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The Princeton Anthology of Writing: Favorite Pieces by the Ferris/McGraw Writers at Princeton University. McPhee, John 0691086818 9780691086811 In 1957--long before colleges awarded degrees in creative nonfiction and back when newspaper writings repu
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The Princeton Anthology of Writing: Favorite Pieces by the Ferris/McGraw Writers at Princeton University. by McPhee, John

In 1957--long before colleges awarded degrees in creative nonfiction and back when newspaper writings reputation was tainted by the fish it wrapped--Princeton began honoring talented literary journalists. Since then, fifty-nine of the finest, most dedicated, and most decorated nonfiction writers have held the Ferris and McGraw professorships. This monumental volume harbors their favorite and often most influential works. Each contribution is rewarding reading, and collectively the selections validate journalisms ascent into the esteem of the academy and the reading public. Necessarily eclectic and delightfully idiosyncratic, the fifty-nine pieces are long and short, political and personal, comic and deadly serious. Students will be provoked by William Greiders pointed critique of the democracy industry, eerily entertained by Leslie Cockburns fraternization with the Cali cartel, inspired by David K. Shiplers thoughts on race, unsettled by Haynes Johnsons account of Bay of Pigs survivors, and moved by Lucinda Franks essay on a mother fighting to save a child born with birth defects. Many of the essays are finely crafted portraits: Charlotte Grimess biography of her grandmother, Blair Clarks obituary for Robert Lowell, and Jane Kramers affecting story of a woman hero of the French Resistance. Other contributions to savor include Harrison Salisbury on the siege of Leningrad, Landon Jones on the 1950s, Christopher Wren on Soviet mountaineering, James Gleick on technology, Gloria Emerson on Vietnam, Gina Kolata on Fermats last theorem, and Roger Mudd on the media. Whether approached chronologically, thematically, randomly, or, as the editors order them, more intuitively, each suggests a perfect evening reading. Designed for students as well as general readers,The Princeton Anthology of Writingsplendidly attests to the elegance, eloquence, and endurance of fine nonfiction.

Author: McPhee, John

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 376

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 2001-08-01

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