By G. Douglas Atkins
Atkins’s readings hide a large spectrum of writers within the English language--and his readings are themselves essays, gracefully written, engaged, and fascinating. Atkins begins with the earliest British practitioners of the shape, together with Francis Bacon, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson. Transcendentalist writers Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson are incorporated, as are works through american citizens James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and E. B. White. Atkins additionally offers readings of a few modern essayists, between them Annie Dillard, Scott Russell Sanders, and Cynthia Ozick.
Many of the readings are of essays that Atkins has used effectively within the lecture room, with undergraduate and graduate scholars, for a few years. In his creation Atkins deals functional recommendation at the particular calls for essays make and the original possibilities they give, specially for school classes. The booklet ends with a observe at the writing of essays, furthering the author’s competition that interpreting shouldn't be separated from writing.
Reading Essays maintains within the culture of such definitive texts as realizing Poetry and realizing Fiction. all through, Atkins unearths the enjoyment, pride, grace, freedom, and knowledge of “the excellent essay.”
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