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The Eloquent Essay: An Anthology of Classic & Creative Nonfiction

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This anthology of seventeen modern essays shows the form at its most varied and dramatic. Purposefully concise, it gathers together exemplars of the personal narrative, the argument, the anecdotal essay, digressive discourse, the "open letter," and others. Some of the most engaging authors of our time write on subjects as diverse as becoming a doctor, cattle grazing rights ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by Persea (first published April 2000)
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Manny
Jordan talked me into it - a familiar story :) Just ordered from The Book Depository...
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If you hang out on Goodreads, I imagine you enjoy reading essays. (Like, if you don't, what exactly are doing here?) This book is a collection of 17 outstanding essays, nearly all of which, I'm ashamed to say, I hadn't previously read.

It was irresistible to pretend I was reading them here on GR, and then try to imagine how I would have reacted to them. In many cases, no
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Jennifer
Apr 24, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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It took me forever to read this. I think I may have averaged less than one essay per week. I did enjoy it though. My favorites:

Eudora Welty - Writing and Analyzing a Story
Martin Luther King Jr. - Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Joan Didion - Georgia O'Keefe
Leo Marx - Huck at 100
Amy Tan - Mother Tongue
Barbara Kingsolver - How Mr. Dewey Decimal Saved My Life

Well worth a read.
Matthew
Sep 21, 2009 Matthew rated it really liked it
wonderful essays. My favorite was an essay by Bruno Bettelheim called the Ignored Lesson of Anne Frank. At the time I read it I thought it was perfect lesson that I need to learn in order to hold onto my job. The lesson was to learn from and react to changing conditions. I guess I did not learn the lesson; me and Mr. Frank, alas!
Komal
Apr 07, 2011 Komal rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first short anthologies I've read where I enjoyed every single piece included. Definitely read it if you want a diverse set of reading set in a short book easy to travel with!
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