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40 Model Essays: A Portable Anthology
by Jane E. Aaron , Barbara Lazear Ascher , Perry Klass , E.B. White , Joan Didion , Judith Ortiz Cofer , N. Scott Momday , Langston Hughes , more…Annie Dillard , Maya Angelou , George Orwell , Anna Quindlen , David Sedaris , Brent Staples , Emily Prager , Margaret Visser , Scott Russell Sanders (Goodreads Author) , Russell Baker , Deborah Tannen , Stephanie Ericsson (Goodreads Author) , Lars Eighner , Anne Lamott (Goodreads Author) , Jessica Mitford , Suzanne Britt , Bruce Catton , Nancy Mairs , Richard Rodriguez , Judy Brady , Noel Perrin , Gloria Naylor , Amy Tan (Goodreads Author) , Malcolm Gladwell , Barbara Ehrenreich , K.C. Cole , Stephen Jay Gould , Edward Koch , David Bruck , William F. Buckley Jr. , Martin Luther King Jr. , Virginia Woolf , Jonathan Swift …less
In response to requests from instructors and students for shorter and less expensive composition readers, 40 Model Essays — featuring material adapted from the successful The Compact Reader— offers about half the usual number of readings for about half the price of similar books. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 26th 2005 by Bedford/St. Martin's
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This book has many facets. It is a guide to understanding the writing process-- how a writer can think about crafting an essay, or argument, or speech, or any other piece of writing. As much about the entire process of writing and reading as it is about thinking, 40 Model Essays explores how rhetoric is an effective tool. The essay models serve as a way to teach how reading and writing are interlinked and connected, how style and form can be tools for success . We become better writers through c ...more
This collection of essays is meant for a professor to read from and teach to their students. It was very intriguing to read what are to be the "model" essays and what can be taught from them. Some of the best essays I've read, a lot of them I read formerly in my first year of college.
Meh. The "craft" chapters would probably be great for a composition class, but were utterly useless for my class on the essay (which was a mid-level combination literature & creative nonfiction class). There are a number of essays in the collection that are highly problematic - which is a great way to introduce examples of what happens when an essayist goes wrong, leaves out, bases arguments on easy assumptions, takes the quick route to conclusions, alienates the reader, etc. - but the piece ...more
Jane E. Aaron is a professional writer and editor as well as an experienced teacher. She is the author of the best selling Little Brown Handbook and coeditor of the best-selling Bedford Reader . She has served as consultant, editor, or writer on more than a dozen other textbooks for the first-year composition course.More about Jane E. Aaron...