Back to the Lake: A Reader for Writers

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Thomas Cooley
W W Norton & Company Incorporated, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 692 pages
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A rhetorically arranged collection of essays, showing that description, narration, and the other so-called patterns of exposition are not just abstract concepts used in composition classrooms but are in fact the way we think--and write. Back to the Lake offers more than sixty carefully chosen readings--classics as well as more recent pieces, essays along with various real-world texts, all demonstrating how writers use the modes of discourse for many varied purposes.

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Thomas Cooley (PhD, Indiana University) is professor of English at The Ohio State University. In addition to Back to the Lake, he is the editor of The Norton Sampler, The Norton Critical Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the author of several other books, among them Educated Lives: The Rise of Modern Autobiography in America and The Ivory Leg in the Ebony Cabinet: Madness, Race, and Gender in Victorian America.

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