Fifty Great Essays (Penguin Academic Series) / Edition 4

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An affordable reader with 50 classic and contemporary readings. Alphabetically organized by author, for ease and flexiblity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205706785
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Reading and Writing

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Introduction: Reading and Writing

  1. Gloria Anzaldua, How to Tame a Wild Tongue
  2. *Kwame Anthony Appiah, Facts on the Ground
  3. Francis Bacon, Of Studies
  4. Dave Barry, Road Warrior
  5. Roland Barthes, Toys
  6. Lord Chesterfield, Letter to His Son
  7. Judith Ortiz Cofer, Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood
  8. K.C. Cole, Calculated Risks
  9. Charles Darwin, Natural Selection
  10. *Joan Didion, On Self-Respect
  11. Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels
  12. Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write
  13. Brian Doyle, Joyas Voladoras
  14. Gretel Ehrlich, About Men
  15. Ralph Ellison, Living with Music
  16. Richard Feynman, The Value of Science
  17. Benjamin Franklin, Arriving at Perfection
  18. Ellen Goodman, The Company Man
  19. Mary Gordon, More Than Just a Shrine–Ellis Island
  20. William Hazlitt, On the Pleasure of Hating
  21. *Linda Hogan, Dwellings
  22. Michael Hogan, The Colonel
  23. Langston Hughes, Salvation
  24. *Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
  25. Pico Iyer, Nowhere Man
  26. *Jamaica Kincaid, On Seeing England for the First Time
  27. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
  28. *Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies
  29. Maxine Hong Kingston, On Discovery
  30. Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
  31. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Morals of the Prince
  32. *Laura Miller , Cat People vs. Dog People
  33. N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
  34. Michel de Montaigne, Of Smalls
  35. Nuala O’Faolain, Are You Somebody?
  36. George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
  37. Scott Russell Sanders, Under the Influence
  38. *David Sedaris, Cyclops
  39. * Lee Siegel, The World That Is the Case
  40. Susan Sontag, A Woman’s Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?
  41. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
  42. Brent Staples, Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space
  43. Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
  44. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
  45. Henry David Thoreau, Why I Went to the Woods
  46. Sojourner Truth, Ain’t I a Woman?
  47. *Alice Walker , Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self
  48. E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
  49. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  50. Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth
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