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50 Essays: A Portable Anthology 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 858-0001053769
ISBN-10: 0312609655
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About the Author

Samuel Cohen (PhD, City University of New York) is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s, co-editor (with Lee Konstantinou) of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace, Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture, and has published in such journals as Novel, Clio, Twentieth-Century Literature, The Journal of Basic Writing, and Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he is author of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology and coauthor of Literature: The Human Experience.
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Product Details

  • Series: 50 Essays A portable Anthology 3rd Edition (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 3rd edition (September 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312609655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312609658
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2010
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This collection provides diversity of background, diversity of age, diversity of issue, and, despite a recurrent whiny complaint on this page, diversity of political opinion. Some of its essays are personal and introspective, while others are public and informative. Some ruminate on an idea, while others endorse a position. Some test ideas, while other argue positions. Most are in English, though there's one Plato translation and some on bilingual issues.

Like many writing teachers, I believe students learn to write in part by reading constructively. This collection compiles writers like Frederick Douglass, Maxine Hong Kingston, Bill Buckley, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to make that more possible. Teachers can arrange readings around themes, topics, time periods, writing styles, or other approaches. And since essays range from only two pages to nearly twenty, students can learn to write for various lengths.

Moreover, the essays are simply readable, even without an assignment at hand. I sometimes grab my copy and flip to random essays when I have minutes to fill, because they give me something to think about, and it's more productive than browsing YouTube. Whether you're a teacher, student, or general reader, this short, sweet collection will give you plenty of ways to enjoy the fine art of contemporary creative nonfiction.
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By erb on August 30, 2013
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I'm a new Adjunct and I picked this book for my first English 101 class. The students like it, I like it, and the introduction and glossary in the back are extremely great teaching tools. The readings are also just difficult enough that students would need a dictionary but not hard enough to totally stump most EFL students. I would definitely recommend this book to other profs.
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It came pretty quick in shipping. I bought this for my English class, only to have read perhaps 1/2 dozen essays. The rest of them, i read on my own time. Some of the best works of our history, and should be well known by anyone. Whether your in English class or just want to read some great work- this is your book to buy.
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I am glad my English professor assigned my class to purchased this book for most of his class readings and given assignments. All besides interesting, this book discusses many social discourses from essays written by well-known authors. Essays enjoyed inside hundreds of classrooms. Phenomenal read, and most of all, through this book, you will understand the importance of Education of many forms.

Let's continue to educate ourselves!
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I bought this for a college english class, it's a good collection of short essays from some great authors. I will probably not sell this one to the bookstore after the class ends because I really enjoyed reading it.
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i got this book required for my english class. It actually had good stories in it and I enjoyed reading it. I knew nothing of Malcolm X and now I do and some other known people. I don't read much but it was a good buy.
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By Mommyof5 on November 4, 2013
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very very helpful for my daughter who is taking an AP English class this term she is always going back to reference the material in the book!!!
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Good book, used for my English class..
Recommended for College students
Had a lot of good content.
Received book in an excellent condition
Came within the correct period of time

Would Highly Recommend it!
Thanks!
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