Some fifty of the finest personal essays selected by the man often hailed as the "premier essayist of our time."In this anthology of twentieth-century essays, some of our most-admired American and British writers express their lively, candid, entertaining, thoughtful, and--above all--various opinions. Topics range from Tangier to a lake in Maine, from racial conflict to sky diving, from the expectations we bring to travel to the athletics of the table. The essays are selected and introduced by Joseph Epstein, himself a leading contemporary practitioner of the form. Most prominent in each essay is the distinctive style of the essayist; style, as Epstein points out in his introduction, is not only what keeps literature alive but also a personal way of looking at the world.
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In his introduction, Epstein contends that ""whatever the ostensible subject of a personal essay, at bottom the true subject is the author of the essay."" Maybe so, but the degree to which this is true varies greatly in this 53-piece collection.| Read Full Review of The Norton Book of Personal E...
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