Books by John D’Agata

THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN ESSAY by John D’Agata
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2016

"The editors of the Norton anthologies need not worry: their position in literature and in the market remains secure."
A literary anthology and textbook incorporating some three dozen presumably teachable essays—some of which are not essays at all. Read full book review >
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT by John D’Agata
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2012

"The book will not appeal to general readers, but it will be eagerly devoured and loudly discussed by creative-nonfiction writers and readers who thrive on books about books."
A riveting essay delving into the arcane yet entertaining debate within the writing community over the relationship between truth and accuracy when writing creative nonfiction. Read full book review >
ABOUT A MOUNTAIN by John D’Agata
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 2010

"Well-meaning but off the mark."
Middling wanderings along the Las Vegas Strip and the Nevada desert. Read full book review >
THE NEXT AMERICAN ESSAY by John D’Agata
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"In a note about the title, D'Agata says that by 'next' he means 'the essays that might be inspired by these.' Based on this anthology, that could mean pretty much anything."
A sometimes challenging anthology that expands the usual definition of essay. Read full book review >
HALLS OF FAME by John D’Agata
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Full of promise but mired in problems, D'Agata doesn't make the cut."
A collection of essays from a new writer who spurns traditional narrative. Read full book review >