Best American Essays 2001

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Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature.

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S., from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to the deserts of the Southwest to the Appalachians of western Virginia.

Melanie spent many seasons working in California’s Sequoia National Park, a place that first inspired her journey into nonfiction writing.

A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (fully funded by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation) and a resident at Wildacres, Hambidge, and the Vermont Studio Center, she was named a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts.

For the past two years her work has been supported by grants from The District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

I lived, at that time, in a neighborhood whose northern edge abutted a small swamp. I remember the icy hummocks we used as hassocks, half-sitting, half-leaning against them when we bent over to tie our skates on, the still, shallow water solidly frozen and skimmed with white, the swamp edges solid as playground benches.

I scratched mosquito bites until they bled and walked around all summer, lifting the hard crusty edges of scabs, the way I might have lifted manhole covers in a city street. I loved imagining my shins dotted with shallow ponds the size of lentils, complete with sedgy fringes and the chorus of spring peepers, the possibility of lowering myself into a labyrinth.

She currently makes her home at the confluence of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia.

This singular collection is nothing less than a political, spiritual, and intensely personal record of America's tumultuous modern age by our foremost critics, commentators, activists, and artists. Perelman • Langston Hughes • Katherine Anne Porter • Mary Mc Carthy • Rachel Carson • James Baldwin • Loren Eiseley • Eudora Welty • Donald Hall • Martin Luther King, Jr. Gass • Maxine Hong Kingston • Alice Walker • Adrienne Rich • Joan Didion • Richard Rodriguez • Gretel Ehrlich • Annie Dillard • Cynthia Ozick • William Manchester • Edward Hoagland • Stephen Jay Gould • Gerald Early • John Updike • Joyce Carol Oates • Saul Bellow An eclectic anthology of 55 essays chosen by Oates (Blonde, p.

ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986.

He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.

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