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This is the first critical study of Stephen Crane's nonfiction work - his urban reportage, travel writing, and war correspondence. Going beyond biography and literary criticism to trace a literary revolution that is a resonating strain in the genealogy of modern American literature, Robertson reveals the broad climate of change that had begun to blur the line between nonfiction writing and fiction in Crane's era. He also explores the life of two writers directly influenced by Crane: Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Dreiser.
-A fresh and illuminating appreciation of Stephen Crane's achievement as a writer, and a valuable study of continuities between modern American literature and the aesthetics and strategies of turn-of-the-century journalism. Anyone interested in American culture cannot help but learn from this lively, well-written re-examination of a key chapter in American literary history. -Shelly Fisher Fishkin -author of
Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on
Mark Twain and American Culture -Robertson argues that there was something he terms the 'fact-fiction discourse' in American literature, and finds journalism and literature feeding into each other in a wholly salubrious way. . . . Apart from a chapter on James and Howells at the beginning, and another on Dreiser and Hemingway at the close, Robertson's book is chiefly about Stephen Crane's nonfiction, most of which appeared in newspapers in the 1890s. He shows how Crane's early journalism was useful to the development of his ironic and detached style. He recounts Crane's work as a war correspondent . . . and he demonstrates how Crane was able to publish his work in newspapers that was subtle, experimental, and well in advance of its time. -Joseph Epstein -Times Literary Supplement
Winner of the 54th Annual Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award
Thoroughly researched and elegantly written, the book traces the role of Stephen Crane as a crucial transitional figure whose work in the 1890s and subsequent influence helped to shape the development of both fiction and nonfiction writing in America... A masterful study of one of the founders of what is now widely known as literary journalism, as well as an original construction of an important historical turning point in American letters.
A ground-breaking, overdue, and important contribution.
Robertson's excellent book on Stephen Crane's journalism is one of the best critical studies of this author to appear in recent decades.
— David Abrahamson
Going beyond biography and literary criticism, Robertson's excellent critical study... places [Crane's nonfiction] in the context of turnf-of-the-century American culture... An important work that traces how journalism and literature interact in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century.
— James B. Colvert
— Patrick K. Dooley
|1||Journalism as Threat: William Dean Howells and Henry James||11|
|2||The Launching of Stephen Crane: Early Journalism||55|
|3||Reporting the City: New York Journalism||75|
|4||The Shape of a Cloak and a Point of View: Travel Journalism||115|
|5||After the Red Badge: War Journalism||137|
|6||Journalism and the Making of Modern American Literature: Theodore Dreiser and Ernest Hemingway||177|