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For Our Time: 24 Essays by 8 Contemporary Americans
For Our Time 24 Essays by 8 Contemporary Americans Author:Barry Gross (Editor) A fascinating collection of twenty-four contemporary essays by eight leading Ameican prose writers: James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Herbert Gold, LeRoi Jones, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, William Styron, Gore Vidal. These writers have brought to their essays the same talents, inventiveness, and genius that have marked their fiction. The essays deal... more » primarily with continuing contemporary problems -- with questions of race, war, politics, protest, the university, urban problems. At the same time, however, the ook is not exclusively issue-oriented. There are also examples of occasional writing, of reviewing, of autobiography.
The editor's purpose in choosing three essays by each writer is to demonstrate the different stances writers may assume, depending on the subject matter and the reader audience, and to suggest that writing is a pragmatic thing, a matter of establishing specific goals and selecting the voices and techniques to achieve them.
Professor Gross is Associate Professor, Department of English, Michigan State University.« less