The Nonfictionist s Guide

This book explores the elements of contemporary creative nonfiction and discusses the use of experimental forms, the effects of present and past tense and experiential and reflective voices, and the issue of truth.

Author: Robert L. Root

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742556171

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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As a vital and growing literary genre, nonfiction impacts bestseller lists, writing programs, writersO workshops, and academic conferences on creative writing, composition/rhetoric, and literature. In a lively exploration of its poetics, The NonfictionistOs Guide examines the elements of contemporary nonfiction and suggests imaginative approaches to writing it. Beginning with a new definition of nonfiction and explanation of the nonfiction motive, Robert Root guides both readers and writers through the innovative and stimulating ways we write nonfiction now.

Lineage

The impulse behind Lineage is an effort to gather artifacts of image and texts in hopes of interpreting them, of better understanding the past, of coming to terms with the present.

Author: Robert Root

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Like a medieval Polyptych arranging discreet images into an impressionistic whole, Lineage assembles brief essays and vignettes to investigate images, texts, and memories across family history. Through the writing and photographs of past family members Robert Root tries to locate them in their own time and, wherever possible, locate himself in their presence. He attempts to discern what family testimony and family portraits tell us about family history and the continuing resonance of lineage on succeeding generations, including his own. His searches make memorable ancestors he never knew about, bring back to life a grandmother he has no memory of, leads him to a better understanding of an uncle who had abiding influence on his upbringing. Interludes visit locations vital to family history and eventually he is led to contemplate the immediate moments of his own life. The impulse behind Lineage is an effort to gather artifacts of image and texts in hopes of interpreting them, of better understanding the past, of coming to terms with the present. The literary remains he explores are not only his own; they are his ancestors', his families, the legacy he will pass on to his descendants.

E B White

Robert Root explores the milieu in which White began writing the "Notes and Comments" section of the New Yorker and puts in perspective the influence of popular "colyumists" like Don Marquis and Christopher Morley on the tone and form of ...

Author: Robert L. Root

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 0877456674

Category: Literary Collections

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Robert Root explores the milieu in which White began writing the "Notes and Comments" section of the New Yorker and puts in perspective the influence of popular "colyumists" like Don Marquis and Christopher Morley on the tone and form of White's work as a "paragrapher." He examines White's persistent disaffection with the demands and limitations inherent in his "Comment" pieces for the New Yorker and his experiences as a columnist for Harper's Magazine, where his "One Man's Meat" feature produced his most enduring essay, "Once More to the Lake," and took the segmented column form to new levels of accomplishment. Drawing on White's manuscripts, Root's literary analysis of early drafts demonstrates how unique White's essays were.

Walking Home Ground

"Perhaps this book is an invitation to walk home ground," Root tells us. "Perhaps, too, it’s a time capsule, a message in a bottle from someone given to looking over his shoulder even as he tries to examine the ground beneath his feet."

Author: Robert Root

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society

ISBN: 9780870207877

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 250

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When longtime author Robert Root moves to a small town in southeast Wisconsin, he gets to know his new home by walking the same terrain traveled by three Wisconsin luminaries who were deeply rooted in place—John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and August Derleth. Root walks with Muir at John Muir State Natural Area, with Leopold at the Shack, and with Derleth in Sac Prairie; closer to home, he traverses the Ice Age Trail, often guided by such figures as pioneering scientist Increase Lapham. Along the way, Root investigates the changes to the natural landscape over nearly two centuries, and he chronicles his own transition from someone on unfamiliar terrain to someone secure on his home ground.In prose that is at turns introspective and haunting, Walking Home Ground inspires us to see history’s echo all around us: the parking lot that once was forest; the city that once was glacier. "Perhaps this book is an invitation to walk home ground," Root tells us. "Perhaps, too, it’s a time capsule, a message in a bottle from someone given to looking over his shoulder even as he tries to examine the ground beneath his feet."

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Fathers Sons Brothers

The author looks back on three generations of men in his family, recalling the lives and relationships of his uncles, brothers, fathers, and sons. By the author of Jewel. Reprint.

Author: Bret Lott

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780671041762

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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The author looks back on three generations of men in his family, recalling the lives and relationships of his uncles, brothers, fathers, and sons. By the author of Jewel. Reprint.

Following Isabella

In this elegantly written book, Root retraces Bird’s three-month journey, seeking to understand what Colorado meant to her—and what it would come to mean for him. Following Isabella is a work of intersecting histories.

