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

by Phillip Lopate (Editor)

Other authors: Edward Abbey (Contributor), Jane Addams (Contributor), Hannah Arendt (Contributor), John James Audubon (Contributor), Mary Austin (Contributor)95 more, James Baldwin (Contributor), Randolph Bourne (Contributor), Kenneth Burke (Contributor), John Burroughs (Contributor), Rachel Carson (Contributor), Willa Cather (Contributor), John Jay Chapman (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), Guy Davenport (Contributor), J. Hector St John de Crèvecœur (Contributor), Martin R. Delany (Contributor), John Dewey (Contributor), Joan Didion (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Contributor), Frederick Douglass (Contributor), Theodore Dreiser (Contributor), W.E.B. Du Bois (Contributor), Finley Peter Dunne (Contributor), Jonathan Edwards (Contributor), Albert Einstein (Contributor), Loren Eiseley (Contributor), Ralph Ellison (Contributor), Ralph Waldo Emerson (Contributor), Nora Ephron (Contributor), Sui Sin Far (Contributor), Fanny Fern (Contributor), MFK Fisher (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Benjamin Franklin (Contributor), Margaret Fuller (Contributor), William H. Gass (Contributor), Katharine Fullerton Gerould (Contributor), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Contributor), Emma Goldman (Contributor), Vivian Gornick (Contributor), Clement Greenberg (Contributor), Sarah Moore Grimke (Contributor), Alexander Hamilton (Contributor), Elizabeth Hardwick (Contributor), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Rolando Hinojosa (Contributor), Robert Cortes Holliday (Contributor), Oliver Wendell Holmes (Contributor), William Dean Howells (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), John Brinckerhoff Jackson (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), William James (Contributor), Thomas Jefferson (Contributor), James Weldon Johnson (Contributor), Jamaica Kincaid (Contributor), Martin Luther King Jr (Contributor), Wayne Koestenbaum (Contributor), Abraham Lincoln (Contributor), Audre Lorde (Contributor), Norman Mailer (Contributor), Nancy Mairs (Contributor), Cotton Mather (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), Herman Melville (Contributor), HL Mencken (Contributor), Leonard Michaels (Contributor), N. Scott Momaday (Contributor), Christopher Morley (Contributor), John Muir (Contributor), Lewis Mumford (Contributor), Judith Sargent Murray (Contributor), Cynthia Ozick (Contributor), Thomas Paine (Contributor), Dorothy Parker (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Agnes Repplier (Contributor), Adrienne Rich (Contributor), Marilynne Robinson (Contributor), Richard Rodriguez (Contributor), George Santayana (Contributor), William Saroyan (Contributor), Zadie Smith (Contributor), Susan Sontag (Contributor), Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Contributor), Wallace Stegner (Contributor), Gertrude Stein (Contributor), Lewis Thomas (Contributor), Henry David Thoreau (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), Paul Tillich (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), David Foster Wallace (Contributor), George Washington (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), E. B. White (Contributor), Walt Whitman (Contributor), Edmund Wilson (Contributor)

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"A monumental, canon-defining anthology of four centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith. Many of the essays Phillip Lopate has gathered here address themselves--sometimes critically--to American values, but even in those that don't, one can detect a subtext about being American. The Founding Fathers and early American writers self-consciously struggle to establish a recognizable national culture. The shining stars of the mid-nineteenth-century American Renaissance no longer lack confidence but face new reckonings with the oppression of blacks and women. The New World tradition of nature writing runs from Audubon and Thoreau and John Muir to Rachel Carson and Annie Dillard. Marginalized groups in all periods use the essay to assert or to complicate notions of identity. Lopate has cast his net intentionally wide, embracing critical, personal, political, philosophical, humorous, literary, polemical, and autobiographical essays, and making room for sermons, letters, speeches, and columns, dealing with a wide variety of subjects. Americans by birth as well as immigrants appear here, and famous essayists alongside writers more celebrated for fiction or poetry. The result is an extensive overview of the endless riches of the American essay"--… (more)
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Poetry, whereof we have now even an antediluvian piece in our hands, has from the beginning been in such request, that I must needs recommend unto you some acquaintance with it.
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"A monumental, canon-defining anthology of four centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith. Many of the essays Phillip Lopate has gathered here address themselves--sometimes critically--to American values, but even in those that don't, one can detect a subtext about being American. The Founding Fathers and early American writers self-consciously struggle to establish a recognizable national culture. The shining stars of the mid-nineteenth-century American Renaissance no longer lack confidence but face new reckonings with the oppression of blacks and women. The New World tradition of nature writing runs from Audubon and Thoreau and John Muir to Rachel Carson and Annie Dillard. Marginalized groups in all periods use the essay to assert or to complicate notions of identity. Lopate has cast his net intentionally wide, embracing critical, personal, political, philosophical, humorous, literary, polemical, and autobiographical essays, and making room for sermons, letters, speeches, and columns, dealing with a wide variety of subjects. Americans by birth as well as immigrants appear here, and famous essayists alongside writers more celebrated for fiction or poetry. The result is an extensive overview of the endless riches of the American essay"--

