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The Art of the Personal Essay, Phillip Lopate, Lopate,
The Art of
the Personal Essay
For more than four
hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most
vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by
its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive
toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae
of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love
and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk -- to
offer insight into the human condition and the great social and
political issues of the day.
The Art of the Personal Essay
is the first anthology to celebrate this fertile genre. By presenting more
than seventy-five personal essays, including influential forerunners
from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Far East, masterpieces from the dawn of the
personal essay in the sixteenth century, and a wealth of the finest personal
essays from the last four centuries, editor Phillip Lopate, himself an
acclaimed essayist, displays the tradition of the personal essay in all its
historical grandeur, depth, and diversity.
Praise for The Art of the Personal Essay
"A wonderful book.
The most charming smorgasbord imaginable of essays from around the world." --
Diane Cole, USA Today.
"Without a doubt, this is the most nourishing essay collection I've read in
years." -- Susan Burmeister-Brown, Portland Oregonian.
"A labor of deeply felt love and keenly honed scholarship by an essay
authority who knows his territory down to his bones." -- Christian
"The best available [essay anthology] no matter how crowded the field." --
"The striking thing is how much Lopate has managed to pack in, and how high a
standard he has managed to maintain." -- John Gross, New York Newsday.
"Packed with personality and beguiling first-person prose... of reminders of
the perils and pleasures of the craft." -- The Wall Street Journal.
About the Author of The Art of The Personal Essay
Phillip Lopate is the
author of Against Joie de Vivre, Bachelorhood, The Rug Merchant,
Being with Children, and Confessions of Summer. A recipient of
Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, his works have
appeared in Best American Essays, The Paris Review, Pushcart Prize
annuals, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is Adams Professor of English at Hofstra University.