Essayists on the Essay

Essayists on the Essay

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The first historically and internationally comprehensive collection of its kind, Essayists on the Essay is a path-breaking work that is nothing less than a richly varied sourcebook for anyone interested in the theory, practice, and art of the essay. This unique work includes a selection of fifty distinctive pieces by American, Canadian, English, European, and South American essayists from Montaigne to the presenta€”many of which have not previously been anthologized or translateda€”as well as a detailed bibliographical and thematic guide to hundreds of additional works about the essay. From a buoyant introduction that provides a sweeping historical and analytic overview of essayistsa€™ thinking about their genrea€”a collective poetics of the essaya€”to the detailed headnotes offering pointed information about both the essayists themselves and the anthologized selections, to the richly detailed bibliographic sections, Essayists on the Essay is essential to anyone who cares about the form. This collection provides teachers, scholars, essayists, and readers with the materials they need to take a fresh look at this important but often overlooked form that has for too long been relegated to the role of service genrea€”used primarily to write about other more a€œliterarya€ genres or to teach young people how to write. Here, in a single celebratory volume, are four centuries of commentary and theory reminding us of the essaya€™s storied history, its international appeal, and its relationship not just with poetry and fiction but also with radio, film, video, and new media.The short piece that follows, entitled a€œAn Essay on Virginiaa€ (1925), is a kind of outtake from In the American Grain. It simultaneously advances and enacts a modernist, and more specifically cubist, theory of the essay while also critiquinganbsp;...


Title:Essayists on the Essay
Author: Carl H. Klaus, Ned Stuckey-French
Publisher:University of Iowa Press - 2012-03-15
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