Literary Journalism: A New Collection of the Best American Nonfiction

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Norman Sims, Mark William Kramer
Ballantine Books, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 467 pages
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THE PASSIONS OF THE JOURNALIST MEET THE CRAFT OF THE NOVELIST
Some of the best and most original prose in America today is being written by literary journalists. Memoirs and personal essays, profiles, science and nature reportage, travel writing--literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful styles and fresh approaches. In Literary Journalism, editors Norman Sims and Mark Kramer have collected the finest examples of literary journalism from both the masters of the genre who have been working for decades and the new voices freshly arrived on the national scene.
The fifteen essays gathered here include:
-- John McPhee's account of the battle between army engineers and the lower Mississippi River
-- Susan Orlean's brilliant portrait of the private, imaginative world of a ten-year-old boy
-- Tracy Kidder's moving description of life in a nursing home
-- Ted Conover's wild journey in an African truck convoy, while investigating the spread of AIDS
-- Richard Preston's bright piece about two shy Russian mathematicians who live in Manhattan and search for order in a random universe
-- Joseph Mitchell's classic essay on the rivermen of Edgewater, New Jersey
-- And nine more fascinating pieces of the nation's best new writing
In the last decade this unique form of writing has grown exuberantly--and now, in Literary Journalism, we celebrate fifteen of our most dazzling writers as they work with great vitality and astonishing variety.

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User Review  - Christopher Bolster - Goodreads

I bought this book because I wanted to understand what journalists call narrative non-fiction or literary journalism. If you're looking for a book that's going to break narrative non-fiction down and ... Read full review

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For a nonfiction writing class. It is just OK. Read full review

Contents

NORMAN SIMS
3
TED CONOVER
4
Breakable Rules for Literary Journalists
21
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About the author (1995)

Mark Kramer is director and writer-in-residence of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University.
Wendy Call is a freelance writer and editor based in Seattle. She has been a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs in southern Mexico and a Scholar in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

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