Truth in Nonfiction Essays

ISBN-10: 1587296543
ISBN-13: 9781587296543
Edition: 2008
Authors: David Lazar
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Description: Even before the controversy that surrounded the publication ofA Million Little Pieces, the question of truth has been at the heart of memoir. From Elie Wiesel to Benjamin Wilkomirski to David Sedaris, the veracity of writersrsquo; claims have been  More...

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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Even before the controversy that surrounded the publication ofA Million Little Pieces, the question of truth has been at the heart of memoir. From Elie Wiesel to Benjamin Wilkomirski to David Sedaris, the veracity of writersrsquo; claims have been suspect. In this fascinating and timely collection of essays, leading writers meditate on the subject of truth in literary nonfiction. As David Lazar writes in his introduction, ldquo;How do we verify? Do we care to? (Do we dare to eat the apple of knowledge and say itrsquo;s true? Or is it a peach?) Do we choose to? Is it a subcategory of faith? How do you respond when someone says, lsquo;This is really truersquo;? Why do they choose to say it then?rdquo; The past and the truth are slippery things, and the art of nonfiction writing requires the writer to shape as well as explore. In personal essays, meditations on the nature of memory, considerations of the genres of memoir, prose poetry, essay, fiction, and film, the contributors to this provocative collection attempt to find answers to the question of what truth in nonfiction means. Contributors: John Drsquo;Agata, Mark Doty, Su Friedrich, Joanna Frueh, Ray Gonzaacute;lez, Vivian Gornick, Barbara Hammer, Kathryn Harrison, Marianne Hirsch, Wayne Koestenbaum, Leonard Kriegel, David Lazar, Alphonso Lingis, Paul Lisicky, Nancy Mairs, Nancy K. Miller, Judith Oritz Cofer, Phyllis Rose, Oliver Sacks, David Shields, and Leo Spitzer

An Introduction to Truth
A Weedy Garden
Truth in Personal Narrative
Bride in Beige
The Forest of Memory
La Verdad? Notes on the Writing of Silent Dancing, a Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood (a Memoir in Prose and Poetry)
Whose Truth?
The Ethics of Betrayal: Diary of a Conundrum
Gowers' Memory
Mer-Mer: An Essay about How I Wish We Wrote Our Nonfictions
Reality Persona
Trying Truth
The Observer Observing: Some Notes on the Personal Essay
Occasional Desire: On the Essay and the Memoir
The Rape of Rusty
The Bed of the Fairy Princess
The Kazakh Eagle
The True Frame of the Prose Poem
Tender Fictions
Seeing (through) Red
What's Wrong with This Picture?
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