Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example

Paperback | October 15, 2001

EditorPatsy Sims

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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 travelwriting, 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 toshow 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 howto 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, LiteraryNonfiction: Learning by Example is also a helpful guide for all aspiring creative nonfiction writers.

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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 travelwriting, it includes selections by Madeleine ...

Patsy Simms is at University of Pittsburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.91 × 8.9 × 0.59 inPublished:October 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionLearning by ExampleMadeleine BlaisA Room of Her OwnTim CahillTaquile's True ColorsJames ConawayAbsencesJoan DidionSome Dreamers of the Golden DreamDavid FinkelA Road That Never EndsJon FranklinMrs. Kelly's MonsterTom Hallman Jr.A Life Lost...and FoundWalt HarringtonTrue DetectiveTracy KidderSeptemberJane KramerArmandeJohn McPheeTravels in GeorgiaMichael PaternitiDriving Mr. AlbertMike SagerOldSusan SheehanAin't No Middle ClassTom WolfeYeagerAcknowledgments: About the Editor: