The Essay: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Originally published as part of Robert DiYanni's Literature, fourth edition, The Essay serves those Introduction to Literature courses that cover this genre in addition to Poetry, Fiction, and Drama. It is available separately or in a package with DiYanni's Literature, fifth edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072498615
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 7/25/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert DiYanni is Professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, New York, where he teaches courses in literature, writing, and humanities. He has also taught at Queens College of the City University of New York, at New York University in the Graduate Rhetoric Program, and most recently in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University (1968) and his Ph.D. from the City University of New York (1976).

Robert DiYanni has written articles and reviews on various aspects of literature, composition, and pedagogy. His books include Literature: Reading, Fiction, Poetry, Drama and the Essay; The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry; Women’s Voices; Like Season’d Timber: New Essays on George Herbert; and Modern American Poets: Their Voices and Visions (a text to accompany the Annenberg-funded telecourse, Voices and Visions). With Kraft Rompf, he edited The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry, (1993) and The McGraw-Hill Book of Fiction (1995). With Pat Hoy, he edited Encounters: Readings for Inquiry and Argument (1997).

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Table of Contents

The Experience of the Essay
Mark Twain from "Cub" Wants to Be a Pilot
Loren Eiseley from The judgement of the Birds

Alice Walker from In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

E. B. White The Ring of Time
The Interpretation of the Essay
George Orwell Marrakech
The Evaluation of the Essay
Richard Selzer The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold
The Act of Reading the Essay
Gretel Ehrlich About Men

Speculative Essays
Argumentative Essays
Narrative Essays
Expository Essays

Joan Didion Los Angeles Notebook
Henry David Thoreau The Battle of the Ants
Virginia Woolf The Death of the Moth
Francis Bacon Of Revenge

CHAPTER 4: APPROACHING AN ESSAY: Reading and Writing Guidelines
Guidelines for Reading
Annie Dillard Living Like Weasels
Suggestions for Writing

Reasons for Writing About Essays
Informal Ways of Writing About Essays
Formal Ways of Writing About Essays
Writing to Interpret an Essay
Zora Neale Hurston How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Three Student Essays
Questions for Writing About Essays

Reading E. B. White and Maxine Hong Kingston in Depth
Questions for In-Depth Reading
Introduction to E. B. White
White on Writing
Critics on White
E. B. White: Essays
Once More to the Lake
The Geese
Introduction to Maxine Hong Kingston
Kingston on Writing
Critics on Kingston
Maxine Hong Kingston: Prose
No Name Woman
On Discovery

Michel de Montaigne Of Smells
Francis Bacon Of Love
John Donne Meditation XVII: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal
Mark Twain "Cub" Wants to Be a Pilot
E. M. Forster Our Graves In Gallipoli
Virginia Woolf Old Mrs. Grey
George Orwell Shooting an Elephant
Loren Eiseley The Judgment of the Birds
James Baldwin Notes of a Native Son
A Sampling of Contemporary Essays
Tom Wolfe The Right Stuff
Alice Walker In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens
Bernard Cooper Burl's
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