The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose / Edition 1

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A substantial selection of classic essays allows readers to trace the history of the essay from Swift to Woolf and Orwell and beyond. A selection of the finest of contemporary essays—from Joan Didion to Witold Rybcynski—provides a broad sample of the genre in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The academic essays begin with classic selections from such writers as Darwin and Charles Lyell, but the emphasis is on recent decades. Emphasized as well are academic papers or essays that have been especially influential or controversial, from J. Tuzo Wilson’s writing on continental drift to Judith Rich Harris’s argument that the influence of peers may be at least as influential in the formation of personality as that of parents.

Works of different lengths, levels of difficulty and subject matter are all represented, as are narrative, descriptive and persuasive essays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551114262
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents by Subject
Table of Contents by Rhetorical Category
Of Democritus and Heraclitus 1
from Of Experience 4
from Of the Education of Children 8
Of Studies 11
from For Whom This Bell Tolls (Meditation XVII) 14
On Social Class and Happiness 16
On Hearing the Ship Was Drowned 18
A Modest Proposal 20
On Becoming Acquainted with Our Real Characters 29
To Reign Once More in Our Native Country 33
To M. Talleyrand-Perigord, Late Bishop of Autun 37
from The Principles of Geology 42
Niagara 46
Civil Disobedience 50
Ball-Playing 71
from On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection 73
from Only Temper 79
A River Pilot Looks at the Mississippi 83
The New Aesthetic 86
On Halsted Street 89
A Mild Suggestion 92
Roughing It in the Bush 96
Professions for Women 101
The Death of the Moth 106
Once More to the Lake 110
Politics and the English Language 117
Lear, Tolstoy, and the Fool 130
from The Highway and the City 146
from Behavioral Study of Obedience 151
Correctness and the English Language 163
Letter from Birmingham Jail 165
Dinner with my Celebrated Pen Pal T. S. Eliot 181
On Going Home 184
Did the Atlantic Close and then Re-Open? 188
The Way to Rainy Mountain 206
Where the World Began 213
The World of Wrestling 219
Ladies and Gentlemen, Stompin' Tom Connors! 229
Pablo Picasso 240
Mme. Marie Curie (1866-1934) 242
Pig Lovers and Pig Haters 245
The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn 261
Children: Pro or Con? 274
Speciesism and the Equality of Animals 277
Taking Women Students Seriously 283
Invisibility in Academe 290
Moral Saints 294
Another Accolade for Charter Arms Corp 314
What is Real? 318
Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Severin 323
Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism 350
Entropic Homogeneity Isn't Why No One Hits 400 Any More 367
from Decolonising the Mind 384
Terwilliger Bunts One 394
Four Farms in the Tenth of Reach 402
Our Daughters, Ourselves 411
Intoxicated by My Illness 414
A Four-Hundred-Year-Old Woman 418
The Egg and the Sperm: How Science has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles 423
On Poetry 441
Silence and the Notion of the Commons 443
Fear Itself 450
Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital 462
Transcribing Insima, a Blackfoot "Old Lady" 479
The Passing of Anatole Broyard 499
The Sports Taboo 528
Philosophy, Morality, and The English Patient 539
Where is the Child's Environment? A Group Socialization Theory of Development 546
Saving the Balzar 564
from We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families 574
How People Power Topples the Tyrant 582
Political Animals and the Body of History 587
One Good Turn Why the Robertson Screwdriver is the Biggest Little Invention of the Twentieth Century 597
Does Working for Welfare Work? 602
The Swoosh 611
First Job 626
Biographical Notes 629
Acknowledgements 643
Index 649
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