Essays in Context

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Essays in Context

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This exceptional anthology of British and American prose provides a chronological survey of over ninety of the most important and popular essays written in the twentieth century. Essays in Context acquaints students with the development and evaluation of the essay form while also introducing them to the key historical, cultural, social, and intellectual issues of the last century. The text is organized into eighteen themes to highlight the various patterns of thought and feeling that developed throughout the century. Comprehensive biographic headnotes for the authors and a timeline of historic events help students to place the authors and their works in context. Extensive discussion questions--organized under two headings, "Understanding and Analysis" and "Comparison"--follow each selection, motivating students to evaluate the work and relate it to other selections in the text. The volume also includes footnotes and an opening chapter on how to read essays. The selections have been thoroughly annotated to explain terms, people, events, and literary allusions. An ideal text for courses in composition and expository writing, Essays in Context provides students with a framework for understanding and interrogating an extensive range of authors, from Mark Twain and T.S. Eliot to bell hooks and Leslie Marmon Silko.

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Sandra Fehl Tropp and Ann Pierson D'Angelo are both at Boston University.

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"This is an altogether superlative selection of provocative and engaging writing by some of the best essayists in English. Teachers and students alike will learn from them."--M. Thomas Inge, Randolph-Macon College

"Well balanced anthology of twentieth-century essays presenting varied philosophies. Biographical information is excellent and unique in detail and accuracy. Highly appropriate for a program in twentieth-century views."--Ann Allred, Wilmington College

"The most solid reader (in its selections) that has come across my desk in the last two years. I especially like the reading strategies at the beginning of the text."--Elizabeth Rich, Saginaw Valley State University

"An excellent book with a variety of ethnic viewpoints and styles."--Joan Anderson, El Camino College

"A very useful compilation for my students of advanced writing."--John D. Nazelrod, University of Baltimore

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