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The Essayist at Work: Profiles of Creative Nonfiction Writers
     

The Essayist at Work: Profiles of Creative Nonfiction Writers

by Lee Gutkind (Editor), Annie Dillard
 

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Today, creative nonfiction/literary journalism encompasses the length and breadth of the literary spectrum. The Essayist at Work offers proven methods for making a mark in this competitive genre.

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Today, creative nonfiction/literary journalism encompasses the length and breadth of the literary spectrum. The Essayist at Work offers proven methods for making a mark in this competitive genre.

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Library Journal
This exciting compilation gives readers a look at major nonfiction writers and their craft. Creative nonfiction as a form involves telling the truth as the author sees it. Not always the easiest path to follow, but one which, when many of these writers discovered it, became their passion. Writers could look here for ways to improve their own writing as well as for inspiration from the likes of Gay Talese, Ellen Gilchrist, and Tracy Kidder. Scott Chisholm's piece on William Least Heat Moon is, by itself, worth the price of the book. Annie Dillard's essay, "Schedules," is a wonderful look at how she works as well as what it means to live by a schedule. The writing in this book is even and thoughtful as well as thought-provoking. This should be used as an introduction to the essay form in high school and college English classes. Highly recommended for all libraries.Lisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., Wis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780435081515
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
01/13/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Lee Gutkind, founder and editor of the popular journal Creative Nonfiction, has performed as a clown for Ringling Brothers, scrubbed with heart and liver surgeons, traveled with a crew of National League baseball umpires, and wandered the country on a motorcycle-all as research for eight books and numerous profiles and essays. The former director of the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and currently a professor of English there, Gutkind pioneered the teaching of creative nonfiction, conducting workshops and presenting readings throughout the United States.

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