The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting: How a Bunch of Rabble-Rousers, Outsiders, and Ne'er-Do-Wells Concocted Creative Nonfiction


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Yale University Press
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6.47 X 9.53 X 0.81 inches | 1.22 pounds

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About the Author

Lee Gutkind has been called the "Godfather behind creative nonfiction" by Vanity Fair. He founded Creative Nonfiction magazine in 1994 and is the editor or author of more than thirty books. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


"When [Gutkind] stops to look back on his own evolving perspective . . . [and] reflects upon his writing career, the choices he made . . . he puts himself, and us, right back in the moment--and the results are vivid, ambiguous, emotionally resonant, fascinating."--Lucas Mann, Washington Post

"An enlightening critical history . . . [that] adds up to a thorough appraisal of the genre."--Publishers Weekly

"This memoir/critical history will please some readers and tick off others, which seems to be precisely the point. . . . Budding journalists and students of creative writing will find plenty of red meat in Gutkind's pages."--Kirkus Reviews

"A chronicle of the pitched battles that took place during a decades-long war of attrition and détente, finally arriving at the culture's capitulation to the idea of creative nonfiction as a distinct literary form. . . . Gutkind is a feisty pugilist."--David Daniel, Arts Fuse
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"The 'fist fight' seems an apt metaphor to describe Lee Gutkind's resolute defense of creative nonfiction--in all its forms. His characteristic thoughtful conviction keeps it new and exciting for the rest of us."--Yvette Benavides, host of Texas Public Radio's Book Public

"The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting offers an insightful overview of the recent history of creative nonfiction and the struggles that early practitioners faced in legitimizing the genre. This is a must-read for all writers."--Jennifer Anderson, Lewis-Clark State College

"Lee Gutkind is not only a master of creative nonfiction. He's also a crucial catalyst who has meaningfully advanced the field. This honest, engagingly written book tells how it all happened and why creative nonfiction is so necessary."--Steven Beschloss, director of the Narrative Storytelling Initiative and author of The Gunman and His Mother