on a sled, a lone fox foraging for food on a
desolate landscape, the comic smile of a snowman, the sobering
sight of an unkempt man huddled against the cold, or a pair of red
slippers glimpsed in a shop window in a gray, windy sleet have all
provided inspiration for poems that sustain and renew us.
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"The Language of Spring" collects some thirty of the most evocative
English-language poems on the experience of spring. The poems range
from the traditional and formal (Gerard Manley Hopkins"s "Spring"
and Edna St. Vincent Millay"s "English Sparrows") to the
contemporary, experimental, and diverse (Henry Reed"s "Naming of
Parts," Marie Ponsot"s "Mauve," and William Carlos Williams"s "The
Widow"s Lament in Springtime"). Each poem beautifully illuminates
another small spot of time in the enthralling season of renewal.
Edited by award-winning poet and essayist Mary Oliver, the latest edition of this "rich and thoughtful collection" ("Publishers Weekly") offers the finest essays "judiciously selected from countless publications" ("Chicago Tribune").
Here you will find the finest essays "judiciously selected from
countless publications" (Chicago Tribune), ranging from The New
Yorker and Harper's to Swink and Pinch. In his introduction to this
year's edition, Adam Gopnik finds that great essays have "text and
inner text, personal story and larger point, the thing you're
supposed to be paying attention to and some other thing you're
really interested in." David Sedaris's quirky, hilarious account of
a childhood spent yearning for a home where history was properly
respected is also a poignant rumination on surviving the passage of
time. In "The Ecstasy of Influence," Jonathan Lethem ponders the
intriguing phenomenon of cryptomnesia: a person believes herself to
be creating something new but is really recalling similar,
previously encountered work. Ariel Levy writes in "The Lesbian
Bride's Handbook" of her efforts to plan a party that accurately
reflects her lifestyle (which she notes is "not black-tie!") as she
confronts head-on what it means to be married. And Lauren Slater is
off to "Tripp Lake," recounting the one summer she spent at camp--a
summer of color wars, horseback riding, and the "wild sadness" that
settled in her when she was away from home.
"The essays in this volume are powerful, plainspoken meditations on
birthing, dying, and all the business in between," writes Lauren
Slater in her introduction to the 2006 edition. "They reflect the
best of what we, as a singular species, have to offer, which is
reflection in a context of kindness. The essays tell hard-won tales
wrestled sometimes from great pain."
The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for
the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each
volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of
periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field,
then chooses the very best twenty or so pieces to publish. This
unique system has made the Best American series the most
respected--and most popular--of its kind.
Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become
the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction
and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from
hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred
outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so
very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a
leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped
make the Best American series the most respected -- and most
popular -- of its kind.
Since 1986, The Best American Essays has gathered the most interesting and provocative writing of the year, establishing a firm place as the leading annual of its kind. The volume is edited each year by an esteemed writer who brings a fresh eye to the selections. Previous editors have included Elizabeth Hardwick, Susan Sontag, Geoffrey C. Ward, Cynthia Ozick, and Stephen Jay Gould. This year’s volume is terrifically diverse, with subjects ranging from driving lessons to animal rights to citizenship in times of emergency.
This year’s Best American Essays is edited by the best-selling, award-winning writer Kathleen Norris, whose books include Dakota andThe Virgin of Bennington. “The writers in this volume invite us into hidden places: a surgical pathologist’s laboratory, the boxing gym where a college professor and his student learn unexpected lessons about discipline, pain, and growing to adulthood. There are many discoveries to be made here, and I gladly invite the reader to an uncommonly rich and rewarding book.” — Kathleen Norris
The provocative and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens takes the helm of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this perennial favorite that is "reliable and yet still surprising--the best of the best" ("Kirkus Reviews").
Drawing a unique map of the history of English poetry, Chapters Into Verse surveys and defines the literary legacy of the Scriptures from the fourteenth century to the present. Arranged in scriptural order from Genesis to Revelation, the book presents each poem alongside the biblical passage that inspired it. Thus readers can conveniently witness the various ways sacred text has sparked the imagination of poets throughout the ages. The editors have included poems by virtually all the prominent religious poets--among them John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Edward Taylor, and Gerard Manly Hopkins. Included, too, are devotional and visionary works from a wide range of vintage poets--Robert Burns, William Blake, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Alfred Tennyson, and Robert Browning. Proving that the Bible is just as powerful a source of inspiration today as it was in the past, the collection also assembles a mixed congregation of modern and contemporary poets, such as Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Countee Cullen, e.e. cummings, William Butler Yeats, Laura (Riding) Jackson, A.D. Hope, Denise Levertov, and Philip Levine.
Of enduring interest to readers of both scripture and literature, this anthology illuminates key passages of the Old and New Testament. In selection after selection, readers will encounter an astonishing variety of religious experiences, as a host of poets from many eras and many backgrounds respond to Holy Scripture profoundly and imaginatively.
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