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Literary Nonfiction

Learning by Example

Edited by Patsy Sims

Publication Date - 27 September 2001

ISBN: 9780195138443

320 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


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

    Learning by Example
    Madeleine Blais
    A Room of Her Own
    Tim Cahill
    Taquile's True Colors
    James Conaway
    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
    Jane Kramer
    John McPhee
    Travels in Georgia
    Michael Paterniti
    Driving Mr. Albert
    Mike Sager
    Susan Sheehan
    Ain't No Middle Class
    Tom Wolfe
    About the Editor