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Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition

Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition - 5th edition

Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition - 5th edition

ISBN13: 9780393970906

ISBN10: 0393970906

Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition by Thomas Cooley - ISBN 9780393970906
Edition: 5TH 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
International: No
Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition by Thomas Cooley - ISBN 9780393970906

ISBN13: 9780393970906

ISBN10: 0393970906

Edition: 5TH 97

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Rhetorical organization, helpful apparatus, and lively selections make The Norton Sampler the perfect choice for first-year courses. Refreshed with fifteen new essays and three new interviews, this bestselling, short-essay reader retains the strengths that have made it a market leader.

Ranging from two to five pages, each essay, chapter, or section from a book is printed in its entirety so that students can see for themselves the power of the short-essay form and use the selections as models for their own writing.

50 Essays, 15 New, 25 by Women Writers

  • The Norton Sampler brings together lively, provocative authors such as Louise Erdrich, Barbara Ehrenreich, Nikki Giovanni, Jared Diamond, Jane Smiley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Philip Weiss, and James Q. Wilson, among many others, writing on crime, welfare reform, gun control, divorce, affirmative action, Martin Luther King Day, Easter Island, nursing, food, home, and the Middle East.

Student Writing Fully Featured

  • Student writing is a centerpiece of The Norton Sampler, which offers six student essays, two of them new to the Fifth Edition.

Writers on the Writing Process

  • Each chapter in The Norton Sampler closes with a "Writers on the Writing Process" section that features one or more of the writers in the chapter talking about their personal writing process.

Helpful Apparatus

  • Includes a thematic table of contents, chapter introductions to rhetorical strategies, author headnotes, a glossary of rhetorical terminology, study questions that probe understanding, structure, and language, and draw comparisons among essays, and questions for discussion and writing.

Author Bio

Cooley, Thomas : The Ohio State University Main Campus

Thomas Cooley is an associate professor of English and former director of the Writing Skills Laboratory at The Ohio State University. He is the author of The Norton Guide to Writing, Educated Lives: The Rise of Modern Autobiography in America, and the editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


The Writing Process

Annie Dillard, Transfiguration
Annie Dillard, How I Wrote the Moth Essay--and Why


1. Essays in the First Person Singular

Joyce Maynard, Four Generations
Mary E. Mebane, The Back of the Bus
Richard Rodriguez, None of This Is Fair
* Lee K. Abbott, The True Story of Why I Do What I Do

Writers on the Writing Process: An Interview with Mary E. Mebane


2. Essays That Classify and Divide

Susan Allen Toth, Cinematypes
Isaac Asimov, What Do You Call a Platypus?
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
* Eric A. Watts, The Color of Success

Writers on the Writing Process: Isaac Asimov and Susan Allen Toth

3. Essays That Analyze a Process

Alexander Petrunkevitch, The Spider and the Wasp
Garrison Keillor, How to Write a Letter
* Nikki Giovanni, On Holidays and How to Make Them Work
* Philip Weiss, How to Get Out of a Locked Trunk

Writers on the Writing Process: * Nikki Giovanni

4. Essays That Analyze Cause and Effect

Mary Talbot, The Potato: How It Shaped the World
* Jared Diamond, Who Killed Easter Island?
James Seilsopour, I Forgot the Words to the National Anthem
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., A Giant Step

Writers on the Writing Process: James Seilsopour

5. Essays That Define

* Cindy Schneider, A Name Is Just a Name?
Ellen Goodman, The Maidenform Woman Administers Shock Treatment
Diane Ackerman, Anosmia
* Jane Smiley, Reflections on a Lettuce Wedge

Writers on the Writing Process: Ellen Goodman

6. Essays That Compare and Contrast

Debi Davis, Body Imperfect
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Russell Baker, A Nice Place to Visit
Gary Soto, Like Mexicans

Writers on the Writing Process: Debi Davis and Russell Baker

7. Essays That Use Metaphor and Analogy

* Anne Raver, Pulling Up Roots
Judith Ortiz Cofer, More Room
* Kitty Burns Florey, Ticky-tacky
Alan M. Dershowitz, Shouting "Fire!"

Writers on the Writing Process: * Judith Ortiz Cofer


8. Essays That Appeal to the Senses

Cherokee Paul McDonald, A View from the Bridge
Beverly Dipo, No Rainbows, No Roses
Ann Hodgman, No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch
* Naomi Shihab Nye, Double Vision in a New Old World

Writers on the Writing Process: Beverly Dipo

Persuasion and Argumentation

9. Essays That Appeal to Reason

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Johnson C. Montgomery, The Island of Plenty
Kori Quintana, The Price of Power: Living in the Nuclear Age
* James Q. Wilson, Reasonable Search and Seizure
* Barbara Ehrenreich, Maintaining the Crime Supply

Writers on the Writing Process: * Barbara Ehrenreich

10. Essays That Appeal to Emotion and Ethics

Roger Verhulst, Being Prepared in Suburbia
* Lynn Woolsey, Reinvent Welfare, Humanely
Randy Shilts, Good AIDS, Bad AIDS
Anna Quindlen, The War on Drinks
Chief Seattle, Reply to the U.S. Government

Writers on the Writing Process: Roger Verhulst

Essays for Further Reading: Combining the Modes

Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
E. B. White, Once More to the Lake
Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth
Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook
* Louise Erdrich, Skunk Dreams
* Gordon Grice, Caught in the Widow's Web

Writers on the Writing Process: A Letter from E. B. White


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