The Ten Greatest Essays, Ever

David Hamilton

Michel de Montaigne, “Of Presumption”

(from Essais, 1580)

The Blues

Michel de Montaigne, “Of the Education of Children”

(from Essais, 1580)

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

Michel de Montaigne, “Of Coaches”

(from Essais, 1580)

The Little Magazine

Michel de Montaigne, “Of Experience”

(from Essais, 1580)

The English Major

Michel de Montaigne, “On Some Verses of Virgil”

(from Essais, 1580)

and “Spring and All,” by William Carlos Williams

(from Spring and All, 1923)

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David Hamilton

David Hamilton is the long-time editor of the highly respected quarterly The Iowa Review. He’s also the author of a memoir, Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm, a collection of critical essays, Textualities: Essays on Poetry in the United States, two collections of poetry, Ossabaw and The Least Hinge, and the editor of Hard Choices. A contributor to such journals as The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Missouri Review, Hamilton is Professor of English at the University of Iowa where he teaches courses on Chaucer, Montaigne, and the history of the essay, and where he’s currently acting director of the graduate Nonfiction Writing Program.