Summary: The college version of The Best American Essays, Fourth Edition, is acollection of essays for first-year composition courses, loosely arrangedby broad aims of discourse, including narrative, informative, andargumentative essays. In addition to its rhetorical organization, thereader also offers flexibility for instructors who prefer a thematic oralphabetical organization. The editor introduces students to various typesof essays, followed by commentary from well-known ...show morewriters on such subjectsas "Essayists Must Tell the Truth" and "Essays Are Not ScientificDocuments." The 36 essays are presented in this volume with streamlinedapparatus, including brief general and biographical introductions for eachessay, followed by three straightforward questions for reflection. Thishandy, slim volume of literary-quality essays has become a classic forcollege writing courses.
The editor has selected these essays from the popular annually updatedHoughton Mifflin Best American Essays trade series based on theirappropriateness for college writing programs. The essays are organized bycategory--personal, informative, and persuasive--to reflect the typesof writing most often taught in introductory and even advanced composition courses.