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  • Of Poetry and Style (1726) / Cotton Mather
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741) / Jonathan Edwards
  • Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs (1776) / Thomas Paine
  • On the Situation, Feelings, and Thought of an American Farmer (1782) / Hector St. John de Crèvecœur
  • Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America (1784) / Benjamin Franklin
  • "Publius" The Federalist I (1787) / Alexander Hamilton
  • Religion (1787) / Thomas Jefferson
  • On the Equality of the Sexes (1790) / Judith Sargent Murray
  • Farewell Address (1796) / George Washington
  • The Author's Account of Himself (1819) / Washington Irving
  • The Passenger Pigeon (1835) / John James Audubon
  • On the Condition of Women in the United States (1837) / Sarah Grimké
  • The Philosophy of Furniture (1840) / Edgar Allan Poe
  • Fire-Worship (1843) / Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Experience (1844) / Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Exerpt from Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845) / Margaret Fuller
  • Hawthorne and His Mosses (1850) / Herman Melville
  • Comparative Condition of the Colored People of the United States (1852) / Martin R. Delany
  • Where I Lived, and What I Lived For (1854) / Henry David Thoreau
  • Letter to His Old Master (1855) / Frederick Douglass
  • The Rules of Conversation (1858) / Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Second Inaugural Address (1864) / Abraham Lincoln
  • Delightful Men (1870) / Fanny Fern
  • Death of Abraham Lincoln (1879) / Walt Whitman
  • The Art of Fiction (1884) / Henry James
  • On Advertising for Marriage (1885) / Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian (1890) / Sui Sin Far
  • The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements (1892) / Jane Addams
  • The Solitude of Self (1892) / Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • A Wind-Storm in the Forests (1894) / John Muir
  • The Mexican Lower Classes (1895) / Stephen Crane
  • The Country Printer (1896) / William Dean Howells
  • The Art of Seeing Things (1899) / John Burroughs
  • What Makes Life Significant? (1900) / William James
  • Of Our Spiritual Strivings (1903) / W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Democracy in Education (1903) / John Dewey
  • The Basket Maker (1903) / Mary Austin
  • The Turning Point of My Life (1906) / Mark Twain
  • Coatesville (1912) / John Jay Chapman
  • The Grocer's Cat (1912) / Agnes Repplier
  • The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy (1913) / George Santayana
  • An Article Without an Idea (1914) / R. C. Holliday
  • Trans-National America (1916) / Randolph Bourne
  • America at War (1918) / Edith Wharton
  • Good Souls (1919) / Dorothy Parker
  • The Prohibition Era (1920) / Finley Peter Dunne
  • 148 Charles Street (1922) / Willa Cather
  • The Color of a Great City (1923) / Theodore Dreiser
  • Intellectuals and Roughnecks (1923) / Christopher Morley
  • The Hills of Zion (1925) / H. L. Mencken
  • The Dilemma of the Negro Author (1928) / James Weldon Johnson
  • How It Feels to be Colored Me (1928) / Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Nature of the American Male: A Study of Pedestalism (1929) / James Thurber
  • The World as I See It (1931) / Albert Einstein
  • The Status of Art (1931) / Kenneth Burke
  • My Lost City (1932) / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Was My Life Worth Living? (1934) / Emma Goldman
  • An Essay on Essays (1935) / Katharine Fullerton Gerould
  • Meals for Me (1937) / M. F. K. Fisher
  • A New York Adolescence (1937) / Lewis Mumford
  • John Jay Chapman (1938) / Edmund Wilson
  • Fragments (1938) / William Saroyan
  • Avant-Garde and Kitsch (1939) / Clement Greenberg
  • What Are Master-pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them? (1940) / Gertrude Stein
  • Ida M'Toy (1942) / Eudora Welty
  • We Refugees (1943) / Hannah Arendt
  • America the Beautiful (1947) / Mary McCarthy
  • Death of a Pig (1947) / E. B. White
  • Equal in Paris (1955) / James Baldwin
  • The Homosexual Villain (1955) / Norman Mailer
  • The Marginal World (1955) / Rachel Carson
  • The Stranger's Path (1957) / John Brinckerhoff Jackson
  • The Lost Dimension in Religion (1958) / Paul Tillich
  • Against Interpretation (1964) / Susan Sontag
  • Notes of a Native Daughter (1965) / Joan Didion
  • Beyond Vietnam (1967) / Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • What America Would Be Like Without Blacks (1970) / Ralph Ellison
  • The Brown Wasps (1971) / Loren Eiseley
  • A Few Words About Breasts (1972) / Nora Ephron
  • The Lives of a Cell (1974) / Lewis Thomas
  • On Foot in Virginia's Roanoke County (1974) / Annie Dillard
  • Women and Honor (1975) / Adrienne Rich
  • Billie Holiday (1976) / Elizabeth Hardwick
  • The Great American Desert (1977) / Edward Abbey
  • On Talking to Oneself (1979) / William H. Gass
  • The Twilight of Self-Reliance (1980) / Wallace Stegner
  • A Drugstore in Winter (1982) / Cynthia Ozick
  • The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House (1983) / Audre Lorde
  • This Writer's Sense of Place (1983) / Rolando Hinojosa
  • On Being a Cripple (1986) / Nancy Mairs
  • On Reading (1987) / Guy Davenport
  • The Native American Voice in American Literature (1988) / N. Scott Momaday
  • Puritans and Prigs (1994) / Marilynne Robinson
  • In History (1997) / Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Princess and the Pea (1997) / Vivian Gornick
  • The View from Mrs. Thompson's (2001) / David Foster Wallace
  • Hispanic (2002) / Richard Rodriguez
  • My 1980s (2003) / Wayne Koestenbaum
  • My Yiddish (2003) / Leonard Michaels
  • Speaking in Tongues (2008) / Zadie Smith
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