The Lost Origins of the Essay

The Lost Origins of the Essay

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Author/Editor: D'Agata, John (Editor)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Date: 2009
Binding: Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 695 p. New History of the Essay. Audience: General/trade.
Condition: USED - Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and minimal edge wear.

John D'Agata leaves no tablet unturned in his exploration of the roots of the essay. The Lost Origins of the Essay takes the reader from ancient Mesopotamia to classical Greece and Rome, from fifth-century Japan to nineteenth-century France, to modern Brazil, Germany, Barbados, and beyond. With brief and brilliant introductions to seminal works by Heraclitus, Sei Sho-nagon, Michel de Montaigne, Jonathan Swift, Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras, Octavio Paz, and more than forty other luminaries, D'Agata reexamines the international forebears of today's American nonfiction. This idiosyncratic collection makes a perfect historical companion to D'Agata's The Next American Essay, a touchstone among students and practitioners of the lyric essay.