Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. John McKenna


The modern familiar essay is writing that balances skillfully on the fence rails between information and entertainment, scanning the view in both directions. Somewhat as in a business partnership, one member provides the originality that comes from experience and observation while the other contributes the authority that comes from facts and research. If balanced and integrated, the twin components of information and entertainment make the modern familiar essay as successfully unique in literature as the solid entrepreneurship is in business.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1991 Marlene Koenig.