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CHAPTER 1: READING ESSAYS

The Experience of the Essay

Mark Twain from "Cub" Wants to Be a Pilot

Loren Eiseley from The judgement of the Birds

Alice Walker from In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

E. B. White The Ring of Time

The Interpretation of the Essay

George Orwell Marrakech

The Evaluation of the Essay

Richard Selzer The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold

The Act of Reading the Essay

Gretel Ehrlich About Men

CHAPTER 2: TYPES OF ESSAY

Speculative Essays

Argumentative Essays

Narrative Essays

Expository Essays

CHAPTER 3: ELEMENTS OF THE ESSAY

Voice

Joan Didion Los Angeles Notebook

Style

Henry David Thoreau The Battle of the Ants

Structure

Virginia Woolf The Death of the Moth

Thought

Francis Bacon Of Revenge

CHAPTER 4: APPROACHING AN ESSAY: Reading and Writing Guidelines

Guidelines for Reading

Annie Dillard Living Like Weasels

Suggestions for Writing

CHAPTER 5: WRITING ABOUT ESSAYS

Reasons for Writing About Essays

Informal Ways of Writing About Essays

Formal Ways of Writing About Essays

Writing to Interpret an Essay

Zora Neale Hurston How It Feels to Be Colored Me

Three Student Essays

Questions for Writing About Essays

CHAPTER 6: TWO ESSAYISTS IN CONTEXT

Reading E. B. White and Maxine Hong Kingston in Depth

Questions for In-Depth Reading

Introduction to E. B. White

White on Writing

Critics on White

E. B. White: Essays

Once More to the Lake

The Geese

Introduction to Maxine Hong Kingston

Kingston on Writing

Critics on Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston: Prose

No Name Woman

Silence

On Discovery

CHAPTER 7: A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS

Michel de Montaigne Of Smells

Francis Bacon Of Love

John Donne Meditation XVII: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal

Mark Twain "Cub" Wants to Be a Pilot

E. M. Forster Our Graves In Gallipoli

Virginia Woolf Old Mrs. Grey

George Orwell Shooting an Elephant

Loren Eiseley The Judgment of the Birds

James Baldwin Notes of a Native Son

A Sampling of Contemporary Essays

Tom Wolfe The Right Stuff

Alice Walker In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

Bernard Cooper Burl's

Acknowledgments Index