Best American Essays 2002

ISBN-10: 0618049320
ISBN-13: 9780618049325
Edition: 2002
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Description: Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads hundreds of pieces from dozens of periodicals, then selects  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads hundreds of pieces from dozens of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.From The New Yorker to the Missouri Review, from Esquire to the American Scholar, the editors of The Best American Essays have scoured hundreds of the country's best periodicals in search of the most artful and powerful writing around. This thoughtful, provocative collection is the result of their search.

Born in New York City in 1941, Stephen Jay Gould received his B.A. from Antioch College in New York in 1963 and a Ph.D. in paleontology from Columbia University in 1967. Gould spent most of his career as a professor at Harvard University and curator of invertebrate paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. His research was mainly in the evolution and speciation of land snails. Gould was a leading proponent of the theory of punctuated equilibrium. This theory holds that few evolutionary changes occur among organisms over long periods of time, and then a brief period of rapid changes occurs before another long, stable period of equilibrium sets in. Gould also made significant contributions to the field of evolutionary developmental biology, most notably in his work, Ontogeny and Phylogeny. An outspoken advocate of the scientific outlook, Gould had been a vigorous defender of evolution against its creation-science opponents in popular magazines focusing on science. He wrote a column for Natural History and has produced a remarkable series of books that display the excitement of science for the layperson. Among his many awards and honors, Gould won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His titles include; Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory and Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin. Stephen Jay Gould died on May 20, 2002, following his second bout with cancer.

Robert Atwan is the series editor of The Best American Essays. He recently edited Divine Inspiration, a volume of world poetry on the Gospels.

Foreword
Introduction: To Open a Millennium
The Tenth Muse from Harper's Magazine
Turning Point from Smithsonian
Winner Take Nothing from GQ
The Countess of Stanlein Restored from Harper's Magazine
Welcome to Cancerland from Harper's Magazine
My Father's Brain from The New Yorker
Final Cut from The New Yorker
Who We Are from Vanity Fair
For Patriot Dreams from Vanity Fair
The Lion in Winter from National Geographic Adventure
Fire from The Massachusetts Review
The Anti-Jefferson from The American Scholar
The Price We Pay from DoubleTake
College: The End of the Golden Age from The New York Review of Books
Out of the Ordinary from The Atlantic Monthly
Merced from The Missouri Review
Busted in New York from The New Yorker
Word on the Street from The New York Times Magazine
Matriculation Fixation from The New York Times Education Life
Inside the Bunker from Esquire
Why Literature? from The New Republic
The Meaning of Timothy McVeigh from Vanity Fair
The Dramaturgy of Death from The New York Review of Books
Moonrise from The Atlantic Monthly
Biographical Notes
Notable Essays of 2001

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