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