The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present

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Phillip Lopate
Anchor Books, 1995 - Literary Collections - 777 pages
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For more than four hundred years the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. The Art of the Personal Essay is the first anthology to celebrate this lively, fertile genre. Distinguished from the formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its drive toward candor and confession, and its often quirky first-person voice, the personal essay offers above all a feast of individuality.
 

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User Review  - MarieTea - LibraryThing

This looks to be an excellent collection of essays, ranging from the classical era contemporary Americans, such as Gore Vidal and Joan Didion. Of interest to me: "How I Started to Write," by recently deceased Carlos Fuentes. Read full review

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Maybe this book dragged on for too long. A book to introduce you into the merit and worth of Essays and the worth of personal essays. Read full review

Contents

CARLOS FUENTES
xx
My Confession by Mary McCarthy 555
xxi
GO RE WIDAL
xxii
Marriage
xxvii
Reportage
xxxviii
Walking
xli
The Rise of the English Essay
xlvii
A DRIENNE RICH
li
Hashish in Marseilles by Walter Benjamin
370
J OR GE LUIS BORGES
377
HUBERT BUT
388
Aunt Harriet by Hubert Butler
393
CIORAN
403
A Letter by E M Cioran
404
RO LAND BARTHES
418
Started to Write by Carlos Fuentes
432

Scipios Villa by Seneca
10
Family Ties
16
Consolation to His Wife by Plutarch
17
Hateful Things by Sei Shonagon
24
Essays in Idleness Selections by Kenko
30
Humor
50
On Some Verses of Virgil by Michel de Montaigne
58
A BRAHAM COWLEY
116
IS ON STEELE
122
Nicolini and the Lions by Joseph Addison
123
An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow
126
SAMUEL JoHNSON
136
The Solitude of the Country by Samuel Johnson
141
MARIA ed GE WORTH
145
CHARLES LA
160
A Chapter on Ears by Charles Lamb
165
A Reverie by Charles Lamb
169
The Superannuated Man by Charles Lamb
172
WILLIAM HAZL
181
On the Pleasure of Hating by William Hazlitt
189
The Fight by William Hazlitt
198
ROBERT LOUIS STE We NSON
213
On Marriage by Robert Louis Stevenson
229
MAX BEER BOHM
237
Laughter by Max Beerbohm
239
G K CHESTERTON
248
A Chapter on Ears by Charles Lamb 165
249
On Running After Ones Hat by G K Chesterton
252
WIRG IN IA WOOLF
256
The Death of the Moth by Virginia Woolf
265
GEORGE ORW
269
IV
305
The Execution of Tropmann by Ivan Turgenew
306
LU HSUN
325
Death by Lu Hsun
329
J UNICH IRO TANIZAKI
335
WALTER BENJAMIN
362
Politics
437
WOLE SOY INKA
454
Meatless Days by Sara Suleri
459
V
477
MEN CKEN
506
My Face by Robert Benchley
511
JAMES THURBER
513
The Secret Life of James Thurber by James Thurber
514
F SCOTT FITZG ERALD
520
List
529
E B WHITE
533
The Ring of Time by E B White
538
F K FISHER
546
MARY McCARTHY
554
My Confession by Mary McCarthy
555
SEY MOUR KriM
577
JAMES BALD
587
Hatred and Opposition
601
Some Memories of the Glorious Bird and an Earlier Self
622
Lecture
634
Split at the Root by Adrienne Rich
640
EDWARD HOAGLAND
656
Under the Influence by Scott Russell Sanders 733
657
We ND ELL BERRY
669
An Entrance to the Woods by Wendell Berry
670
JoAN DIDION
680
Goodbye to All That by Joan Didion
681
In Bed by Joan Didion
689
AN NIE DILL
693
RICHARD SELZER
707
P LOPATE
716
SCOTT RUSSELL SANDERS
732
Under the Influence by Scott Russell Sanders
733
GAYLE PEMBERTON
745
RICHARD ROD RIGUEZ
755
Love and Sexuality
773
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\Philip Lopate is the author of Against Joie de Vivre, Bachelorhood, The Rug Merchant, Being with Children, and Confessions of Summer. A recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, his works have appeared in Best American Essays, The Paris Review, Pushcart Prize annuals, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is Adams Professor of English at Hofstra University.

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