Resources

The Mason Library is full of essays that may be useful to browse when you are interested in exploring the ways essays are put together. The list of essay collections below, which I have organized chronologically, offers an added bonus: interesting introductions that will develop your critical and theoretical vocabulary about the essay as a literary form

Kaplan, Justin, and Robert Atwan. The Best American Essays 1990. Ticknor & Fields, 1990. PS688 .B47 1990

Ward, Geoffrey C, and Robert Atwan. The Best American Essays, 1996. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996. PS688 .B47 1996

Oates, Joyce Carol, and Robert Atwan, editors. The Best American Essays of the Century. Houghton Mifflin, 2000.  PS688 .B477 2000

Lightman, Alan P, and Robert Atwan. The Best American Essays 2000. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. PS688 .B47 2000

Gould, Stephen Jay, and Robert Atwan. The Best American Essays 2002. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. PS688 .B47 2002

Fadiman, Anne, and Robert Atwan. The Best American Essays 2003. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. PS688 .B47 2003

Hitchens, Christopher, and Robert Atwan. The Best American Essays 2010. Houghton Mifflin, 2010. PS688 .B47 2010  

Danticat, Edwidge, and Robert Atwan, editors. The Best American Essays 2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. PS688 .B47 2011