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Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example examines the principles and techniques of the genre by taking a close, analytical look at outstanding contemporary essays by fifteen highly accomplished writers. Featuring examples of memoir, profile, literary journalism, medical reporting, and travel writing, it includes selections by Madeleine Blais, Tim Cahill, James Conaway, Joan Didion, David Finkel, Jon Franklin, Tom Hallman, Jr., Walt Harrington, Tracy Kidder, Jane Kramer, John McPhee, Michael Paterniti, Mike Sager, Susan Sheehan, and Tom Wolfe. Each selection is carefully annotated to show students what makes it a good piece of writing and what technical and stylistic devices the author uses for effect. In addition to extensive analyses by editor Patsy Sims, the writers comment on their own work, emphasizing how important the skill of careful, critical reading is to learning how to write well. Each essay is preceded by an introduction that presents a specific aspect of the literary nonfiction writing craft, the writer's biographical information, and an explanation of how the selection was put together. Ideal for courses in creative writing and literary journalism, Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example is also a helpful guide for all aspiring creative nonfiction writers.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Learning by Example

Madeleine Blais

A Room of Her Own

Tim Cahill

Taquile's True Colors

James Conaway

Absences

Joan Didion

Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream

David Finkel

A Road That Never Ends

Jon Franklin

Mrs. Kelly's Monster

Tom Hallman Jr.

A Life Lost...and Found

Walt Harrington

True Detective

Tracy Kidder

September

Jane Kramer

Armande

John McPhee

Travels in Georgia

Michael Paterniti

Driving Mr. Albert

Mike Sager

Old

Susan Sheehan

Ain't No Middle Class

Tom Wolfe

Yeager

Acknowledgments

About the Editor

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195138443
Author:
Sims, Patsy
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Patsy
Location:
New York
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
College readers
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Literature/English | Writing | Creative Writing
Subject:
Report writing
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Reference-Rhetoric
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
5.9 x 8.9 x 0.6 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » General
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History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Reference » Rhetoric
Reference » Writing » General
Reference » Writing » Nonfiction

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