The Best American Essays of the Century MOBI Ó

The Best American Essays of the Century MOBI Ó



10 thoughts on “The Best American Essays of the Century

  1. Richard Kramer Richard Kramer says:

    What did I think What didn t I think Every essay in this beautifully curated collection is a home run, and most of them werefrom writers I didn t know John Muir Sure, Muir woods, all that But how would I in my lifetime have learned that he is asublime writer, pure humor, pure soul, and that he had written the best thing I ve ever read about a man s relationship with a dog Stickeen The Moral Equivalent of War , by William James, speaks of how to turn the militaristic vision and people What did I think What didn t I think Every essay in this beautifully curated collection is a home run, and most of them werefrom writers I didn t know John Muir Sure, Muir woods, all that But how would I in my lifetime have learned that he is asublime writer, pure humor, pure soul, and that he had written the best thing I ve ever read about a man s relationship with a dog Stickeen The Moral Equivalent of War , by William James, speaks of how to turn the militaristic vision and people s need forit to something positive in the world without a drop of sentimentality about War Being Bad And I could go on But you should take myplace, and get this book If any part of your life is available to be changed, to whatever degree, you will find something in this book thatwill change it


  2. Les Les says:

    I ll cop to only having read 15 or 16 of these essays They re pretty damn good as the title of the collection would imply I stuck mostly to essays written by or that were about women, though I enjoyed Robert s Frost s famous essay on poetic form once I started to understand it a couple of paragraphs in and appreciated John Updike s take on the penis and all the utilitarian maleness that it springs from and is What stuck most with me was reading Zora Hurston s essay on a form of self acc I ll cop to only having read 15 or 16 of these essays They re pretty damn good as the title of the collection would imply I stuck mostly to essays written by or that were about women, though I enjoyed Robert s Frost s famous essay on poetic form once I started to understand it a couple of paragraphs in and appreciated John Updike s take on the penis and all the utilitarian maleness that it springs from and is What stuck most with me was reading Zora Hurston s essay on a form of self acceptance and agony, then reading Alice Walker s moving essay on locating and honoring Zora s forgotten grave Due to the choice of authors, there are several one liners in each of the essays I read that blew me away Cynthia Ozick took the prize with an essay that was sound, solid and not particularly moving, until the final paragraph which broke open my mind and heart and silenced me for several long moments This made me want to read and writeessays and of course readby these authors and then re read some of the essays


  3. Megan Megan says:

    This is the kind of book you pick up every once in a while to read an essay here, an essay there What I have read so far has been thrilling.Mark Twain s Corn Pone Opinions is a sardonic and hilarious look at what following sheep we humans are, and how impossible it is to form a unique opinion The genius lies in his own inability to discern why this is after all, Twain is human too, and he humbly confines himself to the masses.John Muir s Stickeen will keep you on the edge of your seat h This is the kind of book you pick up every once in a while to read an essay here, an essay there What I have read so far has been thrilling.Mark Twain s Corn Pone Opinions is a sardonic and hilarious look at what following sheep we humans are, and how impossible it is to form a unique opinion The genius lies in his own inability to discern why this is after all, Twain is human too, and he humbly confines himself to the masses.John Muir s Stickeen will keep you on the edge of your seat has anyone ever described a storm so beautifully and if you re a dog person, then you ll certainly be weeping by the end.I can t say I ve ever been a huge fan of Hemingway s dry, self righteous style, but his Pamplona in July is certainly a unique look at a world I knew nothing about, in a country I yearn to visit.Zora Neale Hurston s How it Feels to Be Colored Me is playful and joyous, William James s The Moral Equivalent of War is rather opaque but still interesting, and of course, Martin Luther King s Letter From Birmingham Jail is one of the greatest, most moving pieces of writing in existence For these examples alone, the book is worth owning, but as I flip through the essays that still lie ahead Fitzgerald, E.B White, Rachel Carson, Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, Annie Dillard, and on and on I know this book will becomeandvaluable each time I pick it up


