John D'Agata

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John D’Agata is the author of Halls of Fame: Essays, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series A New History of the Essay,, which includes the anthologies The Next American Essay, The Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay. His work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. He holds a B.A. from Hobart College and two M.F.A.s from the University of Iowa, and recently his essays have appeared in ,i>The Believer, Harper's, Gulf Coast, and Conjunctions. John D’Agata lives in Iowa City with a dog named Boeing, and he teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa ...more

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The Lifespan of a Fact

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About a Mountain

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The Next American Essay

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Halls of Fame: Essays

3.99 avg rating — 444 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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The Lost Origins of the Essay

4.41 avg rating — 187 ratings — published 2009
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The Making of the American ...

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On Knowing & Not

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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'.”
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“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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