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From Fact to Fiction : Journalism and Imaginative Writing in America - Shelley Fisher Fishkin

From Fact to Fiction

Journalism and Imaginative Writing in America

Paperback Published: 14th April 1988
ISBN: 9780195206388
Number Of Pages: 348

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Walt Whitman spent twenty-five years as a journalist before he published his first book of poems. Mark Twain pursued a twenty-year career as a journalist before the publication of his first novel. The list of great imaginative writers whose careers began in journalism includes not only Whitman and Twain, but also Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos, among others.
Fishkin's book--the first full-length study to examine this tradition in American letters--focuses on the lives and careers of Whitman, Twain, Dreiser, Hemingway, and Dos Passos, in order to discover the roots of their greatest imaginative works and the factors that led each writer to turn to fiction. Fishkin determines that they all turned to fiction because they wished to engage their readers in ways not possible through conventional journalism, and yet not one of them found his artistic stride until he returned, in new and creative ways, to the subjects and strategies first explored as a journalist.
Fishkin weaves together threads of biography, literary criticism, literary theory, and social history to reveal the neglected role journalism has played in shaping American literary tradition since the 1830s. Her final chapter examines the attitudes toward journalism and fiction, and the division between the two in the works of such contemporary fiction writers as Norman Mailer, John Hersey, and E.L. Doctorow.
Fishkin's probing examination of the poetry and fiction that followed the newspaper and magazine work of Whitman, Twain, Dreiser, Hemingway, and Dos Passos both reveals how each writer transformed fact into art and how journalism has helped to give a distinctively American cast to American literature.

"I anticipate great value from this text--its scholarship, lucid prose, and particularly the vast gap of ignorance it seeks to fill, will make it a most useful and versatile choice for my course."--Raymond I. Rundus, Pembroke State University "From Whitman and Twain to Dreiser and Dos Passos, [Fishkin] tracks American literature back to unexpected beginnings in journalism. Her sophisticated search turns a new illumination on these writers' lives."--Eugene Patterson, St. Petersburg Times "A valuable and readable study, well worth the attention of any student of American writing."--San Francisco Chronicle "An original, illuminating, and timely work. It reaches back to explore in vivid detail the journalistic origins of some of the greatest American writers, from Whitman to Dos Passos, then reaches forward to reflect with subtlety and sophistication on the current journalistic tendency towards fiction-making."--R.W.B. Lewis, Yale University "No critic before Fishkin has explored at length the phenomenon of the reporter turned artist. From Fact to Fiction is a welcome initial exploration, an incisive and well-written discussion...[a] groundbreaking book."--American Quarterly "I anticipate great value from this text--its scholarship, lucid prose, and particularly the vast gap of ignorance it seeks to fill, will make it a most useful and versatile choice for my course."--Raymond I. Rundus, Pembroke State University "From Whitman and Twain to Dreiser and Dos Passos, [Fishkin] tracks American literature back to unexpected beginnings in journalism. Her sophisticated search turns a new illumination on these writers' lives."--Eugene Patterson, St. Petersburg Times "A valuable and readable study, well worth the attention of any student of American writing."--San Francisco Chronicle "An original, illuminating, and timely work. It reaches back to explore in vivid detail the journalistic origins of some of the greatest American writers, from Whitman to Dos Passos, then reaches forward to reflect with subtlety and sophistication on the current journalistic tendency towards fiction-making."--R.W.B. Lewis, Yale University "No critic before Fishkin has explored at length the phenomenon of the reporter turned artist. From Fact to Fiction is a welcome initial exploration, an incisive and well-written discussion...[a] groundbreaking book."--American Quarterly "It is rare for books as innovative, groundbreaking and important as From Fact to Fiction to be as well-written, and I applaud it."--Norman Mailer "Graceful writing, fresh insights and excitement combine to make this work...a valuable asset to the field of journalism history, one that makes a strong contribution to the understanding of the craft of reporting and its relationship to American literary realism."--Journalism History "An original, illuminating, and timely work."--R.W.B. Lewis, Yale University "Fishkin's study forms an important part of the accumulating case for the tradition of American realism, of a literature of fact and detail."--Times Literary Supplement "Very readable....I endorse this without reservation and with enthusiasm."--Ed Rooney, Loyola University "Excellent scholarship; at a level students can grasp--I love it!"--Fred L. Gardaphe, Columbia College "A much-needed approach....Gives journalistic writing a much-deserved accolade."--Herb Blisard, Yakima Valley College "Each of us writers who started out as journalists or hwo are cursed by also being journalists should thank Shelley Fisher Fishkin for this impressive work."--Oriana Fallaci "A fascinating blend of biography, social history, criticism, and close textual analysis."--William A. Henry III, media critic for Time "Intriguing."--Philadelphia Inquirer "An informative study."--Los Angeles Times "The persuasive point of this finely researched and even-handed volume is that we have dismissed too readily (and perhaps even disdainfully) the important apprenticeship in journalism of an inordinate number of American writers."--American Studies

ISBN: 9780195206388
ISBN-10: 019520638X
Series: Literature/American Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 14th April 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.64  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.24