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The Best American Essays 1988

by Annie Dillard (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)

Other authors: Anne Carson (Contributor), Bernard Cooper (Contributor), Arthur C. Danto (Contributor), Russell Fraser (Contributor), George Garrett (Contributor)15 more, Albert Goldbarth (Contributor), Elizabeth Hardwick (Contributor), Paul Horgan (Contributor), Samuel Hynes (Contributor), E. J. Kahn, Jr. (Contributor), William Kittredge (Contributor), William Manchester (Contributor), Kenneth A. McClane (Contributor), James McConkey (Contributor), Susan Mitchell (Contributor), Eleanor Munro (Contributor), Richard Selzer (Contributor), Mary Lee Settle (Contributor), Charles Simic (Contributor), Kimberly Wozencraft (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Essays (1988), Best American (1988)

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Compiles a selection of the best literary essays of the year 1987 which were originally published in American periodicals.

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Some of these personal pieces can be faulted as self-indulgent, philosophically esoteric, unfocused or elusive, as the writers, in a free-associative manner, ponder their pasts in an attempt to find coherency in the world. But readers will also discover here numerous works by thoughtful wordsmiths. William Manchester derides fake machismo and honors his brave comrades-in-arms as he relives the wet, green hell of Okinawa, and Samuel Hynes, who learned to fly in the U.S. Navy during WW II, recalls how happy he had been "in the game of flying, before the dying began." A South African member of parliament who wages a just, lonely fight against apartheid is limned by E. J. Kahn Jr., and the "lovely fragile" tourist idyll of Haiti, disfigured by the ravages of AIDS, is mourned by Richard Selzer. Kimberly Wozencraft revisits her term at a minimum-security prison and Eleanor Munro resolves that each suffering pilgrim at Lourdes is "like a plumb-weight pulling the cords of a whole belief system into alignment."
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Dillard, AnnieEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwan, RobertEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Carson, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooper, BernardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Danto, Arthur C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fraser, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garrett, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldbarth, AlbertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hardwick, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horgan, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hynes, SamuelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kahn, E. J., Jr.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kittredge, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Manchester, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McClane, Kenneth A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McConkey, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munro, EleanorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Selzer, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Settle, Mary LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simic, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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