  4. Ellen Ellen says:

    Obviously, this stuff is good I discovered some new writers and some new favorites by old writers The Crack Up, by Fitzgerald However, Joyce Carol Oates made these selections and she definitely did so with a historical sense The collection could just as well have been called Best Essays about America in the 20th Century No surprises here, no experiments with form, and what to me felt like a sometimes annoyingly persistent relevance I guess I just have a thing for really, really, really Obviously, this stuff is good I discovered some new writers and some new favorites by old writers The Crack Up, by Fitzgerald However, Joyce Carol Oates made these selections and she definitely did so with a historical sense The collection could just as well have been called Best Essays about America in the 20th Century No surprises here, no experiments with form, and what to me felt like a sometimes annoyingly persistent relevance I guess I just have a thing for really, really, really, really well written essays that don t have much to do with anything important Still, it s a don t miss


  5. Jennifer Hughes Jennifer Hughes says:

    When I couldn t get ahold of Gretel Erlich s The Solace of Open Spaces at the library, I did the next best thing I found that namesake essay in this lovely book of essays and enjoyed not only it but many others besides Compilations can be tricky and uneven, but editor Joyce Carol Oates has done an excellent job curating truly some of the finest short essays of and about the 20th century And by the way The Solace of Open Spaces was an excellent piece, beautifully and poetically written, an When I couldn t get ahold of Gretel Erlich s The Solace of Open Spaces at the library, I did the next best thing I found that namesake essay in this lovely book of essays and enjoyed not only it but many others besides Compilations can be tricky and uneven, but editor Joyce Carol Oates has done an excellent job curating truly some of the finest short essays of and about the 20th century And by the way The Solace of Open Spaces was an excellent piece, beautifully and poetically written, and I think her full book would be worth buying I don t get into podcasts, but this book fills what is probably that same kind of void for me It s like listening to one of the long form story NPR programs, only I get to READ these wonderful essays myself, taking my time discovering, sampling, and digesting When my husband and I were first married, we vowed to not buy a TV for a year so we would spend that time with each other instead of lost in a screen I remember that year with great fondness We would talk or listen to the radio and discuss what we heard We d read the newspaper or books aloud to each other and have lively conversations As I read this, it took me back to that simpler time I thought, this would be a good book to have on the coffee table for a quiet night when there s a fire in the fireplace, the TV s off, and the ever present smartphones are set aside Maybe if we had this book handy, we would feel inspired to read aloud to each other as people did for enjoyment for many years before screens at least from time to time Sounds so lovely to me It s worth a try


  6. Matt Matt says:

    With relatively few exceptions, there wasn t anything in here I didn t enjoy Oates did a solid job of selecting not only the best essays, but also essays from a wide breadth of American life Plenty of women, plenty of writers of color, articles on war, articles on poverty, articles on immigration, articles on culture, articles on science, articles on the environment, and all while staying pretty geographically diverse There are, of course, the less impressive articles, the ones that hit me With relatively few exceptions, there wasn t anything in here I didn t enjoy Oates did a solid job of selecting not only the best essays, but also essays from a wide breadth of American life Plenty of women, plenty of writers of color, articles on war, articles on poverty, articles on immigration, articles on culture, articles on science, articles on the environment, and all while staying pretty geographically diverse There are, of course, the less impressive articles, the ones that hit me the wrong way or struck me as pretentious, but for every one of those, there were three or four that were brilliant


  7. Vince Darcangelo Vince Darcangelo says:

    Faves Mark Twain Corn pone Opinions Henry Adams A Law of Acceleration John Muir Stickeen William James The Moral Equivalent of War Randolph Bourne The Handicapped Jane Addams The Devil Baby at Hull House H.L Mencken The Hills of Zion F Scott Fitzgerald The Crack Up Tom Wolfe Putting Daddy On Vladimir Nabokov Perfect Past Michael Herr Illumination Rounds Joan Didion The White Album Gretel Ehrlich The Solace of Open Spaces Edward Hoagland Heaven and Nature Stephen Jay Faves Mark Twain Corn pone Opinions Henry Adams A Law of Acceleration John Muir Stickeen William James The Moral Equivalent of War Randolph Bourne The Handicapped Jane Addams The Devil Baby at Hull House H.L Mencken The Hills of Zion F Scott Fitzgerald The Crack Up Tom Wolfe Putting Daddy On Vladimir Nabokov Perfect Past Michael Herr Illumination Rounds Joan Didion The White Album Gretel Ehrlich The Solace of Open Spaces Edward Hoagland Heaven and Nature Stephen Jay Gould The Creation Myths of Cooperstown


  8. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    Many of these essays have heavy themes, and several are very similar racism, violence the many ways people can be cruel, especially to people who can t fight back I would have liked it better if I could have spaced out the reading , but as it is, the essays felt important, but like an anchor dragging my mood down.


