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The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997)

by Kevin Kerrane (Editor), Ben Yagoda (Editor)

Other authors: James Agee (Contributor), Svetlana Alexiyevich (Contributor), Walter Bernstein (Contributor), Boswell. James (Contributor), Jimmy Breslin (Contributor)52 more, Bill Buford (Contributor), Abraham Cahan (Contributor), Jimmy Cannon (Contributor), Truman Capote (Contributor), Ted Conover (Contributor), Marvel Cooke (Contributor), Dennis Covington (Contributor), Richard Ben Cramer (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), Richard Harding Davis (Contributor), Daniel Defoe (Contributor), Charles Dickens (Contributor), Joan Didion (Contributor), James Fenton (Contributor), Martha Gellhorn (Contributor), Peter Louis Goldman (Contributor), Lawrence Otis Graham (Contributor), Bob Greene (Contributor), Ben Hecht (Contributor), W. C. Heinz (Contributor), Ernest Hemingway (Contributor), Michael Herr (Contributor), John Hersey (Contributor), Ryszard Kapuscinski (Contributor), Tracy Kidder (Contributor), Norman Lewis (Contributor), A. J. Liebling (Contributor), Jack London (Contributor), Rosemary Mahoney (Contributor), Norman Mailer (Contributor), Morris Markey (Contributor), Henry Mayhew (Contributor), John McPhee (Contributor), Joseph Mitchell (Contributor), Sylvester Monroe (Contributor), George Orwell (Contributor), Hickman Powell (Contributor), Piers Paul Read (Contributor), Ron Rosenbaum (Contributor), Lillian Ross (Contributor), David Simon (Contributor), John Simpson (Contributor), Gary Smith (Contributor), W. T. Stead (Contributor), John Steinbeck (Contributor), Al Stump (Contributor), Gay Talese (Contributor), Hunter S. Thompson (Contributor), Rebecca West (Contributor), Walt Whitman (Contributor), Michael Winerip (Contributor), Tom Wolfe (Contributor)

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Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda, journalists and journalism teachers, saw a need for a textbook that celebrated and organized outstanding examples of literary journalism. In this compendious volume spanning 372 years, the editors focus on the evolution of New Journalism, a term which, we learn, "was originally coined by Matthew Arnold in 1887 to describe the style of Stead's Pall Mall Gazette: brash, vivid, personal, reform-minded, and--occasionally, from Arnold's conservative viewpoint--'featherbrained.'"

The editors position Daniel Defoe's The True and Genuine Account of the Life and Actions of the Late Jonathan Wild (1725) as the prototype for the true-crime narrative. The collection's first section, entitled "Pioneers," includes such staples as Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, Walt Whitman's Specimen Days, and Jack London's daring 1902 exposé of life among the city of London's impoverished East Enders. Brief introductions to each selection set the historical context and explain innovative aspects of the piece. The second section compares two distinctly contemporary journalistic points of view: the "I Am a Camera" school and the unabashedly subjective approach exemplified by Norman Mailer and Hunter S. Thompson, among others. "Style as Substance" makes up the lively and often moving third section.

Many rich voices describe all angles of the human experience in this impressive volume. Through author Piers Paul Read we crash-land with a Uruguayan rugby team in the Andes; Lillian Ross gives us a notoriously devastating portrait of Ernest Hemingway; Ted Conover assimilates into illegal Mexican culture and smuggles us back and forth across the border. The only anthology of its kind, The Art of Fact almost doubles as a travel book.

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