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Twenty-Five Great Essays (Penguin Academics Series) (2nd Edition) Paperback – May 25, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0321261632 ISBN-10: 0321261631 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Academics
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 2 edition (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321261631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321261632
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,188,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Twenty-Five Great Essays provides that number of the most exemplary and rewarding selections available in the English language. The anthology combines classic essays of great instructional value together with the most frequently anthologized essays of recent note by today's most highly regarded writers. The selections exhibit a broad range of diversity in subject matter and authorship. All essays have been selected for their utility as both models for writing and for their usefulness as springboards for independent writing. An introductory section informs readers about the qualities of the essay form and offers instruction on how to read essays critically and use the writing process to develop their own essays. For those interested in learning about reading, writing and critical thinking by studying examples of great writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on February 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are an instructor of English Composition or an introductory literature class, this slim volume, edited by Robert DiYanni, is fairly comprehensive and represents a wide range of subjects and styles. Much lighter in weight and price than most anthologies (and, face it, how many pages of those fat anthologies do you really teach from?), TWENTY-FIVE GREAT ESSAYS is extremely practical. The anthology includes writers like: James Baldwin, Stephen Jay Gould, E.B. White, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Ehrlich, George Orwell, and Maxine Hong Kingston.
I don't always agree with the commentaries that precede each essay, and I don't find all the "Possibilities for writing" questions after each essay that valuable. Still, it is a worthwhile and practical collection that will appeal to teachers and students alike.
Rocco Dormarunnno
Instructor, The College of New Rochelle
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By Happy on October 11, 2014
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Still reading. Very good thus far.
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