The American Essay in the American Century probes the essay’s past as a means to consider its present and future: how it has formed us, and why; how it has changed; and what it continues to do for us personally and culturally. As a reflection of humanity in action, the essay has never been strictly cozy, political, or unvaried. Stuckey-French establishes the “resilience and. .. essence” of the essay by parading its ability to march forward through time, creating closeness and connection wherever the reader or writer may be.
—Cassie Keller Cole, The Journal of American Culture
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