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Esquire's Big Book of Great Writing: More than 70 Years of Celebrated Journalism Paperback – September 1, 2003

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The table of contents of this invigorating anthology resembles a Who's Who list of 20th-century journalism. Among its entries are works by such celebrated writers as Martin Amis, W.H. Auden, James Baldwin, Sven Birkerts, Joan Didion, Ralph Ellison, Norman Mailer, Dorothy Parker, Walker Percy, David Sedaris, Gloria Steinem, Gay Talese, Nora Ephron, Dylan Thomas, David Foster Wallace, Orson Welles and Tom Wolfe. Miller, who has been Esquire's literary editor since 1997, has culled the best essays from the magazine's 70 years of publication, including such iconic pieces of writing as Talese's intimate "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" (1966) and F. Scott Fitzgerald's immortal "The Crack-Up" (1936). The 54 essays run the gamut from hard-line exposés to entertaining observations to penetrating bios and works of literary criticism. A testament to Esquire's commitment to groundbreaking nonfiction, this volume is one of those rare anthologies that readers will turn back to again and again.
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Product Details

  • Series: Esquire's
  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst Books (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588162982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588162984
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book more than I've loved any other book in this past year..(except "Seven Signs of Ambiguity" by Elliot Pearlman) The reason for its excellence is the all-star collection of writers, the variety in the writing, the high caliber of skill and creativity embedded within the journalism. I tried reading it from front to back but the thrill of so many great writers causes me to gleefully skip stories for a more spontaneous reading experience. I doubt you could buy this book and not LOVE every single page...(or at the very least MOST of the pages).

[I recommend you buy this book]
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Esquire in the 60s was the best magazine, overall, that's ever been. Editorially, design-wise (under George Lois' brilliant tutelage), literarily- it was a riot of talent. I was just the right age then, in my teens, to get the most from it. I discovered dozens of writers and journalists who remain my favorites: Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Bruce Jay Friedman, John Cheever-- Esquire hired them and had the brains to give them free rein.

This is a treasure trove. Enjoy.
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An excellent compendium to those interested in high-quality writing. Worth it for Gay Talese's "Frank Sinatra Has A Cold" alone, but also Joan Didion, F Scott Fitzgerald, Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Michael Herr, John Cheever and many more luminaries of the writing world.
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Excellent compendium of this magazine's journalism ....Esquire has published many a noteworthy writer....at over 800 pages this is book to read and go back to again and again.
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