A Portable AnthologySeventh Edition| ©2023 Samuel Cohen
Portable, affordable, and highly teachable
50 Essays: A Portable Anthology is a bestselling value-priced reader because its virtues don't stop at the price. The book’s carefully chosen selections engage students and include both classic essays and high-interest, contemporary readings. The editorial apparatus is flexible and unobtrusive enough to support a variety of approaches to teaching composition. The seventh edition features new voices on culturally relevant topics as well as an enhanced documentation guide establishing the importance of conducting research and evaluating sources, and new pre-reading questions to guide students as they develop their skills as critical readers.
Highly teachable. 50 Essays offers models of good writing with selections proven effective in the classroom. Classic selections by authors including Frederick Douglass and Virginia Woolf expose students to time-tested writing. Contemporary and culturally diverse writers such as Nikole Hannah-Jones introduce alternative perspectives and current voices.
A flexible collection can be adapted to suit a variety of classroom needs. The alphabetical-by-author arrangement of the readings is supplemented by five alternative tables of contents that organize the selections by rhetorical mode, theme, writing purpose, chronological order, and teaching pairs and clusters.
Practical apparatus that meets the needs of writing instructors. The editorial material moves students from critical reading to thoughtful writing and revising.
- An introduction for students discusses the relationship among critical thinking, reading, and writing.
- Headnotes precede each reading, providing biographical and contextual background.
- A pre-reading question before each essay guides students in developing critical reading skills.
- Five kinds of questions follow each selection to help students understand, analyze, connect with, and respond to what they read.
- A glossary of writing terms provides definitions of important rhetorical concepts, including examples drawn from essays in the anthology.
- A documentation guide establishes the importance of conducting research, evaluating, and citing sources.
New to This Edition
14 new essays invite students to think deeply across science, philosophy, and sociology, and to confront issues of our time while providing excellent models of effective writing. New essays include the following:
- Nikole Hannah-Jones’s “America Wasn’t a Democracy Until Black Americans Made It One” recontextualizes race and history in the United States.
- Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “The Council of Pecans” examines Indigenous identity and relationships to nature.
- Joe Zadeh’s “The Tyranny of Time” investigates the nature and experience of time.
- Stephanie Burt’s “My Life as a Girl” details the relationship between gender, identity, and embodied experience.
As You Read questions preceding each essay guide students as they develop their skills as critical readers both in the classroom and beyond.
“Being Critical without Criticizing,” a new section in the Introduction to help students engage in productive and empathetic discourse with each other and with the various essays in the book.
An enhanced Documentation Guide that establishes the importance of conducting research and evaluating sources.
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Table of Contents
[*represents readings new to this edition]
Preface for Instructors
Alternative Tables of Contents
By Rhetorical Mode
By Clusters and Paired Readings
By Chronological Order
Introduction for Students: Active Reading, Critical Thinking, and the Writing Process
Maya Angelou, “Graduation”
Gloria Anzaldúa, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”
Barbara Lazear Ascher, “On Compassion”
James Baldwin, “Notes of a Native Son”
*Stephanie Burt, “My Life as a Girl”
Danny Chau, “The Burning Desire for Hot Chicken”
Sandra Cisneros, “Only Daughter”
Eli Clare, “Clearcut: Explaining the Distance”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Paranoid Style of American Policing”
*Samuel Cohen, “Patriot Days”
*John Dickerson, “Every Dog is a Rescue Dog”
Joan Didion, “On Keeping a Notebook”
Frederick Douglass, “Learning to Read and Write”
Lars Eighner, “On Dumpster Diving”
Stephanie Ericsson, “The Ways We Lie”
Jen Gann, “Wrongful Birth”
Malcolm Gladwell, “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted”
Rahawa Haile, “Going It Alone”
*Nikole Hannah-Jones, “America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One”
Jenine Holmes, “When Pink Ballet Slippers Won't Do”
Langston Hughes, “Salvation”
Zora Neale Hurston, “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”
*Brooke Jarvis, “Deer Wars and Death Threats”
Thomas Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence”
*Walter Johnson, “Guns in the Family”
*Christine Kenneally, “Mind Machines”
*Robin Wall Kimmerer, “The Council of Pecans”
Stephen King, “Reading to Write”
*Jill Lepore, “What's Wrong with the Way We Work”
Audre Lorde, “The Fourth of July”
Nancy Mairs, “On Being a Cripple”
Matthew J. X. Malady, “The Ghosts in Our Machines”
*Saima Mir, “A Woman of Substance”
Bharati Mukherjee, “Two Ways to Belong in America”
Tommy Orange, from There, There
George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant”
Mike Rose, " ‘I Just Wanna Be Average’ "
*Kathryn Schulz, “Where the Wild Things Go”
David Sedaris, “I Like Guys”
Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space”
Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal”
Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”
Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”
*Jerald Walker, “Breathe”
Ai Weiwei, “The Refugee Crisis Isn't About Refugees. It's About Us.”
Virginia Woolf, “Professions for Women”
Hanya Yanagihara, “A Pet Tortoise Who Will Outlive Us All”
*Joe Zadeh, “The Tyranny of Time”
*Michelle Zauner, “Crying in H Mart”
Dave Zirin, “Pre-Game”
Glossary of Writing Terms
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