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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, Seventh College 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. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
- The seventh college edition features 12 new readings, including Chang-Rae Lee, "Magical Dinners"; Christy Vannoy, "A Personal Essay by a Personal Essay"; Jerald Walker, "The Mechanics of Being"; Reshma Memon YaQub, "The Washing"; Sue Allison, "Taking a Reading"; Amy Leach, "You Be the Moon"; Alan Lightman, "The Accidental Universe"; Patricia Smith, "Pearl, Upward"; Bridget Potter, "Lucky Girl"; Jill McCorkle, "Cuss Time"; John H. Summers, "Gettysburg Regress"; John Edgar Wideman, "Fatheralong."
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- An updated prologue features key remarks on writing.
- A comprehensive, student-produced interview with Atwan includes the author's commentary, as well as his thoughts on many elements of the writing process.
- The "Essayists on the Essay" section features well-known writers sharing their perspectives on writing and reading essays. This section contains a collection of commentaries from guest editors of the trade series, including Annie Dillard, Joseph Epstein, Elizabeth Hardwick, and Justin Kaplan.
- Each selection is preceded by a biographical headnote and followed by a brief set of questions for class discussion or writing.
Introduction and Prologue.
1. THE PERSONAL VOICE: IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, SELF-DISCOVERY.
Anwar F. Accawi, "The Telephone"; Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Silent Dancing"; Edwidge Danticat, "Westbury Court"; Yusef Komunyakaa, "The Blue Machinery of Summer"; Chang-Rae Lee, "Magical Dinners"; Scott Russell Sanders, "The Inheritance of Tools"; Lauren Slater, "Tripp Lake"; Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue"; Ryan Van Meter, "First"; Christy Vannoy, "A Personal Essay by a Personal Essay"; Jerald Walker, "The Mechanics of Being"; Reshma Memon YaQub, "The Washing"
2. THE ATTENTIVE MIND: OBSERVATION, REFLECTION, INSIGHT.
Sue Allison, "Taking a Reading"; Annie Dillard, "The Stunt Pilot"; Brian Doyle, "Joyas Voladoras"; Kitty Burns Florey, "Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog"; Patricia Hampl, "The Dark Art of Description"; Amy Leach, "You Be the Moon"; Ariel Levy, "The Lesbian Bride’s Handbook"; Alan Lightman, "The Accidental Universe"; Joyce Carol Oates, "They All Just Went Away"; David Sedaris, "This Old House"; Patricia Smith, "Pearl, Upward"; Gay Talese, "Ali in Havana"
3. THE PUBLIC SPHERE: ADVOCACY, ARGUMENT, CONTROVERSY.
Alan M. Dershowitz, "Shouting ‘Fire!’"; George Gessert, "An Orgy of Power"; Garret Keizer, "Loaded"; Jamaica Kincaid, "On Seeing England for the First Time"; Michael Lewis, "The Mansion: A Subprime Parable"; Danielle Ofri, "Living Will"; Bridget Potter, "Lucky Girl"; Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"; Jill McCorkle, "Cuss Time"; John H. Summers, "Gettysburg Regress"; John Edgar Wideman, "Fatheralong"; Edward O. Wilson, "Apocalypse Now".