Understanding the Essay

Understanding the Essay

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This is a book on how to read the essay, one that demonstrates how reading is inextricably tied to the art of writing. It aims to treat the essay with the close attention that has been given to other literary genres, and in doing so it suggests the beauty and depth of the form as a whole. At once personal appreciations and acute critical assessments, the pieces collected here broaden our perspective on the essay as a major literary art, tracing its history from William Hazlitt to Joan Didion.Perhaps this is because he grew up notjust in Princeton, New Jerseya€”where he still livesa€”but also in a summer camp near Middlebury, Vermont, where canoes and canoe travel were the specialty. He himselfis a man of many specialtiesa€”or anbsp;...

Title:Understanding the Essay
Author:Patricia Foster, Jeff Porter
Publisher:Broadview Press - 2012-07-25


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