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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), Yoshida Kenkō (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), Lucius Annaeus 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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"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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From Seneca to Richard Rodriguez ( )
  betty_s | Sep 18, 2023 |
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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Seneca the Younger (c. A.D. 3-65) was born in Córdoba, Spain, about the same time as Christ; his father, Seneca the Elder, was an accomplished rhetorician and writer.
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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.

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Anthology contains:
  • Introduction
  • On Noise / Seneca
  • Asthma / Seneca
  • Scipio's Villa / Seneca
  • Slaves / Seneca
  • Consolation to His Wife / Plutarch
  • Hateful Things / Sei Shonagon
  • Essays in Idleness (Selections) / Kenko
  • Pleasure Boat Studio / Ou-Yang Hsiu
  • Of Books / Michel de Montaigne
  • Of a Monstrous Child / Michel de Montaigne
  • Of Some Verses on Virgil / Michel de Montaigne
  • Of Greatness / Abraham Cowley
  • Nicolini and the Lions / Addison & Steele
  • An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow / Addison & Steele
  • Twenty-Four Hours in London / Addison & Steele
  • Love-Letters / Addison & Steele
  • The Boarding House / Samuel Johnson
  • The Solitude of the Country / Samuel Johnson
  • An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification / Maria Edgeworth
  • New Year's Eve / Charles Lamb
  • A Chapter on Ears / Charles Lamb
  • Dream Children: A Reverie / Charles Lamb
  • The Superannuated Man / Charles Lamb
  • On Going a Journey / William Hazlitt
  • On the Pleasure of Hating / William Hazlitt
  • The Fight / William Hazlitt
  • The Lantern-Bearers / Robert Louis Stevenson
  • An Apology for Idlers / Robert Louis Stevenson
  • On Marriage / Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Going Out for a Walk / Max Beerbohm
  • Laughter / Max Beerbohm
  • A Piece of Chalk / G.K. Chesterton
  • On Running After One's Hat / G.K. Chesterton
  • Street Haunting / Virginia Woolf
  • The Death of the Moth / Virginia Woolf
  • Such, Such Were the Joys / George Orwell
  • The Execution of Tropmann / Ivan Turgenev
  • This Too Is Life / Lu Hsun
  • Death / Lu Hsun
  • In Praise of Shadows / Junichiro Tanizaki
  • Unpacking My Library / Walter Benjamin
  • Hashish in Marseilles / Walter Benjamin
  • Blindness / Jorge Luis Borges
  • Beside the Nore / Hubert Butler
  • Aunt Harriet / Hubert Butler
  • Some Blind Alleys: A Letter / E.M. Cioran
  • Leaving the Movie Theater / Roland Barthes
  • He and I / Natalia Ginzburg
  • How I Started to Write / Carlos Fuentes
  • Why Do I Fast? / Wole Soyinka
  • Meatless Days / Sara Suleri
  • Walking / Henry David Thoreau
  • On Being an American / H.L. Mencken
  • My Face / Robert Benchley
  • The Secret Life of James Thurber / James Thurber
  • The Crack-Up / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Once More to the Lake / E.B. White
  • The Ring of Time / E.B. White
  • Once a Tramp, Always / M.F.K. Fisher
  • My Confession / Mary McCarthy
  • For My Brothers and Sisters in the Failure Business / Seymour Krim
  • Notes of a Native Son / James Baldwin
  • Alas, Poor Richard / James Baldwin
  • Some Memories of the Glorious Bird and an Earlier Self / Gore Vidal
  • Split at the Root / Adrienne Rich
  • The Courage of Turtles / Edward Hoagland
  • The Threshold and the Jolt of Pain / Edward Hoagland
  • An Entrance to the Woods / Wendell Berry
  • Goodbye to All That / Joan Didion
  • In Bed / Joan Didion
  • Seeing / Annie Dillard
  • The Knife / Richard Selzer
  • Against Joie de Vivre / Phillip Lopate
  • Under the Influence / Scott Russell Sanders
  • Do He Have Your Number, Mr. Jeffrey? / Gayle Pemberton
  • Late Victorians / Richard Rodriguez
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