The third volume in A New History of the Essay, highlighting experiments in the contemporary American essay.
“One of the most significant anthologies published in years.”—The Believer
“This remarkable anthology presents a picture of what the American essay is, and what, with any luck, it may become.” —The Bookworm
“Emerson’s urge to represent experience and not tradition, to discover a world rather than inherit one, is at the heart of D’Agata’s book. Like Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, The Next American Essay creates a frontier between the American self and its imaginative New World.” —The Constant Critic
“Readers, listen up, then: Here is a book that makes some beautiful music.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review