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Title The next American essay / edited by John D'Agata.
Imprint Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, [2003]
©2003

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 OTTERBEIN MAIN COLLECTION  PS688 .N49 2003    AVAILABLE  
LOCATION CALL # STATUS MESSAGE
 OTTERBEIN MAIN COLLECTION  PS688 .N49 2003    AVAILABLE  
Subject American essays -- 20th century.
American essays -- 21st century.
Alt Name D'Agata, John, 1974-
Description 475 pages ; 23 cm
Contents And (Prologue) / Guy Davenport -- The search for Marvin Gardens (1975) / John McPhee -- The raven (1976) / Barry Lopez -- Unguided tour (1977) / Susan Sontag -- Girl (1978) / Jamaica Kincaid -- The white album (1979) / Joan Didion -- May morning (1980) / James Wright -- Country cooking from central France: roast boned rolled stuffed shoulder of lamb (Farce double) (1981) / Harry Mathews -- Total eclipse (1982) / Annie Dillard -- The theory and practice of postmodernism: A manifesto (1983) / David Antin -- The dream of India (1984) / Eliot Weinberger -- Erato, love poetry (1985) / Theresa Hak Kyung Cha -- The marionette theater (1986) / Dennis Silk -- Kinds of water (1987) / Anne Carson -- Oil (1988) / Fabio Morabito -- Needs (1989) / George W.S. Trow -- Notes toward a history of scaffolding (1990) / Susan Mitchell -- Delft (1991) / Albert Goldbarth -- " ... and nobody objected" (1992) / Paul Metcalf -- Captivity (October 1992) / Sherman Alexie -- Red shoes (1993) / Susan Griffin -- Black (1994) / Alexander Theroux -- Foucault and pencil (1995) / Lydia Davis -- Life story (1996) / David Shields -- Ticket to the fair (1997) / David Foster Wallace -- Darling's prick (1998) / Wayne Koestenbaum -- The intercession of the saints (1999) / Carole Maso -- Monument (2000) / Mary Ruefle -- A I (2001) / Thalia Field -- Sleep (2002) / Brian Lennon -- The body (2003) / Jenny Boully -- Things to do today (Epilogue) / Joe Wenderoth.
Summary A collection of nonfiction essays on such topics as culture, myth, history, romance, and sex includes contributions by such authors as Guy Davenport, Annie Dillard, Jamaica Kincaid, and Susan Sontag. In this singular collection, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, the Search for Marvin Gardens, D'Agata selects an example of creative nonfiction for each subsequent year. These essays are unrestrained, elusive, explosive, mysterious, a personal lingual playground. They encompass and illuminate culture, myth, history, romance, and sex. Each essay is a world of its own, a world so distinctive it resists definition.
ISBN 1555973752
9781555973759
OCLC # 51830706
Table of Contents
 To the Reader3
 Prologue / Guy Davenport5
 The Search for Marvin Gardens / John McPhee7
 The Raven / Barry Lopez21
 Unguided Tour / Susan Sontag27
 Girl / Jamaica Kincaid41
 The White Album / Joan Didion45
 May Morning / James Wright75
 Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double) / Harry Mathews79
 Total Eclipse / Annie Dillard95
 The Theory and Practice of Postmodernism: A Manifesto / David Antin111
 The Dream of India / Eliot Weinberger123
 Erato Love Poetry / Theresa Hak Kyung Cha137
 The Marionette Theater / Dennis Silk167
 Kinds of Water / Anne Carson181
 Oil / Fabio Morabito219
 Needs / George W. S. Trow225
 Notes Toward a History of Scaffolding / Susan Mitchell231
 Delft / Albert Goldbarth251
 "... and nobody objected" / Paul Metcalf279
 Captivity / Sherman Alexie293
 Red Shoes / Susan Griffin301
 Black / Alexander Theroux317
 Foucault and Pencil / Lydia Davis333
 Life Story / David Shields337
 Ticket to the Fair / David Foster Wallace343
 Darling's Prick / Wayne Koestenbaum383
 The Intercession of the Saints / Carole Maso391
 Monument / Mary Ruefle407
 A [therefore] I / Thalia Field411
 Sleep / Brian Lennon425
 The Body / Jenny Boully435
 Epilogue: Things To Do Today / Joe Wenderoth467