The Art of Fact: Contemporary Artists of Nonfiction

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The Art of Fact: Contemporary Artists of Nonfiction

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The artistry of nonfiction is the great unexplored territory of contemporary criticism. Although the American book clubs now emphasize nonfiction and The New York Times Book Review publishes almost three times as many reviews of nonfiction as fiction, critical appreciation of this work has lagged behind. The Art of Fact is the first comprehensive examination of five of today's most popular and important nonfiction artists: Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, Joan Didion, and Norman Mailer. By discussing contemporary literary nonfiction in relation to the early prose narrative forms and to the news/novels of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the opening chapter defines the discourse known as literary or artistic nonfiction. Dr. Lounsberry then describes four characteristics of literary nonfiction and grounds these characteristics in contemporary works.

Keywords

Talese, Gay, Mailer, Norman, Didion, Joan

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9780313268939

Publication Date

1990

Publisher

Greenwood Press

City

New York

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

Object Description

xviii, 210 pages ; 24 cm.

Language

EN

The Art of Fact: Contemporary Artists of Nonfiction

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