Essays in Context

Editor Ann Pierson DAngelo, Sandra Fehl Tropp

Oxford University Press | September 15, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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This exceptional anthology of British and American prose provides a chronological survey of over ninety of the most important and popular essays written in the twentieth century. Essays in Context acquaints students with the development and evaluation of the essay form while also introducing them to the key historical, cultural, social, and intellectual issues of the last century. The text is organized into eighteen themes to highlight the various patterns of thought and feeling that developed throughout the century. Comprehensive biographic headnotes for the authors and a timeline of historic events help students to place the authors and their works in context. Extensive discussion questions--organized under two headings, "Understanding and Analysis" and "Comparison"--follow each selection, motivating students to evaluate the work and relate it to other selections in the text. The volume also includes footnotes and an opening chapter on how to read essays. The selections have been thoroughly annotated to explain terms, people, events, and literary allusions. An ideal text for courses in composition and expository writing, Essays in Context provides students with a framework for understanding and interrogating an extensive range of authors, from Mark Twain and T.S. Eliot to bell hooks and Leslie Marmon Silko.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: September 15, 2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195118367

ISBN - 13: 9780195118360

Found in: Essays and Letters

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Essays in Context

Essays in Context

Editor Ann Pierson DAngelo, Sandra Fehl Tropp

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: September 15, 2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195118367

ISBN - 13: 9780195118360

Table of Contents

Thematic Table of Contents Preface Credits Introduction How to Read These Essays Contextual Timeline Mark Twain, "Corn-Pone Opinions" (1901) G.K. Chesterton, " A Defence of Penny Dreadfuls" (1901) W.E.B. Du Bois, "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others" (1903) Max Beerbohm, "A Clergyman" (1918) T.S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (1920) Walter Lippmann, "Stereotypes" (1922) H.L. Mencken, "Bearers of the Torch" (1923); "The Penalty of Death" (1926) Dorothy Parker, "Mrs. Post Enlarges on Etiquette" (1927) Margaret Mead, "A Day in Samoa" (1928) Robert Graves, "Triste La Guerre" (1929) D.H. Lawrence, "The Real Trouble About Women" (1929) James Thurber, "Which" (1929) Robert Frost, "Education by Poetry" (1930) George Orwell, "A Hanging" (1931) Virginia Woolf, "Professions for Women" (1931) James Thurber, "University Days" (1933) Ludwig Lewisohn, "The Revolt Against Civilization" (1934) Ernest Hemingway, "A Brush with Death" (1937) Mollie Panter-Downes, "September 3, 1939" E.M. Forster, "What I Believe" (1939) Mollie Panter-Downes, "September 21, 1940" Langston Hughes, "Salvation" (1940) E.B. White, "Once More to the Lake" (1941) Virginia Woolf, "The Death of the Moth" (1942) Ralph Ellison, "The Way It Is" (1942) Ernie Pyle, "The Death of Captain Waskow" (1944) George Orwell, "What is Science?" (1945) Winston Churchill, "The Iron Curtain" (1946) George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" (1946) Zora Neale Hurston, "What Whi
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From the Publisher

This exceptional anthology of British and American prose provides a chronological survey of over ninety of the most important and popular essays written in the twentieth century. Essays in Context acquaints students with the development and evaluation of the essay form while also introducing them to the key historical, cultural, social, and intellectual issues of the last century. The text is organized into eighteen themes to highlight the various patterns of thought and feeling that developed throughout the century. Comprehensive biographic headnotes for the authors and a timeline of historic events help students to place the authors and their works in context. Extensive discussion questions--organized under two headings, "Understanding and Analysis" and "Comparison"--follow each selection, motivating students to evaluate the work and relate it to other selections in the text. The volume also includes footnotes and an opening chapter on how to read essays. The selections have been thoroughly annotated to explain terms, people, events, and literary allusions. An ideal text for courses in composition and expository writing, Essays in Context provides students with a framework for understanding and interrogating an extensive range of authors, from Mark Twain and T.S. Eliot to bell hooks and Leslie Marmon Silko.

About the Author

Sandra Fehl Tropp and Ann Pierson D'Angelo are both at Boston University.

Editorial Reviews

"A very useful compilation for my students of advanced writing."--John D. Nazelrod, University of Baltimore