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One Hundred Great Essays (Penguin Academics Series)

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"One Hundred Great Essays" is published as part of the Penguin Academics Series, a series of low-cost, high-quality offerings.
Paperback, Third Edition, 770 pages
Published February 28th 2007 by Longman (first published 2001)
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Liza
Jan 08, 2012 Liza rated it it was amazing
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I realize there's a newer edition out, so I'm not 100% certain what specific essays were removed or added. I think despite that major detail this collection is still a great find, because of the variety of essays.

There's a great mix of dry essays, entertaining gems, and essays that could be said to be somewhere in between, which I think is important for students to be exposed too. It included "The Vindication of the Rights of Women," and "A Modest Proposal" to more modern essays that deal with t
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JP
May 18, 2013 JP rated it liked it
I read most of this in April but had to return it before a trip. It's a neat mix of classics and modern works, all worthy examples and interesting in their own right. A few social themes are disproportionately emphasized, especially gender and race issues. Among my favorites of the selection were: Graduation (Angelou), Of Studies (Bacon), Politics and the English Language (Orwell), Notes of a Native Son (Baldwin), Calculated Risks (Cole), Attending a World (Bateson), The Trouble with Wilderness ...more
R. Geivett
Jul 07, 2008 R. Geivett is currently reading it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys reading in the category of personal essays.
I'm not reading this straight through, but sampling essays periodically. As of July 7, 2008, I've read seven of the essays: Francis Bacon, "Of Studies," Roland Barthes, "Toys," Lord Chesterfield, "Letter to His Son," Aaron Copeland, "How We Listen," Gretel Ehrlich, "About Men," Queen Elizabeth I, "Speech to the Troops at Tilbury," Anne Fadiman, "Never Do That to a Book."
Tracy
Jul 30, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing
This collection has so many great essays to choose from, that I have more than my share to choose from to teach an advanced writing class next autumn.
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junior year english class
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