50 Essays: A Portable Anthology / Edition 3

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312609658
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 9/17/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 135,631
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors

Alternate Tables of Contents
     By Theme
     By Paired Readings
     By Rhetorical Mode
     By Purpose
     By Chronological Order

Introduction for Students: Active Reading, Critical Thinking, and the Writing Process
     *Student Essay: Jonathon Schaff, “Dangerous Duality: How Racism Splits Us in Two”

Sherman Alexie, The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me
Maya Angelou, Graduation
Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue
Barbara Lazear Ascher, On Compassion
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
Dave Barry, Lost in the Kitchen
William F. Buckley, Why Don't We Complain?
* Rachel Carson, The Obligation to Endure
Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria
* Jared Diamond, The Ends of the World as We Know Them
* Joan Didion, On Morality
* Annie Dillard, Seeing
Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write
Barbara Ehrenreich, Serving in Florida
Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving
Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie
* Stephen Jay Gould, Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs
Langston Hughes, Salvation
Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
* Steven Johnson, Everything Bad Is Good for You: Games
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman
* Verlyn Klinkenborg, Our Vanishing Night
* Audre Lorde, The Fourth of July
Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple
Malcolm X, Learning to Read
* Bill McKibben, Curbing Nature's Paparazzi
N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
* Plato, Allegory of the Cave
* Michael Pollan, What's Eating America
Richard Rodriguez, Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood
Mike Rose, “I Just Wanna Be Average”
* Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds
* Eric Schlosser, Kid Kustomers
* David Sedaris, A Plague of Tics
* Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments
Brent Staples, Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman?
Sarah Vowell, Shooting Dad
* Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens
E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
Marie Winn, Television: The Plug-In Drug
Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth
Documentation Guide
Glossary of Writing Terms

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Too much of "the same"

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012


    what happens in the book?????????????

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    A Comprehensive Collection

    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.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Better on concept than execution

    The level of the essays seems to be geared toward high school and college students. There is a preponderance of essays on civil rights.

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    Posted June 6, 2011

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