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Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments ooo A Note on Texts ooo Essaying to Be: On Reading (and Writing) Essays 1 The Advent of Personality and the Beginning of the Essay: Montaigne and Bacon 000 "The Passionate Discourse of an Amateur": John Dryden's Prose and Poetic Essays 000 With Wit Enough to Manage Judgment: Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism 000 It's Not an Essay: Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" and the Immodesty of Satire 000 Turning Inside Out: Samuel Johnson's "The Solitude of the Country" 000 An Allegory of Essaying? Process and Product in William Hazlitt's "On Going a Journey" 000 The Risk of Not Being: Emerson's "Illusions" 000 Forging in the Smithy of the Mind: Henry David Thoreau's "Walking" and the Problematic of Transcendence 000 Estranging the Familiar: Alice Meynell's "Solitudes" 000 "By Indirections Find Directions Out": Hilaire Belloc's "The Mowing of a Field" 000 Essaying and the Strain of Incarnational Thinking: G. K. Chesterton's "A Piece of Chalk" 000 Homage to the Common Reader: Or How Should One Read Virginia Woolf's "The Death of the Moth"? 000 The Turning of the Essay: Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" 000 A Site to Behold: Selzer's "A Worm from My Notebook" 000 The Discarnate Word: On Scott Russell Sanders's "Silence" 000 "Love Came to Us Incarnate": Annie Dillard's "God in the Doorway" 000 "A Free Intelligence": George Orwell, the Essay, and "Reflections on Gandhi" 000 Where "Trifles Rule Like Tyrants": Cynthia Ozick's "The Seam of the Snail" 000 Essaying and Pen Passion: Anne Fadiman as Common Reader in "Eternal Ink" 000 Acts of Simplifying: Sense and Sentences in Sam Pickering's "Composing a Life" 000 Caged Lions and Sustained Sibilants: E. B. White as "Recording Secretary" in "The Ring of Time" 000 Her Oyster Knife Sharpened: Control of Tone in Zora Neale Hurston's "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" 000 "The Basic Ingredient": Candor and Compassion in Nancy Mairs's "On Being a Cripple" 000 The Work of the Sympathetic Imagination: James Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son" 000 On a Line Somewhere Between Two Sturdy Poles: Edward Hoagland's "What I Think, What I Am" 000 A Note on Writing the Essay: Process versus Product (with an essay by Cara McConnell) 000 Works Cited 000 Index 000
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English language -- Rhetoric.