10-second review: What is the personal essay? Bonamy Dobrée: “The essay…claimed to put aside all pedantry, all learning crammed out of books, and merely gave you the reasonable decent man talking to you or me or anyone else of what he thought about life: or rather, the man was talking to himself and allowing anyone who cared to do so to overhear him.”
“All personal essays are addressed to what Virginia Woolf called ‘the common reader’….”
The Art of the Personal Essay. Ed. Phillip Lopate.
: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995. New York