Art of the Personal Essay An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present

ISBN-10: 038542339X
ISBN-13: 9780385423397
Edition: 1995
Authors: Phillip Lopate
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

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.

Phillip Lopate is a professor at Columbia University, where he directs the graduate nonfiction program.

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

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