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The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997)

by Joseph Epstein (Editor)

Other authors: James Baldwin (Contributor), Max Beerbohm (Contributor), Jeremy Bernstein (Contributor), Truman Capote (Contributor), Willa Cather (Contributor)47 more, Bruce Chatwin (Contributor), Winston Churchill (Contributor), Cyril Connolly (Contributor), Joan Didion (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Contributor), John Gregory Dunne (Contributor), Loren Eiseley (Contributor), Ralph Ellison (Contributor), Joseph Epstein (Contributor), M. F. K. Fisher (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Graham Greene (Contributor), Emily Hahn (Contributor), Vicki Hearne (Contributor), L. Rust Hills (Contributor), Jean Hollander (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Dan Jacobson (Contributor), Doris Lessing (Contributor), A. J. Liebling (Contributor), Barry Lopez (Contributor), Nancy Mairs (Contributor), H. L. Mencken (Contributor), Nancy Mitford (Contributor), V. S. Naipaul (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Frank O'Connor (Contributor), George Orwell (Contributor), Cynthia Ozick (Contributor), Dorothy Parker (Contributor), Katherine Anne Porter (Contributor), Dawn Powell (Contributor), Richard Rodriguez (Contributor), Phyllis Rose (Contributor), Bertrand Russell (Contributor), Oliver Sachs (Contributor), Scott Russell Sanders (Contributor), Shelby Steele (Contributor), Amy Tan (Contributor), Lewis Thomas (Contributor), Barbara Tuchman (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), Rebecca West (Contributor), E. B. White (Contributor), Edmund Wilson (Contributor), Virginia Woolf (Contributor), William Zinsser (Contributor)

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"The Norton Book of Personal Essays collects approximately fifty of the finest personal essays of the twentieth century, selected and introduced by Joseph Epstein, the man often hailed as the "premier essayist of our time."" "In them, some of our most admired American and British writers express their lively, candid, entertaining, thoughtful, and - above all - varied opinions. Topics range from Tangiers to a lake in Maine, from racial conflict to sky diving, from the expectations we bring to travel to the athletics of the table. Most prominent in each essay is the distinctive style of the essayist; style, as Epstein points out in his introduction, not only is what keeps literature alive but also is a personal way of looking at the world."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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I can only assume that the essays I didn't read in this collection are as good as the ones I did, so I'll give it 4 stars. This is a Norton anthology, though, which means it's just too long to be read in its entirety. I tried skipping around, then realized I was mostly just skipping. Ah, well. ( )
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"The Norton Book of Personal Essays collects approximately fifty of the finest personal essays of the twentieth century, selected and introduced by Joseph Epstein, the man often hailed as the "premier essayist of our time."" "In them, some of our most admired American and British writers express their lively, candid, entertaining, thoughtful, and - above all - varied opinions. Topics range from Tangiers to a lake in Maine, from racial conflict to sky diving, from the expectations we bring to travel to the athletics of the table. Most prominent in each essay is the distinctive style of the essayist; style, as Epstein points out in his introduction, not only is what keeps literature alive but also is a personal way of looking at the world."--BOOK JACKET.

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Contains:
  • The Personal Essay: A Form of Discovery / Joseph Epstein
  • Italian without a Master / Mark Twain
  • Something Defeasible / Max Beerbohm
  • Joseph Conrad / Bertrand Russell
  • A Chance Meeting / Willa Cather
  • The Dream / Winston Churchill
  • Reflections on Journalism / H.L. Mencken
  • Leslie Stephen / Virginia Woolf
  • A Visit to a Godmother / Rebecca West
  • St. Augustine and the Bullfight / Katherine Anne Porter
  • The Middle or Blue Periond / Dorothy Parker
  • A Preface to Persius / Edmund Wilson
  • Sleeping and Waking / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • What Are You Doing in My Dreams? / Dawn Powell
  • Once More to the Lake / E.B. White
  • How it Feels to be Colored Me / Zora Neale Hurston
  • In Quest of Beer / Frank O'Connor
  • Revisiting Greece / Cyril Connolly
  • "The Moon Under Water" / George Orwell
  • A Good Appetite / A.J. Liebling
  • Chic – English, French, and American / Nancy Mitford
  • The Lost Childhood / Graham Greene
  • The Stranger / Emily Hahn
  • The Angry Winter / Loren Eiseley
  • The Flaw / M.F.K. Fisher
  • The Little Store / Eudora Welty
  • An Author's Mail / Barbara Tuchman
  • Notes on Punctuation / Lewis Thomas
  • Living with Music / Ralph Ellison
  • My Father / Doris Lessing
  • Jury Duty / William Zinsser
  • Tangier / Truman Capote
  • Stranger in the Village / James Baldwin
  • How to Eat an Ice-Cream Cone / L. Rust Hills
  • The King of the Birds / Flannery O'Connor
  • The Lesson of the Master / Cynthia Ozick
  • Cops and Writers / Jean Hollander
  • The Vanishing Act / Dan Jacobson
  • Take the "A" Train / Jeremy Bernstein
  • Quintana / John Gregory Dunne
  • In The Middle of the Journey / V.S. Naipaul
  • The Bull on the Mountain / Oliver Sacks
  • On Keeping a Notebook / Joan Didion
  • I Like a Gershwin Tune / Joseph Epstein
  • The Bey / Bruce Chatwin
  • Tools of Torture / Phyllis Rose
  • Ron Her Son / Nancy Mairs
  • Going Home Again / Richard Rodriguez
  • Living Like Weasels / Annie Dillard
  • The Inheritance of Tools / Scott Russell Sanders
  • Grown Men / Barry Lopez
  • Oyez à Beaumont / Vicki Hearne
  • On Being Black and Middle Class / Shelby Steele
  • Mother Tongue / Amy Tan
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