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Crafting Truth, 1st edition

  • Bruce Ballenger

Published by Pearson (December 21st 2010) - Copyright © 2011

1st edition

Crafting Truth

ISBN-13: 9780205586455

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Overview

Crafting Truth introduces the reader to the craft of creative nonfiction by showing them models from the best nonfiction writers and offering plentiful exercises to help them more artfully tell true stories.

Table of contents

Preface xiii

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Introduction 1

The Form and Theory of Creative Nonfiction 1

On Missing the Target 2

The Collapse of the Narrator 3

Telling It Straight 4

Taking the Reflective Turn 6

Building It Scene by Scene 7

Creating Tension 9

Casting a Wide Net 12

Writing With (and Against) Tradition 14

Using Crafting Truth 16

How to Read for Craft 16

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Part 1

The Essayists 21

Introduction to the Personal Essay 21

A Brief History of the Essay 21

Essays as Narratives of Thought 22

New Forms of the Essay 24

1.1 ORDER OUT OF WILD DISORDER

EXC E R P T F RO M E . B. WHITE’ S

The Ring of Time 25

1.2 A FATHER’S FLAWS

EXC E R P T F RO M JA M E S BALDW I N ’ S

Notes of a Native Son 31

1.3 PRICKLY DREAD ON BANYAN STREET

EXC E R P T F RO M J OA N D I D I O N ’ S

Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream 36

1.4 YOU DID NOT CHANGE

EXC E R P T F RO M A L I C E WALKER’ S

Beauty:When the Other Dancer Is the Self 42

1.5 CUTTING IT STRAIGHT

EXC E R P T F ROM SCOT T RU S S E L L S A N D E R S ’ S

The Inheritance of Tools 48

1.6 THE BEGINNING AND END OF A MAN’S LIFE

EXC E R P T F ROM ANDRE DUBUS’ S

Broken Vessels 54

1.7 A GREAT MOMENT OF NEED

EXC E R P T F ROM NA N C Y M A I R S’ S

On Touching by Accident 59

1.8 VAMOOSE TO THE VOMIT CORNER

EXC E R P T F ROM DAV I D S E DA R I S ’ S

The SantaLand Diaries 64

1.9 A SCAFFOLD FOR LANGUAGE

EXC E R P T F ROM ANDER MONSON’S

Outline Toward a Theory of the Mine Versus the

Mind and the Harvard Outline 69

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Part 2

The Memoirists 75

Introduction to Memoir 75

Ethics in the Age of Memoir 76

Is There a Story Worth Telling? 77

2.1 I MADE HIM OUT OF DREAMS

EXC E R P T F ROM TO B I A S WO L F F ’ S

This Boy’s Life 79

2.2 LONG AGO WHEN DOGS COULD TALK

EXC E R P T F RO M N . SCOT T MOMADAY ’ S

The Way to Rainy Mountain 84

2.3 TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT DREAMS,

VISIONS, AND PRAYERS

EXC E R P T F ROM MAX I N E H O N G K I N G S TO N ’ S

The Woman War

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