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The Best American Essays of the Century
By Robert Atwan (editor) and Joyce Carol Oates (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date October 10, 2001
Pages 596
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618155873
ISBN-10 0618155872
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.60 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Selected by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates, a remarkable anthology of fifty-five outstanding essays on a variety of topics features contributions by F. Scott Fitzgerald, W. E. B. DuBois, James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, Stephen Jay Gould, John Updike, Saul Bellow, Joan Didion, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, John McPhee, Rachel Carson, and other notable twentieth-century literary masters. Reprint. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
This singular collection is nothing less than a political, spiritual, and intensely personal record of America’s tumultuous modern age, as experienced by our foremost critics, commentators, activists, and artists. Joyce Carol Oates has collected a group of works that are both intimate and important, essays that move from personal experience to larger significance without severing the connection between speaker and audience.
From Ernest Hemingway covering bullfights in Pamplona to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” these essays fit, in the words of Joyce Carol Oates, “into a kind of mobile mosaic suggest[ing] where we’ve come from, and who we are, and where we are going.” Among those whose work is included are Mark Twain, John Muir, T. S. Eliot, Richard Wright, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin, Tom Wolfe, Susan Sontag, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Joan Didion, Cynthia Ozick, Saul Bellow, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward Hoagland, and Annie Dillard.


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Hardcover
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from Houghton Mifflin (September 1, 2000)
9780618043705 | details & prices | 596 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.75 in. | 2.20 lbs | List price $30.00
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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Mariner Books (October 10, 2001)
9780618155873 | details & prices | 596 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $19.95
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from Houghton Mifflin (October 1, 2001)
9789990064605 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.50 × 2.00 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $0.02
CD/Spoken Word
from Houghton Mifflin (October 1, 2003)
9780618127689 | details & prices | List price $40.00
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With Henry Louis Gates (other contributor), Peter C. Kovner (other contributor), Jon Krakauer (other contributor) | from Houghton Mifflin (April 17, 2001)
9780618127672 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $25.00
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With Gloria Naylor (other contributor), George Plimpton (other contributor), Peter C. Kovner (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Mariner Books (April 17, 2001)
9780618127665 | details & prices | 3.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $25.00
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