The Ten Greatest Essays, Ever

Fanny Howe

Albert Camus, “The Myth of Sisyphus”

(from The Myth of Sisyphus, 1955)

Simone Weil, “The Iliad: Poem of Force”

(from Cahiers du Sud, December 1940 & January 1941)

Simone Weil, “On Human Personality”

(from Gravity and Grace, 1952)

James Baldwin, “Notes of a Native Son”

(from Notes of a Native Son, 1955)

Eliot Weinberger, “What I Heard about Iraq”

(from What Happened Here, 2005)

Adam Thirlwell, “Over the Top”

(from The Guardian, July 12, 2008)

Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet

(from Princeton University Press, 1986)

Chris Marker, Sans Soleil

(from Criterion Films, 1983)

Etel Adnan, In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country

(from City Lights Publishers, 2005)

Reza-Shah Kazemi, “Eckhart’s Image of the Eye and the Wood: An Analogy Which Explains ‘all that I have ever preached about'”

(from Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity, 2006)

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About Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe is the author of almost forty books, including the novels In the Middle of Nowhere, Saving History, and The Lives of the Spirit, the poetry collections Introduction to the World, The Lyrics, and One Crossed Out, and the highly acclaimed essay collection The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life. In a career that now spans nearly five decades, Howe has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded Howe in 2008 with an Academy Award in Literature. She has taught at Yale, Columbia, MIT, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, where Howe is currently Professor Emerita of Writing and Literature. The Fanny Howe Papers are now housed in the Cecil H. Green Library at Stanford University.