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The literature of journalism : text and context

Author: R Thomas Berner
Publisher: State College, Pa. : Strata Pub., ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Various experts have attempted to describe the basis of the literature of journalism, but Berner's book goes these books a huge step better: It captures its evolving spirit. The examples, drawn from both the classic and the obscure, trace how journalism's best writing in the present grows from its best, and most heroic, efforts in the past. The accompanying analysis by the author, invariable incisive and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Thomas Berner
ISBN: 1891136003 9781891136009
OCLC Number: 38993034
Notes: Anthology of excerpts from eighteen works with critical commentary by the editor.
Description: xv, 265 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The road to Wigan Pier / George Orwell --
Let us now praise famous men / James Agee --
Hiroshima / John Hersey --
Reporting / Lillian Ross --
The story of a shipwrecked sailor / Gabriel García Márquez --
The earl of Louisiana / A.J. Liebling --
The autobiography of Malcolm X / Alex Haley --
A mother in history / Jean Stafford --
In cold blood / Truman Capote --
Hell's Angels / Hunter Thompson --
Slouching towards Bethlehem / Joan Didion --
The onion field / Joseph Wambaugh --
A welfare mother / Susan Sheehan --
Friendly fire / C.D.B. Bryan --
Dispatches / Michael Herr --
The right stuff / Tom Wolfe --
The soul of a new machine / Tracy Kidder --
The great China earthquake / Qian Gang.
Responsibility: [edited by] R. Thomas Berner.

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"Various experts have attempted to describe the basis of the literature of journalism, but Berner's book goes these books a huge step better: It captures its evolving spirit. The examples, drawn from both the classic and the obscure, trace how journalism's best writing in the present grows from its best, and most heroic, efforts in the past. The accompanying analysis by the author, invariable incisive and intelligent, highlights the meaning of what's being read. This makes for a lively, provocative and (most important) immensely readable collection, both for the classroom and for the bedside stand. It will surely confirm Berner's place as one of our leading scholars on the literature of journalism."--Jon Franklin.

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