A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Narrative Form

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Aiming to provide a history of and contextualize a literary form he calls literary journalism, Hartsock (communication studies, SUNY Cortland) provides evidence of the emergence of a "modern" American literary journalism; discusses reasons for the form's emergence and epistemological consequences; describes antecedents to the form; analyzes how to distinguish it from other nonfiction forms; offers post-fin de siFcle evidence of the form up to the 1960s; and offers reasons for its critical marginalization. Intended for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and journalists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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John C. Hartsock teaches communication studies at SUNY, Cortland.

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"A substantial, well-written, and well-argued book that is likely to become a standard work in literary journalism."―Norman Sims, editor of Literary Journalism in the Twentieth Century
"According to Hartsock (communication studies, SUNY at Cortland), scholars have not given enough attention to the genre of literary journalism, and the purpose of this book is to fill that gap. Refuting the popular belief that Truman Capote's In Cold Blood was the first example of literary nonfiction, Hartsock argues that this form of writing first appeared in the 19th century, when writers like Stephen Crane and Lafcadio Hearn began to change the way journalists reported the truth by bringing the reader and the subject closer together when writing about slavery, travel, crime, and biography. Hartsock quotes many examples and establishes an important argument that will be distinguished for its breadth and exacting scholarship. Since this book is aimed at scholars, graduate students, and other serious writers, it will prove most useful in academic libraries."―Library Journal

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