Best Essays Of The Last 50 Years


Back in 2011, Flavorwire’s Kathleen Massara sifted through

…innumerable notable essays written between 1961 and today. However, even though it’s a crazy idea to attempt to make a top ten list of the pieces that shaped the era, that’s what we do…

Inspired by the University of Iowa’s Essay Prize, Ms. Massara sought out ten essays she thought “best exemplifie[d] the art of essaying — inquiry, experimentation, discovery, and change.” Included are some legends and some more obscure. And yes, Céline Dion made the list.

Check out the list here. (Some of the links lead to online reads, others to sale pages for books featuring the essays.)

What’s your best essays list? Five Essays That Should Be Famous? Seven Essays That Changed the Author’s Life? Ten Best Essays Under 1000 Words?

Create a category and make your case, then email it to brevitymag+bestessay@gmail.com. We’ll choose a list or two to feature here on the Brevity blog.

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About the Author

"Jamison has done an exceptional job curating this volume, selecting essayists who are diverse in ideas and experiences, and essays that are challenging, passionate, sobering, and clever."
--Publishers Weekly
 
LESLIE JAMISON is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection. She lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant professor at Columbia University.

Editorial Reviews

Review

About the Author

"Jamison has done an exceptional job curating this volume, selecting essayists who are diverse in ideas and experiences, and essays that are challenging, passionate, sobering, and clever."
--Publishers Weekly
 
LESLIE JAMISON is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection. She lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant professor at Columbia University.

Editorial Reviews

Review

About the Author

"Jamison has done an exceptional job curating this volume, selecting essayists who are diverse in ideas and experiences, and essays that are challenging, passionate, sobering, and clever."
--Publishers Weekly
 
LESLIE JAMISON is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection. She lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant professor at Columbia University.

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