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The Best American Essays 1999

by Robert Atwan

  • ISBN: 9780395860540
  • ISBN10: 0395860547

The Best American Essays 1999

by Robert Atwan

  • List Price: $27.50
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish date: 10/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780395860540
  • ISBN10: 0395860547
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Description: This year's wonderfully diverse collection features such respected writers as Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Frazier, Mary Gordon, and Arthur Miller. These essays range widely across the American landscape -- from a California monastery to a Manhattan apartment -- and along the way introduce us to a fine array of talented new voices. Called by John Updike "the best essayist of my generation, " Edward Hoagland has assembled a powerful volume that vividly showcases the art and craft of the contemporary essay.

"Essays are how we speak to one another in print -- sharing thoughts not merely in order to convey a certain packet of information, but with a special edge or bounce of personal character in a kind of public letter ... A layman who has diligently looked something, walking in the mosses of regret after the death of a parent, for instance, may acquire a tangible authority, even without being memorably angry or funny or possessing a beguiling equanimity. He cares; therefore, if he has tinkered enough with his words, we do too."

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