  9. Briannesha Briannesha says:

    the best collection of essays from a wide range of writers.


  10. Philina Philina says:

    Three stars for this huge collection of essays I think the three stars are due to the book s nature a collection Naturally, a collection contains not only essays which I absolutely loved and would have given five stars, but also essays I found absolutely boring and would have given one or two stars Therefore, the sum of all essays is the middle rating The essays I really enjoyed were John Muir StickeenErnest Hemingway Pamplona in JulyJames Thurber Sex Ex MachinaRichard Wright The Et Three stars for this huge collection of essays I think the three stars are due to the book s nature a collection Naturally, a collection contains not only essays which I absolutely loved and would have given five stars, but also essays I found absolutely boring and would have given one or two stars Therefore, the sum of all essays is the middle rating The essays I really enjoyed were John Muir StickeenErnest Hemingway Pamplona in JulyJames Thurber Sex Ex MachinaRichard Wright The Ethics of Living Jim CrowJames Baldwin Notes of a Native SonMartin Luther King Jr Letter From Birmingham JailN Scott Momaday The Way to Rainy MountainMaya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaxine Hong Kingston No Name WomanAlice Walker Looking For ZoraRichard Rodriguez Aria a Memoir of a Bilingual ChildhoodGretel Ehrlich The Solace of Open Spaces I guess my favorite William Manchester OkinawaGerald Early Life With Daughters Watching the Miss America PageantJoyce Carol Oates They All Just Went Awayinteresting how I thought her writing style was horrible reading the Introduction, but then really liked her essay


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The Best American Essays of the Century [EPUB] ✺ The Best American Essays of the Century By Joyce Carol Oates – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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, American Essays Kindle Õ 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 The Best Kindle - 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.

10 thoughts on “The Best American Essays of the Century

  1. Richard Kramer Richard Kramer says:

    What did I think What didn t I think Every essay in this beautifully curated collection is a home run, and most of them werefrom writers I didn t know John Muir Sure, Muir woods, all that But how would I in my lifetime have learned that he is asublime writer, pure humor, pure soul, and that he had written the best thing I ve ever read about a man s relationship with a dog Stickeen The Moral Equivalent of War , by William James, speaks of how to turn the militaristic vision and people What did I think What didn t I think Every essay in this beautifully curated collection is a home run, and most of them werefrom writers I didn t know John Muir Sure, Muir woods, all that But how would I in my lifetime have learned that he is asublime writer, pure humor, pure soul, and that he had written the best thing I ve ever read about a man s relationship with a dog Stickeen The Moral Equivalent of War , by William James, speaks of how to turn the militaristic vision and people s need forit to something positive in the world without a drop of sentimentality about War Being Bad And I could go on But you should take myplace, and get this book If any part of your life is available to be changed, to whatever degree, you will find something in this book thatwill change it

  2. Les Les says:

    I ll cop to only having read 15 or 16 of these essays They re pretty damn good as the title of the collection would imply I stuck mostly to essays written by or that were about women, though I enjoyed Robert s Frost s famous essay on poetic form once I started to understand it a couple of paragraphs in and appreciated John Updike s take on the penis and all the utilitarian maleness that it springs from and is What stuck most with me was reading Zora Hurston s essay on a form of self acc I ll cop to only having read 15 or 16 of these essays They re pretty damn good as the title of the collection would imply I stuck mostly to essays written by or that were about women, though I enjoyed Robert s Frost s famous essay on poetic form once I started to understand it a couple of paragraphs in and appreciated John Updike s take on the penis and all the utilitarian maleness that it springs from and is What stuck most with me was reading Zora Hurston s essay on a form of self acceptance and agony, then reading Alice Walker s moving essay on locating and honoring Zora s forgotten grave Due to the choice of authors, there are several one liners in each of the essays I read that blew me away Cynthia Ozick took the prize with an essay that was sound, solid and not particularly moving, until the final paragraph which broke open my mind and heart and silenced me for several long moments This made me want to read and writeessays and of course readby these authors and then re read some of the essays

