* The Great Essays collections are part of the Penguin Academic series of low-cost, high quality texts. These alphabetically-organized readers offer the most commonly taught classic and contemporary essays and minimal apparatus. * A wide variety of writing styles represent diverse authorship. * Introduction to history and context of the essay and the pleasures of reading and writing essays. * Supplements: IM and CW (www.ablongman.com/diyanni)
Preface. Introduction: Reading and Writing Essays.
History and Context.
Pleasures of the Essay.
Types of Essays.
Reading Essays--Reading Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels."
The Qualities of Good Writing.
An Overview of the Writing Process.
Writing from Reading--An Example.
Susan Sontag, A Woman's Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source? 1. Francis Bacon, Of Studies. 2. James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son. 3. Joan Didion, Marrying Absurd. 4. Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels. 5. Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write. 6. Gretel Ehrlich, About Men. 7. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature. 8. Stephen Jay Gould, Women's Brains. 9. Langston Hughes, Salvation. 10. Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me. 11. Jamaica Kincaid, On Seeing England for the First Time. 12. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail. 13. Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman. 14. N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain. 15. Michel de Montaigne, Of Smells. 16. George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant. 17. Richard Rodriguez, The Achievement of Desire. 18. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue. 19. Henry David Thoreau, Why I Went to the Woods. 20. James Thurber, University Days. 21. Mark Twain, Reading the River. 22. Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self. 23. E.B. White, Once More to the Lake. 24. Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff. 25. Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth.