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The gang that wouldn't write straight : Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism revolution

Author: Marc Weingarten
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Starting in 1965 and spanning a ten-year period, a group of writers including Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Gay Talese, Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion, John Sack, and Michael Herr emerged and joined a few of their pioneering elders, including Truman Capote and Norman Mailer, to remake American letters. The chroniclers of an age of frenzied cultural change were blessed with the insight that traditional tools of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Weingarten, Marc.
Gang that wouldn't write straight.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©2006
(OCoLC)607204081
Named Person: Norman Mailer; Joan Didion; Tom Wolfe; Joan Didion; Norman Mailer; Tom Wolfe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Weingarten
ISBN: 1400049148 9781400049141
OCLC Number: 60558916
Description: 325 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Radical lit : some roots of a revolution --
The great American magazine --
King James and the man in the ice cream suit --
Tom Wolfe on acid --
The center cannot hold --
Madras outlaw --
Into the abyss --
Hell sucks --
History as a novel, the novel as history --
The king of New York --
Savage journeys --
Fun with Dick and George --
Vulgarian at the gate --
After the ball.
Responsibility: Marc Weingarten.
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Starting in 1965 and spanning a ten-year period, a group of writers including Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Gay Talese, Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion, John Sack, and Michael Herr emerged and joined a few of their pioneering elders, including Truman Capote and Norman Mailer, to remake American letters. The chroniclers of an age of frenzied cultural change were blessed with the insight that traditional tools of reporting would prove inadequate to tell the story of a nation manically hopscotching from hope to doom and back again--from war to rock, assassination to drugs, hippies to Yippies, Kennedy to the dark lord Nixon. Traditional just-the-facts reporting simply couldn't provide a neat and symmetrical order to this chaos. Weingarten has interviewed many of the major players to provide an account of the most revolutionary literary outpouring of the postwar era, set against the backdrop of some of the most turbulent--and significant--years in contemporary American life.--From publisher description.

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