Literary Nonfiction The Fourth Genre

ISBN-10: 0130991805

ISBN-13: 9780130991805

Edition: 2003

Authors: Stephen Minot

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This book is an introduction to creative, or literary, nonfiction and to the art of writing fresh and original work. Presenting clear guidelines and fresh approaches to creativity, this well-written book explores the six basic approaches to non-fiction writing, differentiates between what is creative and what is utilitarian, and describes honest as opposed to deceitful work. Using short example essays to illustrate the key approaches of personal experience, biographical sketch, opinion, reflection, place, and historical incident, this book stresses the importance of learning to write by reading. Useful for individuals who wish to examine nonfiction essays critically, with the intention of writing themselves. Also, those who keep literary journals will benefit from this book.
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Book details

List price: $83.20
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 10/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

About Stephen Minot nbsp; Stephen Minot, Professor Emeritus of the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, has taught creative writing for over thirty years.nbsp; Over the span of his very successful career, Professor Minot authored three novels, two collections of short stories, and three textbooks includingReading FictionandLiterary Nonfiction, The Fourth Genre.nbsp; His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and literary quarterlies includingTheAtlantic, Harpers, The Kenyon Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review,and theSewanee Review, just to name a few.nbsp; Professor Minotrsquo;s work has also appeared in theO. Henry Prize Storiescollection andThe Best American Short Stories.nbsp; He is also the recipient of the Atlantic First Award, the Saxton Memorial Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for writing.nbsp; Professor Minot and Virginia, his wife, split their time between California and Maine.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;About Diane Thiel nbsp; Diane Thiel is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy, includingEcholocations,Resistance Fantasies,nbsp;Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction, Cross Roads: Creative Writing in Four Genres,andOpen Roads: Exercises in Writing Poetry.nbsp;Thielrsquo;s translation of Alexis Stamatisrsquo;s novel,American Fugue, received an NEA Award.nbsp; Her work appears in many journals, is re-printed in over fifty anthologies, and has been translated widely.nbsp; She has received numerous awards, such as the PEN Translation, Robert Frost, and Robinson Jeffers Awards, and was a Fulbright Scholar.nbsp; Thiel has taught creative writing for twenty years and is a Professor at the University of New Mexico. nbsp;

Aspects of The Genre
Literary Nonfiction: What Makes It Distinctive?
Six Basic Forms of Literary Nonfiction: An Overview
Plunging In: Getting Started
Theme: What's Your Point?
Creating Structure
Literary Concerns: Style, Tone, Suggestion
Ethical Questions: How Much Is Real?
Active Reading: How to Learn from Others
Analysis: Case Studies
Personal Experience: Focus on Characterization
Snakebit, Connie Wienecke
Personal Experience Continued: Focus on Theme
Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Christopher Clausen
For discussion: Catholics, Gary Soto
Biographical Sketches: Light and Serious
The Hip Plumber
My Father's Body
Biographical Sketch for Discussion
The Day After That
Opinions: Direct and Indirect
The Coldness of E-Mail
For discussion: Strong Stories
Reflections: Discursive Writing with a Purpose
Stone's Throw
For discussion: Total Laryngitis
A Sense of Place
On Leaving Florida
For discussion: The Rise and Fall of Rodney
A Glimpse of History
Captain Hind the Highwayman
For discussion: The Key
Submitting Material
Further Reading
Notes on Contributors
Glossary/Index
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