Norton Book of Personal Essays

Epstein, Joseph

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Some fifty of the finest personal essays selected by the man often hailed as the "premier essayist of our time."

In this anthology of twentieth-century essays, some of our most-admired American and British writers express their lively, candid, entertaining, thoughtful, and--above all--various opinions. Topics range from Tangier to a lake in Maine, from racial conflict to sky diving, from the expectations we bring to travel to the athletics of the table. The essays are selected and introduced by Joseph Epstein, himself a leading contemporary practitioner of the form. Most prominent in each essay is the distinctive style of the essayist; style, as Epstein points out in his introduction, is not only what keeps literature alive but also a personal way of looking at the world.

Blending the profound and the buoyant, the traditional and the new, the expected and the surprising, The Norton Book of Personal Essays offers a basketful of delights sure to find a permanent place on readers' shelves. Mark Twain, Max Beerbohm, Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather, M. F. K. Fisher, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. B. White, Oliver Sacks, H. L. Mencken, Truman Capote, and Flannery O'Connor are among the contributors to this volume. The chief principle of selection has been the pleasure that essays, operating at their highest power, always give.

Review: This amazing collection consists of talented writers approaching highly personal subjects. Dorothy Parker is not terribly pleased about turning 40. A. J. Liebling holds forth on having a good appetite. Zora Neale Hurston meditates on the color of her skin and what that means. Flannery O'Connor writes with introspection about raising peacocks on her farm. John Gregory Dunne discusses his feelings about adopting a daughter with his wife, Joan Didion. More than 50 selections can be found in The Norton Book of Personal Essays, and the roster of writers couldn't be more impressive.

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