Characteristics Of The Modern Essay

Characteristics Of The Modern Essay

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Scott Russell Sanders

SOURCE: "The Singular First Person," in Essays on the Essay: Redefining the Genre, edited by Alexander J. Butrym, The University of Georgia Press, 1989, pp. 31-42.

[Sanders is an American educator, fiction writer, and essayist. In the following essay, he discusses the personal nature of the essay form.]

The first soapbox orator I ever saw was haranguing a crowd beside the Greyhound station in Providence about the evils of fluoridated water. What the man stood on was actually an upturned milk crate, all the genuine soapboxes presumably having been snapped up by antique dealers. He wore an orange plaid sports coat and a...

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