Essayists on the Essay Montaigne to Our Time

ISBN-10: 1609380762

ISBN-13: 9781609380762

Edition: 2012

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The first historically and internationally comprehensive collection of its kind,Essayists on the Essayis a path-breaking work that is nothing less than a richly varied sourcebook for anyone interested in the theory, practice, and art of the essay. This unique work includes a selection of fifty distinctive pieces by American, Canadian, English, European, and South American essayists from Montaigne to the present—many of which have not previously been anthologized or translated—as well as a detailed bibliographical and thematic guide to hundreds of additional works about the essay.From a buoyant introduction that provides a sweeping historical and analytic overview of essayists’ thinking about their genre—a collective poetics of the essay—to the detailed headnotes offering pointed information about both the essayists themselves and the anthologized selections, to the richly detailed bibliographic sections,Essayists on the Essayis essential to anyone who cares about the form.This collection provides teachers, scholars, essayists, and readers with the materials they need to take a fresh look at this important but often overlooked form that has for too long been relegated to the role of service genre—used primarily to write about other more “literary” genres or to teach young people how to write. Here, in a single celebratory volume, are four centuries of commentary and theory reminding us of the essay’s storied history, its international appeal, and its relationship not just with poetry and fiction but also with radio, film, video, and new media. 
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 3/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 333
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Toward a Collective Poetics of the Essay
From "Of Practice," "Of Repentance," and "Of Vanity"-1580
From "Of Essays and Books"-1600-1601
From The Praficience and Advancement of Learning-1605
From the Spectator-1712
From the Rambler-1751
From "On the Periodical Essayists"-1815
From an Unpublished Review of Hazlitt�s Table Talk-1821
From "Montaigne, or the Skeptic"-1850
From "On the "Writing of Essays"-1863
From "Dialectic"-1893
From "The Passing of the Essay"-1894
From "Editors Easy Chair"-1901
From "To the Reader"-1914
From "The Art of the Essayist"-1922
From "The Modern Essay"-19x5
"An Essay on Virginia"-1915
"An Essay upon Essays upon Essays"-1929
From The Man without Qualities-1930
�The Essay�-1932
From "An Essay on Essays"-1935
From "The Essay"-1938
From "In Defense of the Essay"-1946
From "On the Essay and Its Prose"-1947
From "On the Essay"-1954
From "The Essay in Our America"-1956
From "The Essay as Form"-1958
From the Preface to Collected Essays-1960
"An Essay on the Essay"-1965
"Ramblings on the Essay"-1972
"The Limits of the Essay"-1976
"What I Think, What I Am"-1976
From the Foreword to Essays of E. B. White-1977
From "Emerson and the Essay"-1982
From "Can One Define the Essay?"-1983
"Little Essayistic"-1983
From the Introduction to The Best American Essays-1986
From "Alfonso Reyes' Wheelbarrow"-1988
From "The Singular First Person"-1988
"What Happened to the Personal Essay?"-1989
From the Introduction to Tuxedo Junction-1989
Introduction to The Best American Essays-1992.
From "Essaying the Feminine"-1994
From "f-Words: An Essay on the Essay"-1996
"She: Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body"-1998
From The Situation and the Story-2001
From "2003" in The Next American Essay-2003
From "The Age of the Essay"-2004
From "The Essay as Hack"-2008
"On the Origin of the Video Essay"-2011
"Essay on the Radio Essay"-2011
Bibliography, compiled by Ned Stuckey-French
Thematic Guide to Entries in the Bibliography, compiled by Ned Stuckey-French
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