Sourcebook Of American Literary Journalism

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A wide range of writers are brought together for the first time in this discussion of an on-going, largely unrecognized American prose tradition: literary journalism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Such writing was not new journalism and therefore simply a type of journalism; nor was it factual fiction, merely a type of realistic fiction. Rather, it can be examined as a distinct literary form, a type of cultural expression that can be defined and characterized.

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Overview

A wide range of writers are brought together for the first time in this discussion of an on-going, largely unrecognized American prose tradition: literary journalism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Such writing was not new journalism and therefore simply a type of journalism; nor was it factual fiction, merely a type of realistic fiction. Rather, it can be examined as a distinct literary form, a type of cultural expression that can be defined and characterized.

Thirty-five lively and literate essays by contributing scholars analyze major writers of this literary genre or writers known for a major work in the genre, and Thomas B. Connery provides short pieces for nineteen additional figures. The volume introduction discusses definitions and characteristics of literary journalism, with reference to the patterns of reality depicted, and identifies two main types: works characterized by immersion and shorter, more impressionistic pieces. The roots of this new journalism are traced, and ideas of the theorists of this genre are explicated. Connery also provides the results of his research and uncovers the primary sources of literary journalism.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The many interpretations of literary journalism are explored in this reference's detailed introduction, but it is best described as, ``nonfiction printed prose whose verifiable content is shaped and transformed into a story or sketch by use of narrative and rhetorical techniques generally associated with fiction.'' Contributing scholars have written lengthy critical essays on 35 writers, including Stephen Crane, Dorothy Day, John Hersey, Joan Didion, John McPhee, and these are arranged chronologically from Mark Twain to Tracy Kidder. Editor Connery writes that this should ``provide a place to begin additional investigations . . . from a variety of critical approaches.'' Certainly it does that and is appropriate for all journalism and literature collections. A bonus is that many of the artfully crafted essays reflect the style and substance attributed to the best of literary journalism.-- Jo Cates, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.
Booknews
Thirty-five essays by contributing scholars analyze major writers of the literary journalism of the 19th and 20th centuries or writers known for a major work in the genre, and editor Connery provides short pieces for an additional 19 figures. The introduction discusses definitions and characteristics of literary journalism, traces its roots, and explicates the ideas of the theorists of this genre. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313265945
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1992
  • Pages: 426
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS B. CONNERY is Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he teaches a course in Literary Journalism.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction Discovering A Literary Form

The Writers Mark Twain

Richard Harding Davis

Stephen Crane

Jacob A. Riis

Abraham Cahan

Lincoln Steffens

George Ade

Hutchins Hapgood

William Hard

Theodore Dreiser

John Reed

Ring Lardner

Damon Runyon

Dorothy Day

Ernest Hemingway

James Agee

Joseph Mitchell

John Hersey

John Steinbeck

Lillian Ross

Truman Capote

Tom Wolfe

Gay Talese

Hunter S. Thompson

Michael Herr

Norman Mailer

Joe Eszterhas

C.D.B. Bryan

Jane Kramer

Richard Ben Cramer

John McPhee

Joan Didion

Bob Greene

Joe McGinniss

Tracy Kidder

Selected Bibliography

Index

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