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“I make them up, I tell them. Out of my head.” – Neil Gaiman

“The phrase comes to him before the emotion; but we must add that he is nevertheless a born writer, a man who detests meals, servants, ease, respectability or anything that gets between him and his art; who has kept his freedom when most of his contemporaries have long ago lost theirs; who is ashamed of nothing but being ashamed; who says whatever he has it in his mind to say, and has taught himself an accent, a cadence, indeed a language, for saying it in which, though they are not English, but Irish, will give him his place among the lesser immortals of our tongue.” – Virginia Woolf essay – George Moore

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1. 30 Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace

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30 Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace (Online viewing)

2. 50 Essays by George Orwell

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50 Essays by George Orwell (Online viewing)

3. Essays & Ebooks by Henry David Thoreau

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Essays & Ebooks by Henry David Thoreau (Online viewing)


  1. 12 Essays: First Series (1841) by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  2. 9 Essays: Second Series (1844) by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  3. 13 Essays by Joan Didion (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  4. Essays & Works by Immanuel Kant (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  5. The Aesthetics Of Silence by Susan Sontag (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  6. A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  7. The Work Of Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  8. Mr. Lytle by John Jeremiah Sullivan (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  9. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  10. King’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail by King, Martin Luther Jr. (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  11. On Solitude by Michel de Montaigne (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  12. On Cannibals by Michel de Montaigne (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  13. On The Benefits Of Human Society by Samuel Johnson (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  14. Consolation In The Face Of Death by Samuel Johnson (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  15. On Procrastination by Samuel Johnson (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  16. Homage To Duke Ellington On His Birthday by Ralph Ellison (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  17. The Myth Of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  18. Perchance To Dream by Jonathan Franzen (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  19. Mr. Difficult by Jonathan Franzen (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  20. Notes On ?Camp? by Susan Sontag (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  21. The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception (1944) by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  22. The Soul Of Man Under Socialism (1891) by Oscar Wilde (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  23. Goodbye To All That by Joan Didion (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  24. The Garden Of Cyrus by Sir Thomas Browne (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  25. Why I Am Not A Christian by Bretrand Russell (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  26. The Relativity Of Wrong by Isaac Asimov (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  27. I Do Not Fear Death by Roger Ebert (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  28. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  29. Rights Of Man by Thomas Paine (Online viewing) [View / Download]
  30. Beyond Good And Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche (Online viewing) [View / Download]

Writing essays made easy! Improve your essay writing skills – from analysing questions and creating introductions to submitting finished essays. This eBook covers reports, dissertations, and term papers. Learn how to develop your English grammar, clarify your thinking, and plan your writing. The book includes five sample essays on current affairs, history, philosophy, sociology, and literary studies. PDF format can be used on laptops, mobiles, and workstations. You can add your own notes and live hyperlinks to personalise your eBook and make it more interactive. This is a full length book for the price of a cup of coffee.

