The Best American Essays

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The Best American Essays is a yearly anthology of magazine articles published in the United States.[1] It was started in 1986 and is now part of The Best American Series published by HarperCollins.[2] Articles are chosen using the same procedure with other titles in the Best American series; the series editor chooses about 100 article candidates, from which the guest editor picks 25 or so for publication; the remaining runner-up articles listed in the appendix.[1] The series is edited by Robert Atwan, and Joyce Carol Oates assisted in the editing process until 2000 with the publication of The Best American Essays of the Century.

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  1. ^ a b Robert Atwan (ed.), Adam Gopnick (guest ed.). The Best American Essays 2008, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008. ISBN 978-0-618-98331-5
  2. ^ "The Best American Series– HarperCollins". Retrieved 29 March 2023.