Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality / Edition 1

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This informal book traces the evolution of literary nonfiction and reveals how Gay Talese writes in the genre. In addition, articles by such masters as John McPhee, Tom Wolfe, and Annie Dillard illustrate various writing techniques.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060465872
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/7/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 6.25 (h) x 9.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Gay Talese
Gay Talese
Gay Talese is a journalist and international best-selling author whose works include The Bridge (Walker & Company 2003), The Kingdom and the Power, Honor Thy Father, Thy Neighbors Wife, and Unto the Sons. Currently at work on the follow-up to Unto the Sons, he lives in New York City and Ocean City, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

Origins of a Nonfiction Writer, Gay Talese.

Anthology Introduction, Barbara Lounsberry.


The Rats on the Waterfront, Joseph Mitchell.

From Oranges, John McPhee.

From House, Tracy Kidder.

From The Bridge, Gay Talese.


From Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally.

From Hiroshima, John Hersey.

From In Cold Blood, Truman Capote.

From The Executioner's Song, Norman Mailer.

The Loser, Gay Talese.

Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream, Joan Didion.

From Blood and Money, Thomas Thompson.

Las Vegas (What?). Las Vegas (Can't Hear You! Too Noisy). Las Vegas!!!! Tom Wolfe.

University Days, James Thurber.

No Starch in the Dhoti, Sil Vous Plait, S. J. Perelman.

Two Bums Here Would Spend Freely Except for Poverty, John McNulty.


From The Crime of the Century, Jack Finney.

From Maus II, A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, Art Spiegelman.

Some Fun with the F.B.I., St. Clair McKelway.

Twirling at Ole Miss, Terry Southern.

From Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene.

From Friendly Fire, C.D.B. Bryan.

From Dispatches, Michael Herr.

From The Curse of Lono, Hunter S. Thompson.

From Stop-Time, Frank Conroy.

From This Boy's Life, Tobias Wolff.

From Unto the Sons, Gay Talese.

The Lives of the Cell,Lewis Thomas.

From PrairyErth, William Least Heat-Moon.

An Expedition to the Pole, Annie Dillard.


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