Best American Essays of the Century

ISBN-10: 0618043705

ISBN-13: 9780618043705

Edition: 2000 (Teachers Edition, Instructors Manual, etc.)

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This singular collection is nothing less than a political, spiritual, and intensely personal record of America"s tumultuous modern age, as experienced by our foremost critics, commentators, activists, and artists. Joyce Carol Oates has collected a group of works that are both intimate and important, essays that move from personal experience to larger significance without severing the connection between speaker and audience. From Ernest Hemingway covering bullfights in Pamplona to Martin Luther King, Jr."s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," these essays fit, in the words of Joyce Carol Oates, "into a kind of mobile mosaic suggest[ing] where we"ve come from, and who we are, and where we are going." Among those whose work is included are Mark Twain, John Muir, T. S. Eliot, Richard Wright, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin, Tom Wolfe, Susan Sontag, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Joan Didion, Cynthia Ozick, Saul Bellow, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward Hoagland, and Annie Dillard.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/22/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. Her title Give Me Your Heart made the New York Times Best seller list for 2011.

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

1901: Corn-pone Opinions
1903: Of the Coming of John
1906: A Law of Acceleration
1909: Stickeen
1910: The Moral Equivalent of War
1911: The Handicapped
1912: Coatesville
1916: The Devil Baby at Hull-House
1919: Tradition and the Individual Talent
1923: Pamplona in July
1925: The Hills of Zion
1928: How It Feels to Be Colored Me
1933: The Old Stone House
1935: What Are Master-pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them
1936: The Crack-Up
1937: Sex Ex Machina
1937: The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch
1938: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
1939: The Figure a Poem Makes
1941: Once More to the Lake
1944: Insert Flap "A" and Throw Away
1949: Bop
1950: The Future Is Now
1953: Artists in Uniform
1955: The Marginal World
1955: Notes of a Native Son
1956: The Brown Wasps
1957: A Sweet Devouring
1961: A Hundred Thousand Straightened Nails
1963: Letter from Birmingham Jail
1964: Putting Daddy On
1964: Notes on "Camp"
1966: Perfect Past
1967: The Way to Rainy Mountain
1968: The Apotheosis of Martin Luther King
1969: Illumination Rounds
1970: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1971: The Lives of a Cell
1972: The Search for Marvin Gardens
1972: The Doomed in Their Sinking
1975: No Name Woman
1975: Looking for Zora
1977: Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying
1979: The White Album
1980: Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood
1981: The Solace of Open Spaces
1982: Total Eclipse
1982: A Drugstore in Winter
1987: Okinawa: The Bloodiest Battle of All
1988: Heaven and Nature
1989: The Creation Myths of Cooperstown
1990: Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss America Pageant
1993: The Disposable Rocket
1995: They All Just Went Away
1997: Graven Images
Biographical Notes
Notable Twentieth-Century American Literary Nonfiction
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