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Gin Before Breakfast: The Dilemma of the Poet in the Newsroom

Nelson, W. Dale

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ISBN 10: 0815608888 / ISBN 13: 9780815608882
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Title: Gin Before Breakfast: The Dilemma of the ...

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: HRD

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This edifying volume presents mini-biographies of key British and American poets who at one time or another worked as journalists. Poets covered range from the famous to the obscure: Whittier to Whitman, Kipling to Bryant, Coleridge to Crane. Writing in a direct, straightforward style W. Dale Nelson tells each writer's story, often relating how the poet in question felt about the journalistic experience and its impact upon creative work. Archbold MacLeish wrote "young poets are advised by their elders to avoid the practice of journalism as they would set socks and gin before breakfast." On the other hand, Leonard Woolf suggests that Hemingway's strong spare prose often "bears the mark of good journalism."

The author raises provocative issues about developments in poetic form, effects of printing and communication on poetry, and the relationship of poetry and cities. He also looks at how poetic diction has been influenced by the language of reportage and the basic difference in the purport of journalism versus that of poetry. The book contains twelve illustrations and photos.

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W. Dale Nelson spent forty years as a reporter with the Associated Press. His poetry has appeared in periodicals in the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia. He has received awards from Poetry Northwest, Plainsongs, and Visions. His books include Who Speaks for the President: The White House Press Secretary from Cleveland to Clinton, also published by Syracuse University Press.

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