New design – stylish typography and layout – seventh edition

Sample pages   A good essay — Paragraphs — Analysing questions



A brief review Analyse the question – Generate ideas – Choose topics – Reading – Selection process – Put topics in order – Arrange material – Make changes – Finalise plan – First draft – Paragraphs – Revising draft – Editing.
A good essay Answers the question – Clear structure – Appropriate style – Arguments supported by evidence – Shows clear thinking – Wide reading – Originality.
Abbreviations Common abbreviations used in referencing sources and showing bibliographic details.
Analysing questions How to recognise key terms and instruction terms in the question(s) you have been asked to answer..
ApostrophesHow to use the apostrophe correctly in contractions and the possessive case.
BibliographiesHow to create and present a list of the works you have used or quoted from in your essay.
Case agreementHow to create agreement between subjects and objects, and ensure consistency when using singulars and plurals.
CategorisingHow to assess and organise the topics you are going to use in the construction of your essay plan.
Checking drafts A checklist of what to look for after you have completed the first draft of your essay. It’s easy to forget details: a checklist helps.
Colons The colon is used to introduce a list, or to separate two clauses. This shows how to do it.
ConclusionsA good conclusion should draw together and summarise all the arguments in your essay.
DatesThe commonly used system for referring to days, dates, and seasons in academic writing.
Endnotes How to represent bibliographic information of works from which you have quoted, in a separate list of notes at the end of the essay.
Exam essays How to produce essays under the pressure of limited time during an examination. Some tips and tricks.
Footnotes How to represent bibliographic information of works from which you have quoted, in a separate list of notes at the foot of each page of the essay.
Generating ideasHow to create the ideas and the arguments for your assignment – free thinking and capturing data.
Instructions An explanation of the terms commonly used in essay questions and instructions – and what they require from you in your answer(s).
Introductions How to get an essay off to a good start. It must be relevant, and it should be short.
Jargon How to recognise specialist language – and understand where it is appropriate – and when it is not.
Length of essaysHow to stay within the word limit, and how to edit your work if you have exceeded the word count.
Line referencesHow to show references to quotations from plays and poetry.
Names How to represent the names of people, organisations, places, and events in academic writing.
Narratives How to deal with subjects which involve a ‘story of what happened’ (history, fiction) without getting lost in events.
Numbers How to represent the numbers of things mentioned in an essay.
ParagraphsHow to create the structure and arrange the elements of an effective paragraph.
PlagiarismHow to understand plagiarism, and avoid it by acknowledging your sources.
Planning essaysAnalyse the question – Generate ideas – Choose topics – Arrange order – Provide evidence – Make charges – Finalise plan – Check for relevance. Sample plan.
PresentationHow to maximise the visual impact of your essay by using margins, white space, headings, line-spacing, and emphasis.
Punctuation The basic rules of punctuation, plus guidance on using marks such as the dash, hyphen, oblique stroke, and quote marks.
Questions Do not pose your answer in the form of questions. In fact do not raise questions in essays – unless you are going to answer them.
Quotations How to quote from other people’s work in your essay – and how to make sure that your quotes are tied back accurately to bibliographical citations.
Reading How to decide how much reading and research are required for background information to an essay assignment.
RelevanceHow to decide on the relevance of your arguments in relation to the question you have been asked to answer.
RepetitionHow to avoid repeating the same names (people and places) and key words in an essay.
RewritingHow to improve the quality of your essay by editing and re-writing it before submission.
Semicolons How to understand the semicolon and use it correctly. If in doubt, don’t use it.
SentencesHow to create simple and effective sentences. Follow the simple Subject – Verb – Object pattern of writing.
SignpostingAvoid heavy-handed signals of intent in your essay. Let your arguments speak for themselves.
Style A plain and simple prose style will help you to avoid the problems of over-complicated writing.
Taking notesHow to take efficient notes when reading, listening to lectures, or watching videos. An example of a good set of notes.
TensesHow to choose the right tense to discuss a text and describe events from the past.
TitlesHow to show the titles of articles, journals, newspapers, magazines, films, and books in essays.
Tone How to create a persuasive tone for an essay, which is engaging but not too personal.
Tutor commentLearning from the comments a tutor may write on your essay. It’s valuable feedback.
Word-processorsHow to use the power of a word-processor to improve the quality of your work.
Writer’s blockSeven effective techniques for getting words onto the page. Recognising the type of block. How to generate more text.
Sample essaysFour sample essays at different levels – on Government, Philosophy, Sociology, and Literary Studies.
Reference Reviews of useful reference books for academic writing – with direct web links to Amazon.


Dr Roy Johnson is the author of best-selling writing and study guides – Studying Fiction, Making the Grade, Improve your Writing Skills, Writing Essays 3.0, and several others. He was originally an industrial designer, then went on to lecture on literary studies at Manchester University and the Open University. He publishes a monthly newsletter on writing, culture, and technology, and is the director of Mantex Information Design.

“My essay grades improved immediately” Isobel Smith [Open University]

Price – £1.95 – 102 pages – PDF format – 1996-2011 – ISBN 0951984403

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