About this title: Joyce Carol Oates selects 55 unforgettable essays by the finest American writers of this century: Mark Twain, W.E.B. Du Bois, John Muir, William James, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, H.L. Mencken, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Mary McCarthy, Rachel Carson, Eudora Welty, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tom Wolfe, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and many others. NPR sponsorship.
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