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Atwan [p. xi] summarizes criteria for an essay's inclusion, ending:
|To qualify for this volume, the essay must be a work of respectable literary quality, intended as a fully developed, independent essay on a subject of general interest (not specialized scholarship), originally written in English (or translated by the author) for publication in an American periodical during the calendar year. Today's essay is a highly flexible and shifting form, however, so these criteria are not carved in stone.|
Be sure to read David Forster Wallace's Introduction: Deciderization 2007 -- A Special Report. :
Now at: Best American Essays: 2007
Now at: Best American Essays: 1996 Includes the essay "Owls" by Mary Oliver, also available in two of her collections:
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