  3. Megan Megan says:

    This is the kind of book you pick up every once in a while to read an essay here, an essay there What I have read so far has been thrilling.Mark Twain s Corn Pone Opinions is a sardonic and hilarious look at what following sheep we humans are, and how impossible it is to form a unique opinion The genius lies in his own inability to discern why this is after all, Twain is human too, and he humbly confines himself to the masses.John Muir s Stickeen will keep you on the edge of your seat h This is the kind of book you pick up every once in a while to read an essay here, an essay there What I have read so far has been thrilling.Mark Twain s Corn Pone Opinions is a sardonic and hilarious look at what following sheep we humans are, and how impossible it is to form a unique opinion The genius lies in his own inability to discern why this is after all, Twain is human too, and he humbly confines himself to the masses.John Muir s Stickeen will keep you on the edge of your seat has anyone ever described a storm so beautifully and if you re a dog person, then you ll certainly be weeping by the end.I can t say I ve ever been a huge fan of Hemingway s dry, self righteous style, but his Pamplona in July is certainly a unique look at a world I knew nothing about, in a country I yearn to visit.Zora Neale Hurston s How it Feels to Be Colored Me is playful and joyous, William James s The Moral Equivalent of War is rather opaque but still interesting, and of course, Martin Luther King s Letter From Birmingham Jail is one of the greatest, most moving pieces of writing in existence For these examples alone, the book is worth owning, but as I flip through the essays that still lie ahead Fitzgerald, E.B White, Rachel Carson, Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, Annie Dillard, and on and on I know this book will becomeandvaluable each time I pick it up

  4. Ellen Ellen says:

    Obviously, this stuff is good I discovered some new writers and some new favorites by old writers The Crack Up, by Fitzgerald However, Joyce Carol Oates made these selections and she definitely did so with a historical sense The collection could just as well have been called Best Essays about America in the 20th Century No surprises here, no experiments with form, and what to me felt like a sometimes annoyingly persistent relevance I guess I just have a thing for really, really, really Obviously, this stuff is good I discovered some new writers and some new favorites by old writers The Crack Up, by Fitzgerald However, Joyce Carol Oates made these selections and she definitely did so with a historical sense The collection could just as well have been called Best Essays about America in the 20th Century No surprises here, no experiments with form, and what to me felt like a sometimes annoyingly persistent relevance I guess I just have a thing for really, really, really, really well written essays that don t have much to do with anything important Still, it s a don t miss

  5. Jennifer Hughes Jennifer Hughes says:

    When I couldn t get ahold of Gretel Erlich s The Solace of Open Spaces at the library, I did the next best thing I found that namesake essay in this lovely book of essays and enjoyed not only it but many others besides Compilations can be tricky and uneven, but editor Joyce Carol Oates has done an excellent job curating truly some of the finest short essays of and about the 20th century And by the way The Solace of Open Spaces was an excellent piece, beautifully and poetically written, an When I couldn t get ahold of Gretel Erlich s The Solace of Open Spaces at the library, I did the next best thing I found that namesake essay in this lovely book of essays and enjoyed not only it but many others besides Compilations can be tricky and uneven, but editor Joyce Carol Oates has done an excellent job curating truly some of the finest short essays of and about the 20th century And by the way The Solace of Open Spaces was an excellent piece, beautifully and poetically written, and I think her full book would be worth buying I don t get into podcasts, but this book fills what is probably that same kind of void for me It s like listening to one of the long form story NPR programs, only I get to READ these wonderful essays myself, taking my time discovering, sampling, and digesting When my husband and I were first married, we vowed to not buy a TV for a year so we would spend that time with each other instead of lost in a screen I remember that year with great fondness We would talk or listen to the radio and discuss what we heard We d read the newspaper or books aloud to each other and have lively conversations As I read this, it took me back to that simpler time I thought, this would be a good book to have on the coffee table for a quiet night when there s a fire in the fireplace, the TV s off, and the ever present smartphones are set aside Maybe if we had this book handy, we would feel inspired to read aloud to each other as people did for enjoyment for many years before screens at least from time to time Sounds so lovely to me It s worth a try

