9780345382221

Literary Journalism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780345382221

  • ISBN10:

    0345382226

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 5/23/1995
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

The Art of Literary Journalism
3(21)
Norman Sims
Breakable Rules for Literary Journalists
21(14)
Mark Kramer
The Rivermen
35(40)
Joseph Mitchell
First Family of Astoria
75(22)
Calvin Trillin
The American Man at Age Ten
97(14)
Susan Orlean
The Mountains of Pi
111(42)
Richard Preston
A Family Portrait in Black & White
153(24)
Walt Harrington
Mr. Bellow's Planet
177(18)
Brent Staples
Strawberries Under Ice
195(14)
David Quammen
Trina and Trina
209(24)
Adrian Nicole Leblanc
The Ga-Ga Years
233(26)
Joseph Nocera
Predilections
259(42)
Mark Singer
The Road Is Very Unfair: Trucking Across Africa in the Age of AIDS
301(42)
Ted Conover
Access
343(26)
Mark Kramer
Memory
369(16)
Tracy Kidder
Fernande Pelletier
385(22)
Jane Kramer
Atchafalaya
407
John Mcphee

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