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Published: 14 April 1988

288 Pages | photos

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195206388

Bookseller Code (06)


From Fact to Fiction

Journalism & Imaginative Writing in America

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

This volume offers the first full-length study to examine the tradition in American letters since the 1830s of great imaginative writers beginning their careers in journalism. Fishkin focuses on the lives and careers of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos, in order to discover the roots of their greatest imaginative works and the factors that led each writer to turn to fiction. Her probing examination of the poetry and fiction that followed the newspaper and magazine work of these writers reveals how each transformed fact into art and how journalism has helped to give a distinctively American cast to American literature.

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