  6. Matt Matt says:

    With relatively few exceptions, there wasn t anything in here I didn t enjoy Oates did a solid job of selecting not only the best essays, but also essays from a wide breadth of American life Plenty of women, plenty of writers of color, articles on war, articles on poverty, articles on immigration, articles on culture, articles on science, articles on the environment, and all while staying pretty geographically diverse There are, of course, the less impressive articles, the ones that hit me With relatively few exceptions, there wasn t anything in here I didn t enjoy Oates did a solid job of selecting not only the best essays, but also essays from a wide breadth of American life Plenty of women, plenty of writers of color, articles on war, articles on poverty, articles on immigration, articles on culture, articles on science, articles on the environment, and all while staying pretty geographically diverse There are, of course, the less impressive articles, the ones that hit me the wrong way or struck me as pretentious, but for every one of those, there were three or four that were brilliant

  7. Vince Darcangelo Vince Darcangelo says:

    Faves Mark Twain Corn pone Opinions Henry Adams A Law of Acceleration John Muir Stickeen William James The Moral Equivalent of War Randolph Bourne The Handicapped Jane Addams The Devil Baby at Hull House H.L Mencken The Hills of Zion F Scott Fitzgerald The Crack Up Tom Wolfe Putting Daddy On Vladimir Nabokov Perfect Past Michael Herr Illumination Rounds Joan Didion The White Album Gretel Ehrlich The Solace of Open Spaces Edward Hoagland Heaven and Nature Stephen Jay Faves Mark Twain Corn pone Opinions Henry Adams A Law of Acceleration John Muir Stickeen William James The Moral Equivalent of War Randolph Bourne The Handicapped Jane Addams The Devil Baby at Hull House H.L Mencken The Hills of Zion F Scott Fitzgerald The Crack Up Tom Wolfe Putting Daddy On Vladimir Nabokov Perfect Past Michael Herr Illumination Rounds Joan Didion The White Album Gretel Ehrlich The Solace of Open Spaces Edward Hoagland Heaven and Nature Stephen Jay Gould The Creation Myths of Cooperstown

  8. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    Many of these essays have heavy themes, and several are very similar racism, violence the many ways people can be cruel, especially to people who can t fight back I would have liked it better if I could have spaced out the reading , but as it is, the essays felt important, but like an anchor dragging my mood down.

  9. Briannesha Briannesha says:

    the best collection of essays from a wide range of writers.

  10. Philina Philina says:

    Three stars for this huge collection of essays I think the three stars are due to the book s nature a collection Naturally, a collection contains not only essays which I absolutely loved and would have given five stars, but also essays I found absolutely boring and would have given one or two stars Therefore, the sum of all essays is the middle rating The essays I really enjoyed were John Muir StickeenErnest Hemingway Pamplona in JulyJames Thurber Sex Ex MachinaRichard Wright The Et Three stars for this huge collection of essays I think the three stars are due to the book s nature a collection Naturally, a collection contains not only essays which I absolutely loved and would have given five stars, but also essays I found absolutely boring and would have given one or two stars Therefore, the sum of all essays is the middle rating The essays I really enjoyed were John Muir StickeenErnest Hemingway Pamplona in JulyJames Thurber Sex Ex MachinaRichard Wright The Ethics of Living Jim CrowJames Baldwin Notes of a Native SonMartin Luther King Jr Letter From Birmingham JailN Scott Momaday The Way to Rainy MountainMaya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaxine Hong Kingston No Name WomanAlice Walker Looking For ZoraRichard Rodriguez Aria a Memoir of a Bilingual ChildhoodGretel Ehrlich The Solace of Open Spaces I guess my favorite William Manchester OkinawaGerald Early Life With Daughters Watching the Miss America PageantJoyce Carol Oates They All Just Went Awayinteresting how I thought her writing style was horrible reading the Introduction, but then really liked her essay

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