Sunday, August 18, 2019

Hilton Als

HILTON ALS, guest editor, became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1994 and a theater critic in 2002. Previously, Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor at large at Vibe. His first book, The Women, was published in 1996. His most recent book, White Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in 2014, discusses various narratives of race and gender. He won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2017.

- From The Best American Essays 2018, Back Cover.

Monday, June 3, 2019

John Barth

JOHN BARTH is the author of The Floating Opera; The End of the Road; The Sot-Weed Factor; Giles Goat-Boy; Letters; Sabbatical: A Romance; Lost in the Fun House, a series of short fictions; The Friday Book: Essays and Other Nonfiction; and Chimera, a volume of novellas that won the National Book Award for fiction in 1973. He was elected in 1974 to both the National Book Award for fiction in 1973. He was elected in 1974 to both the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is currently the Alumni Centennial Professor of English and Creative Writings at Johns Hopkins University. His latest book is The Tidewater Tales: A Novel.
- From The Best American Essays 1987, p. 315.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Best American Crime Writing

The Best American Crime Writing is a discontinued series from HarperCollins, the world's second largest publisher - although the series' name sounds as if it's one of The Best American Series by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but it is not (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the 8th largest publisher according to 2016 data). The series follows the same selection format as the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's series, with series editors and guest editor in each volume. The series editors for The Best American Crime Writing were: Otto Penzler & Thomas H. Cook.

The series lasted 9 years, with changing its name in 2007 to The Best American Crime Reporting. But, sadly, the series lasted only 3 more years after its name change and discontinued with its last volume in 2010. The series is interesting because it features collection of real crime stories, so it's worth collecting for people who want a good record of notable crimes happened from 2002 to 2010.

Volume Available Versions
2002 Hardcover, Paperback
2003 Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
2004 Hardcover, Paperback
2005 Paperback, Kindle
2006 Paperback, Kindle
Name Changes to:
The Best American Crime Reporting
Paperback, Kindle
2008 Paperback, Kindle
2009 Paperback, Kindle
2010 Paperback, Kindle

The Best American Series

Ongoing the Best American Series
Series Title
First Issue
The Best American Short Stories
The Best American Essays
The Best American Sports Writing
The Best American Mystery Stories
The Best American Science and Nature Writing
The Best American Travel Writing
The Best American Nonrequired Reading
The Best American Comics
The Best American Infographics
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy

Discontinued the Best American Series
Series Title
Published Dates
The Best American Recipes
The Best American Crime Writing
The Best American Spiritual Writing

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hardcover or Paperback?

For someone with extreme OCD with collecting books, a publisher's decision to make a hardcover version matters. And what matters even more is the publisher's decision to keep on making hardcover versions. But, sadly, for The Best American Essays Series, the publisher failed to stand strong its decision to publish hardcover versions. It can really break the series lover's heart - so take that to heart Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

And this post is dedicated to those who are collecting this collection, so you can stop going crazy trying to find the hardcover version of The Best American Essays 2009 and beyond. Enjoy.

Volume Available Versions
1986 Hardcover, Paperback
1987 Hardcover, Paperback
1988 Hardcover, Paperback
1989 Hardcover, Paperback
1990 Hardcover, Paperback
1991 Hardcover, Paperback
1992 Hardcover, Paperback
1993 Hardcover, Paperback
1994 Hardcover, Paperback
1995 Hardcover, Paperback
1996 Hardcover, Paperback
1997 Hardcover, Paperback
1998 Hardcover, Paperback
1999 Hardcover, Paperback
2000 Hardcover, Paperback
The Best American Essays of the Century Hardcover, Paperback
2001 Hardcover, Paperback
2002 Hardcover, Paperback
2003 Hardcover, Paperback
2004 Hardcover, Paperback
2005 Hardcover, Paperback
2006 Hardcover, Paperback
2007 Hardcover, Paperback
2008 Hardcover, Paperback
2009 Paperback
2010 Paperback
2011 Paperback, Kindle
2012 Paperback, Kindle
2013 Paperback, Kindle
2014 Paperback, Kindle
2015 Paperback, Kindle
2016 Paperback, Kindle
2017 Paperback, Kindle
2018 Paperback, Kindle

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Welcome to The Best American Essays

This blog features The Best American Essays Series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Please note that this blog isn't ran by the publisher, and that this is merely a fan blog for the love of the series.

I've been fascinated by literary essays, and these books are what really hooked me to the genre along with the The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present.

On this blog you will find book descriptions readily available from the back of the physical book itself, along with the table of contents containing the titles, the essayists, and the original publication where the essays were originally featured. And whenever possible, I put link to the actual essays whenever they are available for free on the original publishers' websites. And for some of the essays, you will find that the original publishers have went out of business - a sad truth for the literary world.

So I hope you enjoy this blog for what it has to offer, and I hope you fully enjoy the art of literary essays. In the future, this blog hopes feature discussion articles for every essay featured on the series. But until then, read an essay today. An essay a day will conserve your mind.