The Journalistic Imagination: Literary Journalists from Defoe to Capote and Carter

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Taylor & Francis, Sep 14, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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Focusing on the neglected journalism of writers more famous for their novels or plays, this new book explores the specific functions of journalism within the public sphere, and celebrate the literary qualities of journalism as a genre.

Key features include:

  • an international focus taking in writers from the UK, the USA and France
  • essays featuring a range of extremely popular writers (such as Dickens, Orwell, Angela Carter, Truman Capote) and approaches them from distinctly original angles.

Each chapter begins with a concise biography to help contextualise the the journalist in question and includes references and suggested further reading for students.  Any student or teacher of journalism or media studies will want to add this book to their reading list.

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About the author (2007)

Richard Keeble is Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln. His publications include The Newspapers Handbook (Fourth Edition, 2005), Ethics for Journalists (2001) and Secret State, Silent Press (1997). He is also joint editor of the academic quarterly, Ethical Space.

Sharon Wheeler is Field Chair in Print Journalism, PR and Publishing at the University of Gloucestershire. She is completing Feature Writing for Journalists (2007) and has contributed to Print Journalism (2005). Sharon is editor of and is part of the blogging team at


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