Item Details

The Making of the American Essay

edited and introduced by John D'Agata
Format
Book
Published
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9781555977344, 1555977340
Summary
"Now, with "The making of the American essay' the editor includes selections ranging from Anne Bradstreet's secular prayers to Washington Irving's satires, Emily Dickinson's love letters to Kenneth Goldsmith's catalog's, Gertrude Stein's portraits to James Baldwin's and Norman Mailer's mediations on boxing. In this volume the editor uncovers new stories in the American essay's past and shows us that some of the most fiercely daring writers in the American literary canon have turned to the essay in order to produce some of our culture's most exhilarating art."--Jacket.
Contents
  • For my dear son Simon Bradstreet / Anne Bradstreet
  • Narrative of the captivity / Mary Rowlandson
  • Sinners in the hands of an angry God / Jonathan Edwards
  • On snakes : and on the humming-bird / J. Hector St. John
  • A history of New York / Washington Irving
  • Nature / Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Walking / Henry David Thoreau
  • Whiteness of the whale / Herman Melville
  • A chapter on autography / Edgar Allan Poe
  • To recipient unknown / Emily Dickinson
  • Weather : does it sympathize with these times?
  • Walt Whitman
  • A Matisse / William Carlos Williams
  • Dry salvages / T.S. Eliot
  • Of the coming of John / W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Letters from the earth / Mark Twain
  • All the numbers from Numbers / Kenneth Goldsmith
  • Blood-burning moon / Jean Toomer
  • If I told him : a completed portrait of Picasso / Gertrude Stein
  • In a café / Laura Riding Jackson
  • Testimony : the United States / Charles Reznikoff
  • Crack-up / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Brooklyn is / James Agee
  • What else / Walter Abish
  • Once more to the lake / E.B. White
  • Lecture on nothing / John Cage
  • In the fifties / Leonard Michaels
  • Yellow bus / Lillian Ross
  • Ten thousand words a minute / Norman Mailer
  • Fight : Patterson vs. Liston / James Baldwin
  • Kandy-kolored tangerine-flake streamline baby / Tom Wolfe
  • Frank Sinatra has a cold / Gay Talese
  • In the heart of the heart of the country / William Gass
  • Way to Rainy Mountain / N. Scott Momaday
  • I remember / Joe Brainard
  • Sentence / Donald Barthelme
  • Signified / Susan Steinberg
  • Brownstone / Renata Adler
  • Humility / Kathy Acker
  • Elliptical / Harryette Mullen.
Description
798 pages ; 23 cm
Notes
  • Anthology of essays originally published 1630-1974.
  • "The final volume in John D'Agata's landmark series, A new history of the essay"--Page 4 of cover.
Technical Details
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