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A dazzling anthology of essays by some of the best writers of the past quarter century?from Barry Lopez and Margo Jefferson to David Sedaris and Samantha Irby?selected by acclaimed essayist Phillip Lopate.
The first decades of the twenty-first century have witnessed a blossoming of creative nonfiction. In this extraordinary collection, Phillip Lopate gathers essays by forty-seven of America?s best contemporary writers, mingling long-established eminences with newer voices and making room for a wide variety of perspectives and styles. The Contemporary American Essay is a monument to a remarkably adaptable form and a treat for anyone who loves fantastic writing.
Hilton Als - Nicholson Baker - Thomas Beller - Sven Birkerts - Eula Biss - Mary Cappello - Anne Carson - Terry Castle - Alexander Chee - Teju Cole - Bernard Cooper - Sloane Crosley - Charles D'Ambrosio - Meghan Daum - Brian Doyle - Geoff Dyer - Lina Ferreira - Lynn Freed - Rivka Galchen - Ross Gay - Louise Gluck - Emily Fox Gordon - Patricia Hampl - Aleksandar Hemon - Samantha Irby - Leslie Jamison - Margo Jefferson - Laura Kipnis - David Lazar - Yiyun Li - Phillip Lopate - Barry Lopez - Thomas Lynch - John McPhee - Ander Monson - Eileen Myles - Maggie Nelson - Meghan O'Gieblyn - Joyce Carol Oates - Darryl Pinckney - Lia Purpura - Karen Russell - David Sedaris - Shifra Sharlin - David Shields - Floyd Skloot - Rebecca Solnit - Clifford Thompson - Wesley Yang