The Personal Essay & Friendship

“The hallmark of the personal essay is its intimacy….Through sharing thoughts, memories, desires, complaints, and whimsies, the personal essayist sets up a relationship with the reader, a dialogue—a friendship, if you will, based on identification, understanding, testiness, and companionship….”

Phillip Lopate (Ed.), The Art of the Personal Essay, NY: Doubleday, 1994, xxiii

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