This best-selling anthology is a comprehensive and indispensable introduction to the way creative nonfiction is written today.
The Fourth Genre offers the most comprehensive, teachable, and current introduction available today to the cutting-edge, evolving genre of creative nonfiction. While acknowledging the literary impulse of nonfiction to be a fourth genre equivalent to poetry, fiction, and drama, this text focuses on subgenres of the nonfiction form, including memoir, nature writing, personal essays, literary journalism, cultural criticism, and travel writing.
In this anthology for "beginning the conversation" in courses in non-fiction creative writing, Root (Central Michigan U.) and Steinberg (Michigan State U.) showcase contemporary creative nonfiction as a still evolving genre employing many of the techniques of fiction, poetry, and drama. The readings in three sections allowing for flexible sequencing encompass the form's full spectrum: memoirs and personal essays, literary journalism, and academic/cultural criticism. Indexed by author, title, and form. Brief biographies of the wonderfully diverse contributors would have been welcome. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.