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From the Publisher"Fascinating. . . . Will make you look at some of your favorite authors—from Twain to Hemingway, Dickens to Defoe—in a fresh light."—American Journalism
"One of the strengths of Underwood's approach . . . is his ability to interweave these traumatic histories into a seamless and compelling narrative of human experience."—Media International Australia
"An intriguing and impressive contribution that will inspire considerable thought. It is well written and contains interesting information."
—Nancy Roberts, coeditor of The Press and America: An Interpretive History of the Mass Media
"Underwood rightly asks whether and how changing journalistic and literary production (the disappearing newsroom, the increasingly micro-technology we use to read and communicate, the changing nature of the printed word itself) might be altering the narration and consumption of trauma."—H-Net Reviews
"A beautifully interdisciplinary work that carves out its own frontier and adds a great deal to existing literature. I have never seen a book on a similar topic that is so readable, accessible, and vast in scope as this one."
—Jan Whitt, author of Women in American Journalism: A New History