John D'Agata





John D'Agata

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John D'Agata is the author of About a Mountain and the editor of The Next American Essay and The Lost Origins of the Essay. He teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa.


Average rating: 3.93 · 2,470 ratings · 512 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
About a Mountain
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 817 ratings — published 2010 — 6 editions
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The Lifespan of a Fact
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 645 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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The Next American Essay
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 504 ratings — published 2002
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Halls of Fame: Essays
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 351 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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The Lost Origins of the Essay
4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 142 ratings — published 2009
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On Knowing & Not
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2013
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2007
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“What happens when an essayist starts imagining things, making things up, filling in blank spaces, or — worse yet — leaving the blanks blank?”
John D'Agata, The Next American Essay

“Maybe every essay automatically is in some way experimental — less an outline traveling toward a foregone conclusion than an unmapped quest that has sprung from the word 'question'.”
John D'Agata, The Next American Essay

“Sometimes the essay is where we end up when everything that we know must change.”
John D'Agata, The Lost Origins of the Essay

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