Though literary journalism is a particular type of "new" journalism, its techniques have been used by writers for centuries. Some early practitioners include Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, and Daniel Defoe. Literary journalists use dramatic literary techniques to enliven nonfiction accounts of historical events. Thus literary journalism typically combines solid reporting with extensive descriptive detail, realistic dialogue, a subjective point of view, and other characteristics of fiction writing. Contemporary authors continue to employ literary journalism in their works, which range from newspaper columns to historical novels. This reference is a valuable guide to the development and practice of literary journalism. The volume begins with an introductory essay that places literary journalism within the larger context of new journalism and explains the origins of literary journalism as a form of writing. The bulk of the reference provides alphabetically arranged biographical entries for more than 150 writers and editors involved with literary journalism. Included are profiles of early figures such as Charles Dickens and Mark Twain, along with modern writers such as Truman Capote, George Plimpton, and Mike Royko. Entries survey and assess the careers of the writers and editors, provide bibliographical information, and often include quotations exemplifying the critical response to the person's work. The volume closes with a selected bibliography.