Literary Journalism: A New Collection of the Best American Nonfiction

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Some of the best and most original prose in America today is being written by literary journalists. Memoirs and personal essays, profiles, science and nature reportage, travel writing — literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful styles and fresh approaches. In Literary Journalism, editors Norman Sims and Mark Kramer have collected the finest examples of literary journalism from both the masters of the genre who have been working for decades and the new ...
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Overview

Some of the best and most original prose in America today is being written by literary journalists. Memoirs and personal essays, profiles, science and nature reportage, travel writing — literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful styles and fresh approaches. In Literary Journalism, editors Norman Sims and Mark Kramer have collected the finest examples of literary journalism from both the masters of the genre who have been working for decades and the new voices freshly arrived on the national scene.

The fifteen essays gathered here include:
— John McPhee's account of the battle between army engineers and the lower Mississippi River
— Susan Orlean's brilliant portrait of the private, imaginative world of a ten-year-old boy
— Tracy Kidder's moving description of life in a nursing home
— Ted Conover's wild journey in an African truck convoy while investigating the spread of AIDS
— Richard Preston's bright piece about two shy Russian mathematicians who live in Manhattan and search for order in a random universe
— Joseph Mitchell's classic essay on the rivermen of Edgewater, New Jersey
— And nine more fascinating pieces of the nation's best new writing

In the last decade this unique form of writing has grown exuberantly — and now, in Literary Journalism, we celebrate fifteen of our most dazzling writers as they work with great vitality and astonishing variety.

Profiles, memoirs and personal essays, science and nature reportage, travel writing--literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful style and fresh approaches. A worthy successor to its esteemed predecessor--a standard in many college courses--Literary Journalism collects more of the finest examples from many masters of the genre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345382221
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 708,696
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

The Art of Literary Journalism 3
Breakable Rules for Literary Journalists 21
The Rivermen 35
First Family of Astoria 75
The American Man at Age Ten 97
The Mountains of Pi 111
A Family Portrait in Black & White 153
Mr. Bellow's Planet 177
Strawberries Under Ice 195
Trina and Trina 209
The Ga-Ga Years 233
Predilections 259
The Road Is Very Unfair: Trucking Across Africa in the Age of AIDS 301
Access 343
Memory 369
Fernande Pelletier 385
Atchafalaya 407
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