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Fourth EditionSamuel Cohen©2014
50 Essays: A Portable Anthology is the best-selling value-priced reader in the country because its virtues don't stop at the price. The book’s carefully chosen selections include both classic essays and high-interest, high-quality contemporary readings to truly engage students. The editorial apparatus is more extensive than in competing value readers, but remains flexible and unobtrusive enough to support a variety of approaches to teaching composition. In its fourth edition, 50 Essays, more than ever before, helps students acquire the critical thinking and academic writing skills they need to succeed.
Table of Contents
Preface for InstructorsAlternate Tables of Contents By Rhetorical Mode By Purpose By Theme By Paired Readings By Chronological OrderIntroduction for Students: Active Reading, Critical Thinking, and the Writing Process Student Essay: Jonathon Schaff, "Dangerous Duality: How Racism Splits Us in Two"Sherman Alexie, The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and MeMaya Angelou, GraduationGloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild TongueBarbara Lazear Ascher, On CompassionJames Baldwin, Notes of a Native SonDave Barry, Turkeys in the KitchenWilliam F. Buckley, Why Don't We Complain?*Alan Burdick, The Truth About Invasive Species*Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid?Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria*Joan Didion, Holy WaterFrederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write*Brian Doyle, Joyas VoladoresBarbara Ehrenreich, Serving in FloridaLars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving*Nora Ephron, The Boston PhotographsStephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie*Malcolm Gladwell, Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be TweetedLangston Hughes, SalvationZora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored MeThomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence*Jamaica Kincaid, The Ugly TouristMartin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail*Stephen King, Reading to WriteMaxine Hong Kingston, No Name WomanVerlyn Klinkenborg, Our Vanishing Night*Jonathan Lethem, 13, 1977, 21Audre Lorde, The Fourth of JulyNancy Mairs, On Being a CrippleMalcolm X, Learning to ReadN. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy MountainBharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in AmericaGeorge Orwell, Shooting an ElephantPlato, Allegory of the Cave*Michael Pollan, Why Bother?Richard Rodriguez, Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual ChildhoodMike Rose, "I Just Wanna Be Average"David Sedaris, A Plague of Tics*Charles Simic, A Reunion with Boredom*Peter Singer, The Singer Solution to World Poverty*Susan Sontag, A Woman’s Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of SentimentsBrent Staples, Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space*John Jeremiah Sullivan, Feet in SmokeJonathan Swift, A Modest ProposalAmy Tan, Mother Tongue*Henry David Thoreau, Civil DisobedienceAlice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' GardensE. B. White, Once More to the Lake*Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare’s SisterDocumentation GuideGlossary of Writing Terms*New to this edition