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Best American Essays of the Century (Reprint) (Paperback)

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This singular collection is nothing less than a political, spiritual, and intensely personal record of America’s tumultuous modern age, as experienced by our foremost critics, commentators, activists, and artists. Joyce Carol Oates has collected a group of works that are both intimate and important, essays that move from personal experience to larger significance without severing the connection between speaker and audience.From Ernest Hemingway covering bullfights in Pamplona to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail,” these essays fit, in the words of Joyce Carol Oates, into a kind of mobile mosaic suggest[ing] where we’ve come from, and who we are, and where we are going.” Among those whose work is included are Mark Twain, John Muir, T. S. Eliot, Richard Wright, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin, Tom Wolfe, Susan Sontag, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Joan Didion, Cynthia Ozick, Saul Bellow, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward Hoagland, and Annie Dillard.
Selected by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates, a remarkable anthology of fifty-five outstanding essays on a variety of topics features contributions by F. Scott Fitzgerald, W. E. B. DuBois, James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, Stephen Jay Gould, John Updike, Saul Bellow, Joan Didion, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, John McPhee, Rachel Carson, and other notable twentieth-century literary masters. Reprint.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 596
Genre: Literary Collections
Sub-Genre: Essays
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: English
Street Date: October 10, 2001
TCIN: 13846368
UPC: 9780618155873
Item Number (DPCI): 248-77-0791
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