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The Next American Essay (A New History of the Essay) Paperback – February 1, 2003
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What is the essay? How do we define it and why? What are our expectations and do they matter?
If you are looking for a traditional anthology this book is not for you, but if you are interested in exploring the possibilities of the essay, this book is a find! Next American Essay offers the reader a lot, but most of it is not on the surface. This is not an anthology that is easy to skim through, but it's definitely worth a serious read.
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I was hoping for something more elevated. This reminded me of my days in high school, when being miserable was cool. No thank you.Published 20 months ago by gobblegoose
The essays in this book are the best of the best. Varied in their subjects and forms, they are wonderful examples of the lyric non fiction essay. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Jen Pocock
For those who are interested in writing the lyric essay, this is an excellent collection of essays woven together by the editor with glimpses of each decade. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Carollyne Sinclaire
There's no doubt that D'Agata sets the bar high - over here in Europe, who knew? - and there is much here to astonish. I like the proud emphasis on 'American' (that's telling us! Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
An amazingly well written and eclectic group of essays. If you are an essayist or a memoir writer (or wannabe), then this book is an absolute must!Published on February 4, 2011 by Barbra Nightingale
Some brief reviews of essays within the anthology:
Sherman Alexie's "Captivity" seemed rather experimental, even for Alexie. Read more