The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Essays


The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Essays
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Author: Ian Hamilton
Genre: Writing
Original Title: Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Essays
ISBN: 0140255214
ISBN13: 9780140255218
Edition Language: English
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Paperback, 555 pages
Published 2000 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1999)

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Description The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Essays
This collection of the best essays written in the English language during the past one hundred years includes many that have become landmarks defining their time: Norman Mailer's "The White Negro", Tom Wolfe's "These Radical Chic Evenings", James Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son", and Gore Vidal's "The Holy Family". Others are in a lighter vein, like James Thurber's lampoon of Salvador Dali's Secret Life or Max Beerbohm's reflections on "Laughter". There are Philip Roth on baseball and A. P. Herbert on bathrooms; Mary McCarthy's "My Confession", on her Communist sympathies; and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up". Each reader will have his or her own favorites: Eudora Welty capturing the precise moment at which she grew up, or Arthur Koestler debunking the effects of magic mushrooms. And each essay has stood the test of time, like Hannah Arendt's "The Concentration Camps", Edmund Wilson's now classic "The Wound and the Bow", and Paul Fussell on World War II.
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