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Freshman Composition; Intermediate or Advanced Composition.
This essay reader provides in-depth introductions to fifteen of this century's most distinctive writers of nonfiction prose in the English language. The collection is arranged chronologically–from Virginia Woolf to Barry Lopez–and includes authors from the United States and Great Britain. A final section of essays offers a single selection by each of ten outstanding writers from around the world.
Virginia Woolf. Professions for Women. Leslie Stephen. The Death of the Moth.
E. B. White. Farewell, My Lovely! Walden. Education. Once More to the Lake. The Ring of Time.
George Orwell. A Hanging. Shooting an Elephant. Politics and the English Language. Antisemitism in Britain. Why I Write.
Lewis Thomas. Computers. The Tucson Zoo. Notes on Punctuation. Becoming a Doctor.
James Baldwin. Autobiographical Notes. Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A Letter from Harlem. Stranger in the Village. If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?
Cynthia Ozick. A Drugstore in Winter. The Seam of the Snail. Of Christian Heroism.
Richard Selzer. Lessons from the Art. The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold. A Mask on the Face of Death. The Pen and the Scalpel.
Joan Didion. Marrying Absurd. On Self-Respect. In Bed. Why I Write. Georgia O'Keeffe.
Margaret Atwood. Travels Back. Great Unexpectations. The Female Body.
Maxine Hong Kingston. No Name Woman. High School Reunion. The Wild Man of the Green Swamp.
Stephen Jay Gould. Women's Brains. Counters and Cable Cars. Muller Bros. Moving & Storage.
Richard Rodriguez. Complexion. Children of a Marriage. Late Victorians.
Alice Walker. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens. Am I Blue? Father.
Annie Dillard. An American Childhood. Living Like Weasels. Singing with the Fundamentalists. Push It.
Barry Lopez. The Stone Horse. The American Geographies. Renegotiating the Contracts.
Octavio Paz, Hygiene and Repression.
Doris Lessing, My Father.
Nadine Gordimer, Where Do Whites Fit In?
Chinua Achebe, Named for Victoria, Queen of England.
V. S. Naipaul, Columbus and Crusoe.
Umberto Eco, The City of Robots.
Ved Mehta, Pom's Engagement.
Vaclav Havel, Second Wind.
Clive James, The Kid from Kogarah.
Luisa Valenzuela, Writing with the Body.