The art of the personal essay is the definite collection of non-fiction writing phillip lopate has put together an engaging collection phillip lopate has put together an engaging collection any writer, or reader, interested in getting a good taste of, shall we say, traditional non-fiction, should give this anthology a try. 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 editor, philip lopate, is one of the most well-respected authors of the personal essay and he has compiled this anthology of pieces from the classical era to the present the book works well for readers and writers alike. The art of the personal essay: an anthology from the classical era to the present is an extensive collection of essays compiled by phillip lopate, an english professor at hofstra university in new york city and himself the author of two essay collections here, lopate has selected some seventy-five essays written by fifty authors—including himself—spanning the last two thousand years and representing cultures from all over the globe.
With generous selections by writers from around the world, as well as an illuminating introduction by philip lopate, himself an acclaimed essayist, the art of the personal essay is a landmark collection of brilliant, discerning, and immensely entertaining writing. While it may be argued that the essays themselves reveal the most about the history and form of this genre, phillip lopate's introduction is a wonderful (and quite amusing) way to get to know the personal essay the following are excerpts from that introduction: this book attempts to put forward and interpret a tradition: the personal essay. Phillip lopate is the author of three personal essay collections, two novels, two poetry collections, a memoir of his teaching experiences, and a collect.
Phillip lopate is the author of the essay collections against joie de vivre, bachelorhood, and portrait of my body he has also written the novels the rug merchant and confessions of a summer lopate is the editor of the art of the personal essay and the library of america’s writing. The art of the personal essay: an anthology from the classical era to the present by phillip lopate, teachers & writers collaborative for more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Wide-ranging essays and a writer’s guide from phillip lopate “the art of the personal essay” (1994) lopate belongs to the generation — my own — that came of age in the ’60s, a.
The art of the personal essay is the first anthology to celebrate this lively, fertile genre distinguished from the formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its drive toward candor and confession, and its often quirky first-person voice, the personal essay offers above all a feast of individuality.
Excerpted from the art of the personal essay, edited by phillip lopate introduction copyright © 1994 by phillip lopate reprinted by permission of anchor books, a division of bantam doubleday dell publishing group, inc no part of this excerpt may be reproduced or republished without permission in writing from the publisher.
The personal essay has always been a stepchild of serious literature, seemingly formless, hard to classify lacking the tight construction of a short story or the narrative arc of a novel or.
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.
Finished reading art of the personal essay complied by phillip lopate for school and i enjoyed learning about the development of the personal essay from ancient rome to present day while at times, the language can get tough and the metaphors a bit cmplicated to understand, any true bibliophile and writer should pick up this book at least once.