Coming into McPhee Country : John McPhee and the Art of Literary Nonfiction

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Coming into McPhee Country : John McPhee and the Art of Literary Nonfiction

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 320 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780874807462
  • DDC分類 808.0092

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John McPhee, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for Annals of the Former World, is considered one of the most distinguished writers of literary nonfiction. Coming into McPhee Country is the first comprehensive anthology to address his significant body of work. The first section, 'The Evolving Writer, ' examines his work from a biographical point of view, explaining background and influences that affected his development as a writer. The second section, 'McPhee and the Natural World, ' focuses on his representations of the natural world and explores his work from the framework of both wilderness and urban environmentalism. The final section, 'The Writerly Challenges of McPhee, ' discusses his rhetorical choices in structure and style and demonstrates how his seemingly artless presentation is literary in every sense of the word. Overall, this volume salutes McPhee's enormous and enormously varying oeuvre and confirms his stature as a major American writer.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    vii
Introduction 1 (18)
The Evolving Writer
Introducing John McPhee 19 (35)
William Howarth
``The Size and Shape of the Canvas'': An 54 (25)
Interview with John McPhee
Jared Haynes
Pieces and the Frame: McPhee and 79 (26)
Portraiture
Barbara Lounsberry
``Essence of Writer'': John McPhee's 105(18)
Early Training
Norman Sims
McPhee and the Natural World
John McPhee and the Question of 123(22)
Environmental Advocacy
O. Alan Weltzien
In the American Grain: John McPhee's 145(17)
Coming into the Country
Michael Pearson
Giving Good Reasons: Environmental 162(23)
Appeals in the Nonfiction of John McPhee
Brian Turner
``In a Lifetime of Descending Rivers'': 185(24)
The Art and Argument of John McPhee's
``River Essays''
Theodore C. Humphrey
A Plate Tectonics of Language: Geology as 209(17)
a Vernacular Science
Rick Van Noy
John McPhee's Annals of the Former World: 226(19)
Geology, Culture, and a Fountain of
Metaphor
Barbara Stevens
The Writerly Challenges of McPhee
Traveling in Social Spaces: John McPhee's 245(17)
Dichotomies in Levels of the Game and
``In Search of Marvin Gardens''
Meta G. Carstarphen
John McPhee Balances the Act 262(20)
Kathy Smith
``Academic Air'': Teaching The Control of 282(19)
Nature
Daniel J. Philippon
``Pentimento in the Hide'': Cracking Code 301(20)
with John McPhee
Susan Naramore Maher
Notes on Contributors 321(4)
Index 325