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Twenty-Five Great Essays / Edition 2

Twenty-Five Great Essays / Edition 2

by Robert DiYanni


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A compact collection of essays at an affordable price, Twenty-Five Great Essays offers readers an excellent models of good writing and springboards to student writing. Selections range from classic essays such as E.B. White's, “Beauty” and Frederick Douglass', “Learning to Read and Write,” to contemporary essays such as Joan Didian's, “Marrying Absurd” and Stephen Jay Gould's, “Women's Brains.” General readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321261632
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Series: Penguin Academics Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Robert DiYanni is Director of International Services in the Advanced Placement Program at The College Board. Dr. DiYanni, who holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, has taught English and Humanities at a variety of institutions, including NYU, CUNY, and Harvard. He has written and edited more than two dozen books, mostly for college students of writing, literature, and humanities.

Table of Contents

An * indicates sections that are new to this edition.
Introduction: Reading and Writing Essays.

History and Context.

Pleasures of the Essay.

Types of Essays.

Reading Essays–Reading Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels"

Writing Essays.

1. Francis Bacon, Of Studies.
* 2. Judith Ortiz Cofer, Casa: A Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood.
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. Benjamin Franklin, Arriving at Perfection.
* 8. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., In the Kitchen.
9. Stephen Jay Gould, Women's Brains.
* 10. William Hazlitt, On the Pleasures of Hating.
11. Langston Hughes, Salvation.
12. Jamaica Kincaid, On Seeing England for the First Time.
13. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail.
14. Maxine Hong Kingston, On Discovery.
15. N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain.
16. Michel de Montaigne, Of Smells.
17. George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant.
* 18. Alexander Petrunkevitch, The Spider and the Wasp.
19. Susan Sontag, A Woman's Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?
* 20. Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal.
21. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue.

22. James Thurber, University Days.

23. Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self.

24. E.B. White, Once More to the Lake.

25. Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth.

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