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Stephen Crane, Journalism, and the Making of Modern American Literature
     

Stephen Crane, Journalism, and the Making of Modern American Literature

by Michael Robertson
 

ISBN-10: 0231109687

ISBN-13: 9780231109680

Pub. Date: 11/01/1997

Publisher: Columbia University Press

AWARDED: Winner of the 54th Annual Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award

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,

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AWARDED: Winner of the 54th Annual Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231109680
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS VII
Introduction 1(10)
1. Journalism as Threat: WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS AND HENRY JAMES
11(44)
2. The Launching of Stephen Crane: EARLY JOURNALISM
55(20)
3. Reporting the City: NEW YORK JOURNALISM
75(40)
4. The Shape of a Cloak and a Point of View: TRAVEL JOURNALISM
115(22)
5. After The Red Badge: WAR JOURNALISM
137(40)
6. Journalism and the Making of Modern American Literature: THEODORE DREISER AND ERNEST HEMINGWAY
177(34)
NOTES 211(30)
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE 241(2)
INDEX 243

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