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The Art of the Personal Essay by Phillip…

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994)

by Phillip Lopate (Editor)

Other authors: Joseph Addison (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), Roland Barthes (Contributor), Max Beerbohm (Contributor), Robert Benchley (Contributor)46 more, Walter Benjamin (Contributor), Wendell Berry (Contributor), Jorge Luis Borges (Contributor), Hubert Butler (Contributor), G. K. Chesterson (Contributor), E. M. Cioran (Contributor), Abraham Cowley (Contributor), Michel de Montaigne (Contributor), Joan Didion (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Contributor), Maria Edgeworth (Contributor), M. F. K. Fisher (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Carlos Fuentes (Contributor), Natalia Ginzburg (Contributor), William Hazlitt (Contributor), Edward Hoagland (Contributor), Ou-Yang Hsiu (Contributor), Samuel Johnson (Contributor), Kenko (Contributor), Seymour Krim (Contributor), Charles Lamb (Contributor), Phillip Lopate (Contributor), Lu Hsun (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), H. L. Mencken (Contributor), George Orwell (Contributor), Gayle Pemberton (Contributor), Plutarch (Contributor), Adrienne Rich (Contributor), Richard Rodriguez (Contributor), Scott Russell Sanders (Contributor), Richard Selzer (Contributor), Seneca (Contributor), Sei Shonagon (Contributor), Wole Soyinka (Contributor), Richard Steele (Contributor), Robert Louis Stevenson (Contributor), Sara Suleri (Contributor), Junichiro Tanizaki (Contributor), Henry David Thoreau (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), Ivan Turgenev (Contributor), Gore Vidal (Contributor), E. B. White (Contributor), Virginia Woolf (Contributor)

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Started for the second time, but lost the thread, again, with too many other books to read.
  Wattsian | Nov 6, 2018 |
Excellent survey of essays from the Romans through modern times and across all cultures. Biased toward English and Americans, it is nonetheless a very entertaining book. ( )
  librken | May 25, 2015 |
Maybe this book dragged on for too long.
A book to introduce you into the merit and worth of Essays and the worth of personal essays. ( )
  wonderperson | Mar 30, 2013 |
This looks to be an excellent collection of essays, ranging from the classical era contemporary Americans, such as Gore Vidal and Joan Didion. Of interest to me: "How I Started to Write," by recently deceased Carlos Fuentes.
  MarieTea | May 27, 2012 |
i've actually had the book for quite awhile and have read it several times....always finding something "i missed" it's a wonderful book and a great intro to fascinating folks like Lady Shonagon, or Montaine. ( )
  charmngbilly | Oct 27, 2011 |
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Addison, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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For more than four hundred years, the personal  essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant  of all literary forms. Distinguished from the  detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational  tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward  candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay  seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities,  fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and  disappointment, the pleasures of solitude,  reading, taking a walk -- to offer insight into the  human condition and the great social and political  issues of the day. The Art of the Personal Essay is  the first anthology to celebrate this fertile  genre. By presenting more than seventy-five personal  essays, including influential forerunners from  ancient Greece, Rome, and the Far East,  masterpieces from the dawn of the personal essay in the  sixteenth century, and a wealth of the finest  personal essays from the last four centuries, editor  Phillip Lopate, himself an acclaimed essayist,  displays the tradition of the personal essay in all  its historical grandeur, depth, and  diversity.

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"For more than four hundred years the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. The Art of the Personal Essay is the first anthology to celebrate this lively, fertile genre. Distinguished from the formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its drive toward candor and confession, and its often quirky first-person voice, the personal essay offers above all a feast of individuality."--Jacket.… (more)

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