Understanding the Essay

Understanding the Essay

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This is a book on how to read the essay, one that demonstrates how reading is inextricably tied to the art of writing. It aims to treat the essay with the close attention that has been given to other literary genres, and in doing so it suggests the beauty and depth of the form as a whole. At once personal appreciations and acute critical assessments, the pieces collected here broaden our perspective on the essay as a major literary art, tracing its history from William Hazlitt to Joan Didion.But when McPhee picks up his pen, I sense a writer thinking long and shrewdly about structure before he even puts a word on paper. Consider, for example, his wonderful portrait of the late Thomas Hoving, director of New Yorka#39;s Metropolitan Museum of Art. A lesser writer ... talking with his wife, hunting art for the museum in Europe) and some from the past (getting into trouble in high school, working in aanbsp;...

Title:Understanding the Essay
Author:Patricia Foster, Jeff Porter
Publisher:Broadview Press - 2012-07-25


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