Clear Writing: Readings in Expository Prose / Edition 1

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Clear Writing is a compact, varied, and very readable collection of prose, designed to provide models of excellent and engaging writing for courses in rhetoric, composition, writing, university writing, expository prose, non-fiction writing, and the essay.

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"This is a fantastic reader. Clear Writing matches contemporary ideas and issues with clear, effective writing from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries and draws on an impressive range of contexts and genres. This is an ideal book for writing instructors who wish to emphasize connections, especially the relationships between reading, writing, ideas, and critical thinking.” - Patricia Whiting, Carleton University
"Clear Writing is an impressive collection of many of the world's finest writers, wonderful models for students, and a very sensitive representation of voices often not heard. The division both by subject and by rhetorical mode is helpful; the juxtaposition of authors from different periods—for example, Samuel Johnson just before Naomi Klein—is a dramatic statement to students about the timelessness of great writing." - Rosalie Murphy Baum, University of South Florida
"I have never seen a collection of essays before with so much historical, political, and academic variety—essays on yawning and batting averages are included alongside canonical texts of political and cultural theory. The selections are consistently intelligent and insightful; the book as a whole is genuinely engaging." - Katherine Sutherland, Thompson Rivers University
"Clear Writing includes an impressive range of canonical and contemporary writings. I like the selections, which demonstrate a strong critical sensibility without sacrificing accessibility." - Matthew A. Levy, University of Texas at Arlington
"Clear Writing is an excellent anthology for student readers. The selections are variously funny, elegiac, politically savvy, exposing students not only to different genres but to different tones and modes of writing—but always paragons of lucid prose. These are perfect essays for developing a student's ear for poetics and rhetoric, and, perhaps most importantly, the love of reading that fosters good writing. They are essays to imitate as well as consume, and all are 'meaty' enough to foster discussion about their content as well as about their writerly strategies. I could imagine using this anthology for anyone from high school English students to undergraduates studying composition to graduate students in courses on rhetoric, the essay, or the history of prose style." - Elizabeth Freeman, University of California Davis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551118246
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Index—Rhetorical Modes
Personal Experiences
E. B. White
Once More to the Lake
James Baldwin
Notes of a Native Son
Annie Dillard
Terwilliger Bunts One
Lucy Grealy
Pony Party
David Sedaris
Old Faithful
Temple Grandin
My Story
Global Media
Samuel Johnson
On Advertising
Naomi Klein
The Swoosh
Douglas Coupland
Nancy Franklin
Model Citizens
Malcolm Gladwell
Brain Candy
Nature and the Environment
Virginia Woolf
The Death of the Moth
Edward Hoagland
The Courage of Turtles
Barry Lopez
The Passing Wisdom of Birds
Peter Singer
Don Gayton
A Cautionary Tale
Social Issues
Jonathan Swift
A Modest Proposal
W.E.B. Du Bois
A Mild Suggestion
Richard Rodriguez
Gloria Steinem
Supremacy Crimes
Robert Murray
It’s Not Like Falling Asleep
Barbara Ehrenreich
Maid to Order
Laura Robinson
Women’s Volleyball
Law and Politics
Michel de Montaigne
Of a Monstrous Child
Henry David Thoreau
Civil Disobedience
Abraham Lincoln
The Gettysburg Address
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Winston Churchill
Wars Are Not Won by Evacuations
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Gwynne Dyer
How People Power Topples the Tyrant
John Jay Chapman
Martha Gellhorn
The Bomber Boys
Hannah Arendt
Deportations from Western Europe—Denmark
Robert Darnton
Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Severin
Philip Gourevitch
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
Joan Didion
History Lesson
Jonathan Vance
The Soldier as Novelist
Science and Technology
Stephen Jay Gould
Entropic Homogeneity Isn’t Why No One Hits .400 Any More
Jay Ingram
This Chapter is a Yawner
Witold Rybczynski
One Good Turn
Eric Schlosser
Why the Fries Taste Good
Meenakshi Wadhwa
In Her Own Words
Human Nature
William Hazlitt
On the Pleasure of Hating
George Eliot
Only Temper
Mark Twain
Corn-Pone Opinions
Stanley Milgram
Behavioral Study of Obedience
Nicholson Baker
Changes of Mind
Richard Wrangham
Killer Species
Languages and Cultures
Ernest Hemingway
Pamplona in July
George Orwell
Shooting an Elephant
N. Scott Momaday
The Way to Rainy Mountain
Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Decolonising the Mind
Perri Klass
Learning the Language
Amy Tan
Mother Tongue
Literature and Other Arts
Gilbert Highet
The Gettysburg Address
Lawrence Weschler
Comedy of Values
Maya Lin
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Douglas Coupland
Group of Seven
Susan Sontag
Looking at War
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Phillis Wheatley on Trial
Glossary of Terms
Index—Author and Title

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