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The undeclared war between journalism and fiction : journalists as genre benders in literary history / Doug Underwood.

Author/Creator:
Underwood, Doug.
Publication:
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Format/Description:
Book
250 pages ; 23 cm
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Subjects:
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Journalism and literature -- United States.
Reportage literature, American -- History and criticism.
Press and journalism in literature.
Summary:
"When Tom Wolfe declared that 'new' journalism had surpassed the novel as the most vital form of literature, he set off a rivalry that Norman Mailer, the novelist and 'new' journalist, labeled an 'undeclared war' between journalism and fiction. Many of the important twentieth century journalist-literary figures in the United States and the United Kingdom rejected so-called non-fictional methods as their favored way to convey social truths. Despite their own careers in jorunalism, they came to believe that the writing formulas that grew out of industrialized journalism could be an impediment to expressing an authentic view of the world. In this volume, Doug Underwood asks whether much of what is now called literary journalism is, in fact, 'literary,' and whether it should rank with the great novels by such journalists-turned-novelists such as Mark Twain, Willa Cather, and Ernest Hemingway, who believed - as Mailer did - that fiction provided a more expansive way for the realistic writer to express the important 'truths' of life." -- Publisher website.
Contents:
Introduction
Journalists challenging the boundaries of journalism and fiction
Artful falsehoods and the constraints of the journalist's life
Hemingway as seeker of the "real thing" and the epistemology of art
The funhouse mirror: journalists portraying journalists in their fiction
Epilogue.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781137353474 (alk. paper)
1137353473 (alk. paper)
OCLC:
842208754