American essays of the century

What I have read so far has been thrilling. The collection is intended to be a greatest-hits volume of the 20th-century American essay and to stand as a companion to The Best American Essays franchise, which has been published annually since Instead, it delivers the "Best" essays not frequently anthologized.

Mark Twain's "Corn-Pone Opinions" is a sardonic and hilarious look at what following sheep we humans are, and how impossible it is to form a unique opinion. What stuck most with me was reading Zora Hurston's essay on a form of self-acceptance and agony, then reading Alice Walker's moving essay on locating and honoring Zora's forgotten grave.

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The collection is intended to be a greatest-hits volume of the 20th-century American essay and to stand as a companion to The Best American Essays franchise, which has been published annually since What stuck most with me was reading Zora Hurston's essay on a form of self-acceptance and agony, then reading Alice Walker's moving essay on locating and honoring Zora's forgotten grave. John Muir's "Stickeen" will keep you on the edge of your seat-- h This is the kind of book you pick up every once in a while to read an essay here, an essay there. I stuck mostly to essays written by or that were about women, though I enjoyed Robert's Frost's famous essay on poetic form once I started to understand it a couple of paragraphs in and appreciated John Updike's take on the penis and all the utilitarian maleness that it springs from and is. As a whole, the anthology does not deliver on the grandiose promise of its title. Thank you! Above average, but definitely not the "Best. John Muir's "Stickeen" will keep you on the edge of your seat-- has anyone ever described a storm so beautifully? In this regard Oates self-consciously avoids creating a chronicle of the past century and, instead, collects an array of emotional journeys and obsessions. Other major themes include science and nature, social change, artistic endeavor, and the struggle against nostalgia. Instead, it delivers the "Best" essays not frequently anthologized. The genius lies in his own inability to discern why this is; after all, Twain is human too, and he humbly confines himself to the masses.

I stuck mostly to essays written by or that were about women, though I enjoyed Robert's Frost's famous essay on poetic form once I started to understand it a couple of paragraphs in and appreciated John Updike's take on the penis and all the utilitarian maleness that it springs from and is.

In her introduction, Oates explains her ambitions as an editor: she tackled the project from the point of view of a literary conservator, trying to preserve worthy essays from the forgetfulness of history and vagaries of literary fashion.

American essays of the century

With so few surprises and most of the selections coming from the usual suspects, the overall effect is underwhelming. Thank you! I stuck mostly to essays written by or that were about women, though I enjoyed Robert's Frost's famous essay on poetic form once I started to understand it a couple of paragraphs in and appreciated John Updike's take on the penis and all the utilitarian maleness that it springs from and is. Other major themes include science and nature, social change, artistic endeavor, and the struggle against nostalgia. This made me want to read and write more essays and of course - read more by these authors and then re-read some of the essays. As a whole, the anthology does not deliver on the grandiose promise of its title. The genius lies in his own inability to discern why this is; after all, Twain is human too, and he humbly confines himself to the masses. Cynthia Ozick took the prize with an essay that was sound, solid and not particularly moving, until the final paragraph which broke open my mind and heart and silenced me for several long moments. What I have read so far has been thrilling.

With so few surprises and most of the selections coming from the usual suspects, the overall effect is underwhelming. They're pretty damn good - as the title of the collection would imply.

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What stuck most with me was reading Zora Hurston's essay on a form of self-acc I'll cop to only having read 15 or 16 of these essays.

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The Best American Essays of the Century by Joyce Carol Oates