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In his introduction to The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present, Phillip Lopate attempts to define the form while using the form.

Lopate briefly considers “certain worrisome distinctions” between types of essays. He consults Holman Harmon’s A Handbook of Literature who asserts a difference between formal and familiar essays, and further between familiar and personal essays. Lopate is dismissive: “The difference, if there is any, is one of nuance, I suspect. The familiar essay values lightness of touch above all else, the personal essay, which need not be light, tends to put the writer’s ‘I’ or idiosyncratic angle more at center stage.” Lopate’s introduction itself is an example of a heavy exploration where the writer’s “I” has a strong presence. The way he deals with Holman is a bit intimate, an admission of not being able to follow a distinction. We see…

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