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50 Essays: A Portable Anthology is the best-selling value-priced reader in the country because its virtues don't stop at the price. Its carefully chosen selections include enough classic essays to reassure instructors, and enough high-interest and high-quality contemporary readings to keep things lively and relevant for students. The editorial apparatus is more extensive than in competing value readers, but still is flexible and unobtrusive enough to support a variety of approaches to teaching composition. In its third edition, 50 Essays continues to offer selections that instructors enjoy teaching, at a price students won't resist, but with more editorial emphasis than before on the critical thinking and academic writing skills of today's composition courses.
50 Essays: A Portable Anthology directly addresses students' and instructors' concerns that composition readers are too expensive and too large. With a net price of $17.50, less than half the size and price of comparable readers, 50 Essays meets the needs of a wide variety of classrooms. The carefully chosen table of contents presents enough familiarity to reassure instructors, enough novelty to keep things interesting, and enough variety to accommodate many different teaching needs. The editorial apparatus has been designed to support that variety of needs without being intrusive. In its second edition, 50 Essays continues to offer selections that instructors love to teach, with even more flexibility and more support for academic writing.
Posted October 10, 2009
During my years as a student I have come across many compelling essays, only a few were in this book. The majority of the readings were about the author's race or social status, and only a few were interesting enough to actually have a class discussion about. My class used this book to learn about writing about personal experiences but, being mostly about race problems from 50 years ago, my classmates and I had a difficult time relating.
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Posted February 20, 2010
I bought this book for a college class, and was pleasantly surprised to find its content not only valuable to students, but also appealing to the average reader. The essays span a wide variety of time periods, authors (both famous and obscure!), and outlooks; however, the prevailing theme seems to be one of social issues, both current and historical. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to gain a better grasp of exactly what essays are all about. As an aside, the indexing is extensive and amazingly thorough.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2010
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