The Best American Essays, 1990

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Robert Atwan, Justin Kaplan
Ticknor & Fields, 1990 - Literary Collections - 308 pages
Essays by Paul West , Tom Wolfe , Ann Hodgman , Sue Hubbell , Joy Williams , Natalie Kusz , Randy Shilts , Annie Dillard , Jay McInerney , Michael Arlen , Stanley Elkin , Jacques Barzun , Micheal Pollan , Stuart Klawans, Anatole Broyard , Leonard Michaels , Alan M. Dershowitz , Stephen Jay Gould, and James Alan McPherson.

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This anthology addresses literature, semantics, politics, and infirmity in its 21 essays. Kitschy topics such as Elvis sightings and lawns in suburbia also make appearances. Kaplan's choices are canny ... Read full review


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JACQUES BARZUN The Paradoxes of Creativity
ANATOLE BROYARD Intoxicated by My Illness

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Robert Atwan is the series editor of The Best American Essays. He recently edited Divine Inspiration, a volume of world poetry on the Gospels.

Justin Kaplan was born in Manhattan, New York on September 5, 1925. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard University, followed by graduate work in the field there, but he left before earning a doctorate to work as a freelance writer and book editor. His first book, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain, won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1967 and a National Book Award. His other works include Lincoln Steffens: A Biography, When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age, and Walt Whitman: A Life, which won a National Book Award. He also wrote books with his wife Anne Bernays including The Language of Names and Back Then: Two Lives in 1950s New York. He was the editor of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. He died from complications of Parkinson's disease on March 2, 2014 at the age of 88.

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