The Best American Essays

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The Best American Essays

By Anne Fadiman (Editor); Robert Atwan (Editor)

Houghton Mifflin, Paperback, 9780618341610, 339pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2003

Description

Since 1986, The Best American Essays has gathered the most interesting and provocative writing of the year, establishing a firm place as the leading annual of its kind. The volume is edited each year by an esteemed writer who brings a fresh eye to the selections. Previous editors have included Elizabeth Hardwick, Susan Sontag, Geoffrey C. Ward, Cynthia Ozick, and Stephen Jay Gould. This year’s volume is terrifically diverse, with subjects ranging from driving lessons to animal rights to citizenship in times of emergency.



About the Author
Anne Fadiman is the author of "The Spirit Catches You" and "You Fall Down", winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, an L.A. Times Book Prize, and a Salon Book Award. She is also the author of two essay collections, "At Large and ""At Small" and "Ex Libris", and the editor of "Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love". Her essays and articles have appeared in "Harper's, The New Yorker", and "The New York Times", among other publications. She is the Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale.

ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of "The Best American Essays" since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.