Next American Essay

ISBN-10: 1555973752
ISBN-13: 9781555973759
Edition: 2003
Authors: John D'Agata
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Description: In this singular collection, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," D'Agata selects an example of creative  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 2/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

In this singular collection, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," D'Agata selects an example of creative nonfiction for each subsequent year. These essays are unrestrained, elusive, explosive, mysterious—a personal lingual playground. They encompass and illuminate culture, myth, history, romance, and sex. Each essay is a world of its own, a world so distinctive it resists definition. Contributors include: Sherman Alexie David Antin Jenny Boully Anne Carson Guy Davenport Lydia Davis Joan Didion Annie Dillard Thalia Field Albert Goldbarth Susan Griffin Theresa Hak Kung Cha Jamaica Kincaid Wayne Koestenbaum Barry Lopez John McPhee Carole Maso Harry Mathews Susan Mitchell Fabio Morabito Mary Ruefle David Shields Dennis Silk Susan Sontag Alexander Theroux George W. S. Trow David Foster Wallace Eliot Weinberger Joe Wenderoth James Wright

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To the Reader
Prologue
1975 The Search for Marvin Gardens
1976 The Raven
1977 Unguided Tour
1978 Girl
1979 The White Album
1980 May Morning
1981 Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double)
1982 Total Eclipse
1983 The Theory and Practice of Postmodernism: A Manifesto
1984 The Dream of India
1985 Erato Love Poetry
1986 The Marionette Theater
1987 Kinds of Water
1988 Oil
1989 Needs
1990 Notes Toward a History of Scaffolding
1991 Delft
October 1992 "... and nobody objected"
October 1992 Captivity
1993 Red Shoes
1994 Black
1995 Foucault and Pencil
1996 Life Story
1997 Ticket to the Fair
1998 Darling's Prick
1999 The Intercession of the Saints
2000 Monument
2001 A [characters not reproducible] I
2002 Sleep
2003 The Body
Epilogue: Things To Do Today

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