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Literary Journalism: A New Collection of the Best American Nonfiction written by Mark Kramer

 

Literary Journalism: A New Collection of the Best American Nonfiction written by Mark Kramer

Overview:

Some of the best and most original prose in America today is being written by literary journalists. Memoirs and personal essays, profiles, science and nature reportage, travel writing literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful styles and fresh approaches. In Literary Journalism, editors Norman Sims and Mark Kramer have collected the finest examples of literary journalism from both the masters of the genre who have been working for decades and the new voices freshly arrived on the national scene.

The fifteen essays gathered here include:
John McPhee's account of the battle between army engineers and the lower Mississippi River
Susan Orlean's brilliant portrait of the private, imaginative world of a ten-year-old boy
Tracy Kidder's moving description of life in a nursing home
Ted Conover's wild journey in an African truck convoy while investigating the spread of AIDS
Richard Preston's bright piece about two shy Russian mathematicians who live in Manhattan and search for order in a random universe
Joseph Mitchell's classic essay on the rivermen of Edgewater, New Jersey
And nine more fascinating pieces of the nation's best new writing

In the last decade this unique form of writing has grown exuberantly and now, in Literary Journalism, we celebrate fifteen of our most dazzling writers as they work with great vitality and astonishing variety.

Profiles, memoirs and personal essays, science and nature reportage, travel writing--literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful style and fresh approaches. A worthy successor to its esteemed predecessor--a standard in many college courses--Literary Journalism collects more of the finest examples from many masters of the genre.

Synopsis:

Some of the best and most original prose in America today is being written by literary journalists. Memoirs and personal essays, profiles, science and nature reportage, travel writing — literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful styles and fresh approaches. In Literary Journalism, editors Norman Sims and Mark Kramer have collected the finest examples of literary journalism from both the masters of the genre who have been working for decades and the new voices freshly arrived on the national scene.

The fifteen essays gathered here include:
— John McPhee's account of the battle between army engineers and the lower Mississippi River
— Susan Orlean's brilliant portrait of the private, imaginative world of a ten-year-old boy
— Tracy Kidder's moving description of life in a nursing home
— Ted Conover's wild journey in an African truck convoy while investigating the spread of AIDS
— Richard Preston's bright piece about two shy Russian mathematicians who live in Manhattan and search for order in a random universe
— Joseph Mitchell's classic essay on the rivermen of Edgewater, New Jersey
— And nine more fascinating pieces of the nation's best new writing

In the last decade this unique form of writing has grown exuberantly — and now, in Literary Journalism, we celebrate fifteen of our most dazzling writers as they work with great vitality and astonishing variety.

Booknews

**** The third edition (1990) is cited in ARBA 1992. Completely revised and updated since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the directory now provides current information about services and programs at some 1,500 colleges and universities in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Canada. Institutions are listed alphabetically by country and then by state or province. Each entry provides a profile of the institution, the campus and facilities, and the services provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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