The Next American Essay

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John D'Agata
Graywolf Press, Feb 1, 2003 - Literary Collections - 488 pages
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In The Next American Essay, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," D'Agata selects an example of creative nonfiction for each subsequent year. These essays are unrestrained, elusive, explosive, mysterious—a personal lingual playground. They encompass and illuminate culture, myth, history, romance, and sex. Each essay is a world of its own, a world so distinctive it resists definition.

Contributors include:

Sherman Alexie
David Antin
Jenny Boully
Anne Carson
Guy Davenport
Lydia Davis
Joan Didion
Annie Dillard
Thalia Field
Albert Goldbarth
Susan Griffin
Theresa Hak Kung Cha
Jamaica Kincaid
Wayne Koestenbaum
Barry Lopez
John McPhee
Carole Maso
Harry Mathews
Susan Mitchell
Fabio Morabito
Mary Ruefle
David Shields
Dennis Silk
Susan Sontag
Alexander Theroux
George W. S. Trow
David Foster Wallace
Eliot Weinberger
Joe Wenderoth
James Wright

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A sometimes challenging anthology that expands the usual definition of essay.Iowa Workshop grad D'Agata, who collected his own unconventional essays in Halls of Fame (2001), here selects one per year ... Read full review

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D'Agata, a poet, journalist, and writer of creative nonfiction, has selected 32 pieces from such authors as Joan Didion, John McPhee, Albert Goldbarth, Lydia Davis, Annie Dillard, and Sherman Alexie ... Read full review


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John D'Agata is the author Halls of Fame. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he holds M.F.A.s in both nonfiction and poetry and is currently editor of lyric essays for Seneca Review.

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