The American Essay in the American Century is a compelling, highly readable book that illuminates the history of a secretly beloved literary genre. A work that will appeal to fiction readers, scholars, and students alike, this book offers fundamental insight into modern American literary history and the intersections of literature, culture, and class through the personal essay. This thoroughly researched volume dismisses, once and for all, the "death of the essay," proving that the essay will remain relevant for a very long time to come.
Ned Stuckey-French is Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University. He is co-author of the eighth edition of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, the most widely adopted creative writing text in the U.S., and coeditor of the forthcoming Essayists on the Essay: Four Centuries of Commentary. He lives with his wife, author Elizabeth Stuckey-French, in Tallahassee, Florida.