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The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present

The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present

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A monumental, canon-defining anthology of three centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith--selected by acclaimed essayist Phillip Lopate.

Not only an education but a joy. This is a book for the ages. --Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

The essay form is an especially democratic one, and many of the essays Phillip Lopate has gathered here address themselves--sometimes critically--to American values. We see the Puritans, the Founding Fathers and Mothers, and the stars of the American Renaissance struggle to establish a national culture. A grand tradition of nature writing runs from Audubon, Thoreau, and John Muir to Rachel Carson and Annie Dillard. Marginalized groups use the essay to assert or to complicate notions of identity. Lopate has cast his net wide, embracing critical, personal, political, philosophical, literary, polemical, autobiographical, and humorous essays. Americans by birth as well as immigrants appear here, famous essayists alongside writers more celebrated for fiction or poetry. The result is a dazzling overview of the riches of the American essay.

Author: Phillip Lopate
Publisher: Anchor Books
Published: 10/19/2021
Pages: 928
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 7.95h x 5.20w x 1.73d
ISBN: 9780525436270

About the Author
PHILLIP LOPATE is the author of To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction and four essay collections: Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body, and Portrait Inside My Head. He is the editor of the anthologies The Art of the Personal Essay, Writing New York, and American Movie Critics. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Cullman Center Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. He is a professor of writing at Columbia University's nonfiction MFA program, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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