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Norman Sims The Art Of Literary Journalism Essays

THE PASSIONS OF THE JOURNALIST MEET THE CRAFT OF THE NOVELIST
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 NTHE PASSIONS OF THE JOURNALIST MEET THE CRAFT OF THE NOVELIST
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....more

Paperback, 480 pages

Published May 23rd 1995 by Ballantine Books

“The Literary Journalists,” by Norman Sims, introduction to The Literary Journalists, 1984
This introduction was based on interviews with several literary journalists. They discussed their approach to literary journalism, which collectively almost forms a definition.

Canoes: A Natural History in North America, by Mark Neuzil  and Norman Sims. Foreword by John McPhee.
(University of Minnesota Press, 2016)
This is the story of the canoe, that singular American artifact so little changed over time. Featured here are canoes old and new, from birch bark to dugout to carbon fiber; the people who made them; and the adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America. Click for more information, including the table of contents. Click to read a review from the Minneapolis Star Tribune

True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism, by Norman Sims
with a forward by Ted Conover
(Northwestern University Press, 2008)
This book traces more than a century of literary journalism history, primarily in the United States, examining the cultural connections, competing journalistic schools of thought, and innovative writers that have given literary journalism its power. Included are original works by Michael Paterniti, John Dos Passos, Edmund Wilson, Joseph Mitchell, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc that serve as examples, along with a personal foreword by Ted Conover.

 

Literary Journalism in the Twentieth Century, edited by Norman Sims
(Northwestern University Press, 2008)
This wide-ranging collection of critical essays on literary journalism by several scholars addresses the shifting border between fiction and nonfiction, literature and journalism. Literary Journalism in the Twentieth Century addresses general and historical issues, explores questions of authorial intent and the status of the territory between literature and journalism, and offers a case study of Mary McCarthy’s 1953 piece, “Artists in Uniform,” a classic of literary journalism. Contributors include Tom Connery, Ron Weber, William Howarth, John Pauly, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Hugh Kenner, David Eason, and Kathy Smith. John Hartsock wrote the foreword.

 

Literary Journalism, edited by Norman Sims and Mark Kramer
(Ballantine, 1995)
This anthology, co-edited with Mark Kramer, offers some of the best and most original prose recently written by literary journalists. Contributors include John McPhee, Susan Orlean, Tracy Kidder, Ted Conover, Richard Preston, Joseph Mitchell and nine more.

 

The Literary Journalists, edited by Norman Sims
(Ballantine, 1984)
Literary journalists are marvelous observers whose meticulous attention to detail is wedded to the tools and techniques of storytelling. Like reporters, they are fact gatherers whose material is the real world. They are consummate storytellers who endow their stories with a narrative structure and a distinctive voice. In my introduction, interviews with literary journalists conducted especially for this book show how they work and how they perceive their work. The collection includes work by John McPhee, Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe, Richard Rhodes, Jane Kramer, Mark Kramer, Sara Davidson, Richard West, Mark Singer, Barry Newman, Ron Rosenbaum, and Bill Barich.

 

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