As it turns out, I was right. As Fishkin puts it in the introduction of Writing America, E. My own trip found me visiting cities and small towns that influenced, and were influenced by, such writers as William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, and Tennessee Williams — all of whom are among the most well-known authors this country has produced. Instead, she gives equal attention to lesser-known writers produced by several minority populations living and thriving in America:
Fishkin focuses on the lives and careers of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos, in order to discover the roots of their greatest imaginative works and the factors that led each writer to turn to fiction. Her probing examination of the poetry and fiction that followed the newspaper and magazine work of these writers reveals how each transformed fact into art and how journalism has helped to give a distinctively American cast to American literature.
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 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 s. 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.Dec 05, · Read Online Orsanmichele and the History and Preservation of the Civic Monument (Studies in the.
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“Writing America is a triumph of scholarship and passion, a profound exploration of the many worlds which comprise our national canon a book that redraws the literary map of the United States.” —Junot.
SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN, the Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities, professor of English, and Director of American Studies at Stanford University, is the award-winning author, editor or co-editor of over forty books and over one hundred articles, essays, columns, and reviews.
She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale and is a former.