By D. Underwood
During this quantity, Doug Underwood asks no matter if a lot of what's now known as literary journalism is, in reality, 'literary,' and no matter if it's going to rank with the nice novels through such journalist-literary figures as Twain, Cather, and Hemingway, who believed that fiction was once the higher position for a pragmatic author to specific the real truths of lifestyles.
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The relationship of a nonfiction writer to his or her sources also can raise a host of issues, including when a writer sticks to facts, research, and empirical details but fictionalizes the account slightly in order to protect the subjects of the story; when a writer identifies the people involved and stays loyal to the factual standards of contemporary journalism but does not tell the whole story in order to avoid causing pain and controversy for the subjects; or when a writer covers an event from multiple perspectives where the facts are contested and the “truth” is equivocal.
The eighteenth-century journalist-literary figures Defoe, Henry Fielding, and Anthony Smollett all advertised themselves as realists in their groundbreaking fiction and defended their forms of narrative writing as credible and authentic in presenting an honest picture of the world, including in comparison to their journalism which they tended to see as connected to the 32 The Undeclared War between Journalism and Fiction practical affairs of society and something that required compromises (such as shaping their accounts based upon the taking of subsidies from partisan benefactors) that wasn’t necessary with their imaginative prose.
That the subject of his book was not up to scratch . . ”16 Has raised questions about the nature of nonfictional presentation in a situation where the writer claims control over a narrative in ways that may or may not be deemed “factual” by others. The libel suit against McGinniss for his presentation of MacDonald raised a host of moral, methodological, and even epistemological issues about the nonfiction writer’s craft after McGinniss decided—like the jury that had convicted MacDonald—that MacDonald was guilty of the crime.
The Undeclared War between Journalism and Fiction: Journalists as Genre Benders in Literary History by D. Underwood