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Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

The Art of Truth

Edited by Bill Roorbach

Publication Date - January 2001

ISBN: 9780195135565

576 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $72.95

Description

The most inclusive collection of creative nonfiction available, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth is the only anthology that brings together examples of all three of the main forms in the genre: the literary memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism. Featuring a generous and diverse sampling of more than sixty works, this collection includes beautiful, disturbing, and instructive works of literary memoir by such writers as Mary McCarthy, Annie Dillard, and Judy Ruiz; smart, funny, and moving personal essays by authors ranging from E.B. White to Phillip Lopate to Ntozake Shange; and incisive, vivid, and quirky examples of literary journalism by Truman Capote, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sebastian Junger, and many others. This unique volume also contains examples of captivating nature writing, exciting literary travel writing, brilliant essays in science, surprising creative cultural criticism, and moving literary diaries and journals, incorporating several classic selections to set a context for the contemporary work. The editor's general introduction and introductions to each of the five sections provide useful definitions, crucial history, critical context, and abundant issues to debate. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in creative nonfiction, literary journalism, essay writing, and all levels of composition, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth is also an essential resource for all nonfiction writers, from novices to professionals.

Table of Contents

    Credits
    Introduction
    SECTION 1. LITERARY DIARIES AND JOURNALS
    John Cheever
    from The Journals
    May Sarton
    from Journal of a Solitude
    Gerald Early
    "Digressions"
    M.F.K. Fisher
    "Paris Journal"
    George Dennison
    from Temple
    Gretel Ehrlich
    "From the Journals"
    Edward Robb Ellis
    from Diary of a Century
    SECTION 2. LITERARY MEMOIR
    James Thurber
    "Snapshot of a Dog"
    Mary McCarthy
    "Yonder Peasant, Who Is He?" from Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
    Annie Dillard
    from An American Childhood
    Maxine Hong Kingston
    "No Name Woman," from The Woman Warrior
    Hilton Als
    "Notes on My Mother"
    Andre Dubus III
    "Tracks and Ties"
    Kathryn Harrison
    from The Kiss
    Dorothy Allison
    from Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
    Andre Dubus
    "Lights of the Long Night" and "Husbands," from Broken Vessels
    Fenton Johnson
    from Geography of the Heart
    Mary Karr
    from The Liar's Club
    Judy Ruiz
    "Oranges and Sweet Sister Boy"
    Spalding Gray
    "Sex and Death to the Age 14"
    Tobias Wolff
    "A Federal Offense," from In Pharaoh's Army
    Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb
    "The Harvey Pekar Name Story"
    SECTION 3. THE PERSONAL ESSAY
    E.B. White
    "Once More to the Lake"
    James Baldwin
    "Equal in Paris," from Notes of a Native Son
    Ralph Ellison
    "On Being the Target of Discrimination"
    Shirley Abbott
    "That Old-Time Religion," from Womenfolks
    Hayden Carruth
    "Country Matters"
    Philip Lopate
    "The Dead Father: A Rememberance of Donald Barthelme"
    Vivian Gornick
    "At the University: Little Murders of the Soul"
    Jamaica Kincaid
    "A Small Place"
    Nancy Mairs
    "Body in Trouble," from Waist-High in the World
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    "Current Events," from Colored People
    Thomas Lynch
    "The Undertaking"
    Jane Shapiro
    "This is What You Need for a Happy Life"
    Joy Williams
    "Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp"
    Ntozake Shange
    "What Is It We Really Harvestin' Here?"
    Stanton Michaels
    "How to Write a Personal Essay"
    SECTION 4. LITERARY JOURNALISM
    John Hersey
    "The Fire," from Hiroshima
    Truman Capote
    from In Cold Blood
    Michael Herr
    "Illumination Rounds," from Dispatches
    Norman Mailer
    "The Turkey Shoot," from The Executioner's Song
    Mikal Gilmore
    "Last Words," from Shot in the Heart
    Joyce Johnson
    "November 1987," from What Lisa Knew
    Barbara Ehrenreich
    "Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America"
    Ann Hodgman
    "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"
    Joan Didion
    from Salvador
    Tom Wolfe
    "Yeager," from The Right Stuff
    Jon Krakauer
    "Summit, 1:25p.m., May 10, 1996, 29,028 Feet" from Into Thin Air
    Sebastian Junger
    "The Zero-Moment Point," from The Perfect Storm
    SECTION 5. THE ART OF THE PARTICULAR: CREATIVE NONFICTION CLASSIFIED BY SUBJECT
    NATURE WRITING
    Edward Abbey
    Memoir: "Havasu," from Desert Solitaire
    Sue Hubbell
    Personal Essay: "Spring," from A Country Year
    John McPhee
    Literary Journalism: from Annals of the Former World
    LITERARY TRAVEL
    Gretel Ehrlich
    Memoir: "Lijiang," from Questions of Heaven
    Naomi Shihab Nye
    Personal Essay: "One Village"
    Eddy L. Harris
    Literary Journalism: from Mississippi Solo
    THE SCIENCE ESSAY
    Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
    Memoir: from The Hidden Life of Dogs
    Lewis Thomas
    Personal Essay: "The Medusa and the Snail"
    Atul Gawande
    Literary Journalism: "When Doctors Make Mistakes"
    CREATIVE CULTURAL CRITICISM
    Meghan Daum
    Memoir: Music Is My Bag: Confessions of a Lapsed Oboist"
    Janet Malcolm
    Personal Essay: from The Silent Woman
    David Foster Wallace
    Literary Journalism: "Shipping Out: On the (Nearly Lethal) Comforts of a Luxury Cruise