Author: Robert Root

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806184159

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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A world traveler, Isabella Bird recorded her 1873 visit to Colorado Territory in her classic travel narrative, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains. This work inspired Robert Root’s own discovery of Colorado’s Front Range following his move from the flatlands of Michigan. In this elegantly written book, Root retraces Bird’s three-month journey, seeking to understand what Colorado meant to her—and what it would come to mean for him. Following Isabella is a work of intersecting histories. Root interweaves an overview of Bird’s life and work with regional history, nature writing, and his own travels to produce a uniquely informative and entertaining narrative. He probes Bird’s self-transformation as her writing moved from private letters to published books, and also draws on reflections of other authors of her day, including Grace Greenwood and Helen Hunt Jackson. Like Bird, Root experiences his most fulfilling moments in the mountains, climbing formidable Longs Peak, living alone in the cabin of famed editor William Allen White, and wandering wild landscapes. Through reflections on earlier writers’ experiences, and by weighing his own response to them, Root learns not only how to come to Colorado, as visitors so often do, but more important, how to stay.

The Bells in Their Silence

Author: Michael Edward Gorra

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ISBN: 0691117659

Category: Literary Criticism

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"As a cultural reporter Michael Gorra is the sort of writer we most like to read: he's smart, humane, felicitious, well-informed, and yet willing to let his innocence--what he shares with us all--develop into provocative and unconventional intellectual curiosity."--Richard Ford ""The Bells in Their Silence" is on one level a deeply thoughtful and seductive meditation on Gorra's year in Germany, and on the uneasy disjunction between Germany's liberal present and its Nazi past. The book is generously illuminated from within by a parallel meditation on the conventions, limitations, and possibilities of the travel narrative. Exemplarily postmodern in its self-awareness, "The Bells in Their Silence" is an engrossing and original contribution to the literature of travel."--Jonathan Raban, author of "Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings" "Gorra's book announces itself from the very first sentence as a lyrical hybrid travelogue, mixing the personal and impressionistic with the reflective. The writing is smart, witty, informed, and highly readable. One comes away from the book vowing to be more like Gorra--a more observant, more reflective traveler and a more adventurous reader."--Sven Birkerts, author of "An Artificial Wilderness" and "My Sky Blue Trades" "Gorra has written an unusual book: a mlange of travel book and reflections of travel books, with book reviews, readings of literary works, and autobiographical sketches. The combination proves to be extremely effective, providing a multicolored and multilayered picture of a quickly changing country."--Barbara Hahn, Princeton University "Perhaps no single travelogue on Germany has captured so well our American, post-World War II generation's tortured relationship to a land and its people we were brought up loving to hate but which we learned to love. Beautifully written against the grain of the traditional travelogue's certainty of judgements and world-weariness, Michael Gorra's travels through Germany reveal the internal and external processes of a memory tourist in a land with too much memory."--James E. Young, author of "The Texture of Memory" and "At Memory's Edge," Professor and Chair of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Meadow

Describes the lives of Lyle, Ray, Clara, and the Western terrain of the meadow where they settled, discussing their triumphs and tragedies

Author: James Galvin

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0805027033

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Describes the lives of Lyle, Ray, Clara, and the Western terrain of the meadow where they settled, discussing their triumphs and tragedies

The AWP Official Guide to Writing Programs

Nonfictionist Toby Thompson is the author of Positively Main Street : A Biography
of Bob Dylan , Saloon , and The ' 60s Report , and is a frequent contributor to
Vanity Fair and many other magazines . Recent visiting writers include Deborah ...

Author: David W. Fenza

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ISBN: UOM:39015043807927

Category: Creative writing (Higher education)

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Colorado Libraries

Library media specialist Debby Reum helps 5th grade students as they explore
the structure of non - fiction . ists are ... District # 6 library media specialists have
developed a “ Cooperative Planning Guide ” which is useful for tracking the ...

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Br cke

... The journal publishes texts on themes that were studied by the Croatian scien -
tist , politician , and nonfictionist Dr . Ivo ... Finally , he refers to the essential
geopolitical com - ponents that should be the guidelines of modern Croatian
politics ...

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Vol. for 1989 is an index of issues published 1966-1988.

Best Sellers

Creative Coping : A Guide to Positive The rules of good writing and the tricks
Living of rewriting sound familiar and make ... 95 Publication Date : January 1976
Zinsser the nonfictionist may have entertained you into thoughtfulness with col ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015036940263

Category: American literature

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AB Bookman s Weekly

Non - fiction ists Howard , R.E. Ists , esp . ... TV Guide magazine . ... All guides pre
- 1911 ; Baseball mag . pre - 1925 ; Sporting Life pre - 1917 ; Sporting News pre -
1930 ; Who's Who Pre - 1940 ; All - Star & World Series programs , pre - 1960 ...

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