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Published: 01 September 2021

400 Pages


ISBN: 9780192848611

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On Essays

Montaigne to the Present

Edited by Thomas Karshan and Kathryn Murphy

  • The most substantial book to date on the history of the essay in English
  • Includes seventeen chapters written by scholars and essayists whose expertise is internationally recognized
  • Full of original research, fresh thought, and new connections including: the origins of the essay in miscellaneous writing; its relationship with experience; association and associationism; the relationship of the essay to the novel
  • Explains how the essay has come to mean what it does, surveys the widely various incarnations of the form, offers new accounts of major essayists in English, and traces a wide range of significant themes
  • Students and practitioners of the contemporary essay can trace their interests and writing back into the long history of the form

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