Saturday, June 03, 2006

Creative Nonfiction Resources

It's a catch-all genre that most definitions seem to think is mostly literary reporting, yet has room for more sorts of non-fiction-based literary pursuits, such as memoirs, or even blogs. It's not just Tom Wolfe and Hunter Thompson, it's a lot more than that.

Two of my favorite writers are Barry Lopez and John McPhee, both of whom are "nature writers" who blur those lines between factual reporting and literary achievement. Annie Dillard is considered another. Loren Eiseley is a poet who did this brilliantly; even his essays are contemplative, poetical, and his memoirs, All the Strange Hours, is a terrific book. Gretel Ehrlich is another writer I recommend along these lines.

Some links, stumbled across, literarily reported herewith:

Annie Dillard
creatrive nonfiction
Reading Nonfiction
contemporary lit
creative nonfiction again
and again
and yet again

Some great creative nonfiction books to read:

John Berger: The Sense of Sight
Thomas Merton & Robert Lax: A Catch of Anti-Letters
John McPhee: Assembling California; Oranges; Basin & Range
Loren Eiseley: The Star Thrower
Barry Lopez: Arctic Dreams
Andre Malraux: Anti-Memoirs
Bruce Chatwin: The Songlines
Peter Matthiesen: The Snow Leopard

Just for starters.

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Blogger tom said...

Hey! just to let you know i will be stopping in -

i'll check through some of these links

as well as backtrack and read earlier entries

tom (tom b form tcp)

8:00 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Hi, Tom—

Thanks for stopping in.

More will be added as I have time to edit it and/or compile it.

Comments are very welcome! So is dialogue. It's my stage, but it's a stage, not a soapbox.

1:05 PM  

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