Literary Nonfiction: The Fourth Genre / Edition 1by Stephen Minot
This book is an introduction to creative, or literary, nonfiction and to the art of writing fresh and original work. Presenting clear guidelines and fresh approaches to creativity, this well-written book explores the six basic approaches to non-fiction writing, differentiates between what is creative and what is utilitarian, and describes honest as/b>… See more details below
This book is an introduction to creative, or literary, nonfiction and to the art of writing fresh and original work. Presenting clear guidelines and fresh approaches to creativity, this well-written book explores the six basic approaches to non-fiction writing, differentiates between what is creative and what is utilitarian, and describes honest as opposed to deceitful work. Using short example essays to illustrate the key approaches of personal experience, biographical sketch, opinion, reflection, place, and historical incident, this book stresses the importance of learning to write by reading. Useful for individuals who wish to examine nonfiction essays critically, with the intention of writing themselves. Also, those who keep literary journals will benefit from this book.
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Table of Contents
I. ASPECTS OF THE GENRE.
1. Literary Nonfiction: What Makes It Distinctive?
2. Six Basic Forms of Literary Nonfiction: An Overview.
3. Plunging In: Getting Started.
4. Theme: What's Your Point?
5. Creating Structure.
6. Literary Concerns: Style, Tone, Suggestion.
7. Ethical Questions: How Much Is Real?
8. Active Reading: How to Learn from Others.
II. ANALYSIS: CASE STUDIES.
9. Personal Experience: Focus on Characterization.
Snakebit, Connie Wienecke.
10. Personal Experience Continued: Focus on Theme.
Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Christopher Clausen. For discussion: Catholics, Gary Soto.
11. Biographical Sketches: Light and Serious.
The Hip Plumber, James D. Houston. My Father's Body, Christopher Buckley.
12. Biographical Sketch for Discussion.
The Day After That, Tzivia Gover.
13. Opinions: Direct and Indirect.
The Coldness of E-Mail, Destiny Ward. For discussion: Strong Stories, Joseph Bruchac.
14. Reflections: Discursive Writing with a Purpose.
Stone's Throw, Jackson Jodie Daviss. For discussion: Total Laryngitis, Trinie Dalton.
15. A Sense of Place.
On Leaving Florida, Marjorie Sandor. For discussion: The Rise and Fall of Rodney, James Bertram.
16. A Glimpse of History.
Captain Hind the Highwayman, C.V. Wedgwood. For discussion: The Key, Stephen Minot.
Appendix A: Submitting Material.
Appendix B: Further Reading.
Appendix C: Notes on Contributors.
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