Writing and Reading the Essay OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Course on Essay Writing and Essay Reading by MIT

Published Apr 23, 2009

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Explore the art of the essay with this OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'Writing and Reading the Essay' seeks to increase students' experiences with the essay format through readings and writing assignments. This material may benefit students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Writing and Reading the Essay: Course Specifics

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Writing and Reading the Essay: Course Description

The essay is an increasingly popular form of writing that is well-suited to a variety of styles and subjects. This free OpenCourseWare from MIT presents study materials that demonstrate the craft of essay writing. The readings include a pair of early examples of essay writing from Francis Bacon and Michel de Montaigne. Montaigne's works from the 16th century are thought to have helped originally to popularize the essay format. The course also includes assignments and sample essays from past students of this class. This material may interest students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English.

This OpenCourseWare offers readings, student essays, assignments and a list of further readings free online. To start reading, visit the essay writing course page.

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