The first volume in A New History of the Essay, featuring literature from around the world.
“The next few years will likely see no anthology of writing, in whatever genre, as compellingly readable and as richly worthwhile as this one.”—Ploughshares
“A genuinely exhilarating work of literary history.”— Booklist
“Generous . . . eclectic . . . impassioned.” —The Los Angeles Times
“The art of nonfiction at its best.” —Publisher’s Weekly