The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose, second edition / Edition 2

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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 Witold Rybcynski to David Sedaris and Elizabeth Kolbert—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 Luis and Walter Alvarez’s suggestion that an asteroid caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 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.
Also included in the text is a range of questions and suggestions for discussion. The text selections are numbered by paragraph for ready reference.
Added to the second edition are new selections by Malcolm Gladwell, Doris Lessing, Eric Schlosser, Binyavanga Wainaina, and over twenty others. This new edition also provides pairings of informal and academic articles that address the same topic, allowing readers to consider contrasting approaches.

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Editorial Reviews

Susanna Egan University of British Columbia
"Broadview has surpassed itself. This eclectic anthology represents the essay as a supple form of expression, and its subject as all that pertains to the human condition. Invaluable for the classroom, this collection will also challenge, amuse, provoke, and console the general reader."
Paul D. Farkas Metropolitan State College
"The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose is one of the best essay anthologies I have seen. The remarkable diversity of the essays covers an impressive range of authors, styles, topics, and viewpoints. Included are essays from the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences; scholarly essays, literary essays, and popular essays; traditional essays and contemporary ones; short essays and long ones; essays in a wide range of tones and of voices, by men and women from a wide range of backgrounds. An added bonus is the historical range of prose styles from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. The quality of the essays also deserves high praise; again and again these readings demonstrate how the most common questions may provoke uncommon insights. Many selections have a sharp edge but they challenge a reader's mindset without being confrontational. The topics make one take notice; the essays then lead the reader through the complexities of analysis. This anthology of significant, incisive, diverse essays should make a significant contribution to the recognition of the essay as a vitally important genre—and of essay writing as a vitally important literary and argumentative art."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554810376
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 650
  • Sales rank: 1,104,373
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Titles new to this edition are indicated with an asterisk.
Table of Contents by Subject
Table of Contents by Rhetorical Category
Michel de Montaigne
Of Democritus and Heraclitus from Of Experience
Of Experience - website
Of the Education of Children - website
Francis Bacon
Of Studies
John Donne from For Whom this Bell Tolls (Meditation XVII)
Margaret Cavendish
On Social Class & Happiness
On Hearing the Ship Was Drowned - website
Jonathan Swift
A Modest Proposal
Samuel Johnson
To Reign Once More in Our Native Country
On Becoming Acquainted with Our Real Characters - website
Mary Wollstonecraft
To M. Tallyrand-Périgord, Late Bishop of Autun
Charles Lyell from The Principles of Geology
Harriet Martineau
Niagara - website
Henry David Thoreau
Civil Disobedience
George Copway
Ball-Playing - website
Charles Darwin from On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
George Eliot from Only Temper - website
Mark Twain
A River Pilot Looks at the Mississippi
*Eliza M.
Account of Cape Town, 1863
*Lady Agnes MacDonald
By Car and Cowcatcher
Oscar Wilde
The New Aesthetic
Jane Addams
On Halsted Street
W.E.B. DuBois
A Mild Suggestion
Stephen Leacock
Roughing It in the Bush - website

• Winston Churchill from Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat from We Shall Fight on the Beaches from This Was their Finest Hour
Virginia Woolf
Professions for Women
The Death of the Moth
George Orwell
*Shooting an Elephant
Politics and the English Language
Stanley Milgram from Behavioral Study of Obedience
Raymond Williams
Correctness and the English Language
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Groucho Marx
Dinner with My Celebrated Pen Pal T.S. Eliot
Margaret Laurence
Where the World Began
Roland Barthes
The World of Wrestling
Alden Nowlan
Ladies and Gentlemen, Stompin' Tom Connors! - website
Janet Flanner
Pablo Picasso
Mme. Marie Curie (1866-1934)
Marvin Harris
Pig Lovers and Pig Haters
Fran Lebowitz
Children: Pro or Con?
Peter Singer
Speciesism and the Equality of Animals
Adrienne Rich
Taking Women Students Seriously
Invisibility in Academe
Susan Wolf
Moral Saints - website
Mike Royko
Another Accolade for Charter Arms Corp
*Luis W. Alvarez, Walter Alvarez, Frank Asaro, and Helen V. Michel
Extraterrestrial Cause for the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction
*Elizabeth Kolbert
The Sixth Extinction?
Alice Munro
What Is Real?
Robert Darnton
Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Séverin
Elaine Showalter
Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism
Stephen Jay Gould
Entropic Homogeneity Isn't Why No One Hits .400 Any More
Ngugi Wa Thiongo from Decolonising the Mind
W.H. Graham
Four Farms in the Tenth of Reach - website
Stevie Cameron
Our Daughters, Ourselves - website
Anatole Broyard
Intoxicated by My Illness
Emily Martin
The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles
*Jamaica Kincaid
On Seeing England for the First Time
Dionne Brand
On Poetry
Ursula Franklin
Silence and the Notion of the Commons
Robert D. Putnam
Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital
Alice Beck Kehoe
Transcribing Insima, A Blackfoot Old Lady
Thomas Hurka
Philosophy, Morality, and The English Patient
The Moral Superiority of Casablanca over The English Patient - website
Judith Rich Harris
Where is the Childs Environment? A Group Socialization Theory of Development
Philip Gourevitch from We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
Gwynne Dyer
How People Power Topples the Tyrant - website
Larissa Lai
Political Animals and the Body of History
Witold Rybcyznski
One Good Turn: Why the Robertson Screwdriver Is the Biggest Little Invention of the Twentieth Century
Tim Devlin
Does Working for Welfare Work?
Naomi Klein
The Swoosh
Margaret Atwood
First Job
*Mark Beeman, John Kounios, et al.
Neural Activity When People Solve Verbal Problems with Insight
*Jonah Lehrer
The Eureka Hunt
*Binyavanga Wainaina
How to Write about Africa
*Doris Lessing
On Not Winning the Nobel Prize
*Malcolm Gladwell
None of the Above: What I.Q Doesnt Tell You About Race
Priced to Sell: Is Free the Future?
The Sports Taboo - website
*Adam Gopnik
The Corrections
*Eric Schlosser
Penny Foolish: Why Does Burger King Insist on Shortchanging Tomato Pickers?
*Margaret Wente
The Charitable and the Cheap: Which One Are You?
*Fabrizio Benedetti, Antonella Pollo, and Luana Colloca
Opioid-Mediated Placebo Responses Boost Pain Endurance and Physical Performance: Is It Doping in Sport Competitions?
*David Sedaris
This Old House
*Daniel Heath Justice
Fear of a Changeling Moon
*Barack Obama
A More Perfect Union
*Irene M. Pepperberg, Jennifer Vicinay, and Patrick Cavanagh
Processing of the Muller-Lyer Illusion by a Grey Parrot
*Irene Pepperberg from Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligenceand Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
*William F. Baker, D. Stanton Korista, and Lawrence C. Novak
Engineering the Worlds TallestBurj Dubai
*Peggy Orenstein
Stop Your Search Engines
*Neal McLeod
Cree Poetic Discourse
*Michael Harris
The Unrepentant Whore
*James Salter
The Art of the Ditch
Biographical Notes

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