Introduction to The Art of the Personal Essay

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Introducing The Art of the Personal Essay, Phillip Lopate rejectsthe judgment borrowed from the Spanish philosopher Eduardo Nicolthat the essay is “almost literature” and “almost philosophy.” I used thesephrases as an epigraph in my Tracing the Essay and have modified...


The Art of the Personal Essay » Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate, editor. The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Doubleday, 1994.

This book is the outgrowth of courses in prose style, voice, and the art of the personal essay that I began teaching at the University of Iowa during the 1960s, well before the academic advent of literary nonfiction, thanks to the encouragement and professional support of such a visionary department chair as John C. Gerber and my colleague, Richard Lloyd-Jones. ...