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The Lost Origins of the Essay

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ISBN: 9781555975326
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Format: Paperback
Year: 2009
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Dimensions: 155 x 229 x 51 (w x l x h)
Pages: 695

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An expansive and exhilarating world tour of innovative nonfiction writing

"I think the reason weve never pinpointed the real beginning to this genre is because weve never agreed on what the genre even is. Do we read nonfiction in order to receive information, or do we read it to experience art? Its not very clear sometimes. This, then, is a book that tries to offer a clear objective: I am here in search of art. I am here to track the origins of an alternative to commerce.
"John DAgata leaves no tablet unturned in his exploration of the roots of the essay. In this soaring anthology he takes the reader from ancient Mesopotamia to classical Greece and Rome, from fifth-century Japan to nineteenth-century France, to modern Brazil, Germany, Barbados, and beyond. With brief and brilliant introductions to seminal works by Heraclitus, Sei Sho-nagon, Michel de Montaigne, Jonathan Swift, Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras, Octavio Paz, and more than forty other luminaries, DAgata reexamines the international forebears of todays American nonfiction. This idiosyncratic collection makes a perfect historical companion to DAgatas "The Next American" Essay, a touchstone among students and practitioners of the lyric essay.



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