This is a comprehensive examination of five of today's most popular and important nonfiction artists: Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, Joan Didion, and Norman Mailer. Entering the great unexplored territory of contemporary criticism, this book examines literary nonfiction in the broad context of the prose narrative form and discusses the role it plays in the American literary tradition.
About the Author
BARBARA LOUNSBERRY is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa and a member of the Iowa Humanities Board. She is currently co-editing with Gay Talese an anthology of literary nonfiction for "Harper & Row," as well as her own college reader titled "The Writer in You: A Writing Process Reader/Rhetoric." Her essays have appeared in the "Philological Quarterly," "Georgia Review," Hemingway Review, "Modern Drama," "Black American Literature Forum," and other publications.