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"Carl H. Klaus and Ned Stuckey-French have provided an informative guide to how the genre of the essay has been conceptualized and conventionalized in literary history. As this capacious collection demonstrates, no genre has more potential to chart the meandering possibilities of thought in action, especially when the essay thinks itself."—Charles Bernstein, author, Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions

"Carl Klaus and Ned Stuckey-French are among the finest commentators of the genre today. Their presentation of the material is compelling and, in my opinion, will be extremely valuable to us all—we teachers, writers, critics, and educated readers who remain devoted to furthering the study of the essay."—Robert Atwan, series editor, Best American Essays

"At long last, a book that collects critical ideas—from the minds of essay practitioners—about the oft-maligned yet exquisite literary adventure that is the essay. Not only does this anthology document the history of the essay, but it also provides guidance, via an extensive thematic guide, to the study of this form. Teachers, students, essayists, and essay enthusiasts will want this volume on their shelves."—Kim Dana Kupperman, author, I Just Lately Started Buying Wings: Missives from the Other Side of Silence

"…the essay has proven so durable and significant a genre, the time seems long overdue for a sustained consideration of its qualities—and who better to undertake the task than essayists themselves?"—Popmatters

“It is probably a good thing that not a single one of the writers collected in Carl H. Klaus and Ned Stuckey-French’s superbly useful and pioneering anthology, Essayists on the Essay, risks insisting on the essay’s outer boundaries, though many identify in Montaigne its sacred spring.”—Thomas Karshan, Times Literary Supplement