American essays of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are now most likely found in anthologies designed for writing classes. Stripped of the context in which they were written, they serve as models for college writers. This is regrettable, Ned Stuckey-French argues in The American Essay in the American Century, because American essays published between 1880 and 1940 did important and untold cultural work. … The American Essay in the American Century makes a strong contribution to our understanding of middle-class culture in the first half of the twentieth century.
—Evan Brier, Journal of American History
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