Literary Journalism

Journalism Aspiring to Be Literature

Authored by: Miles Maguire

The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138854161
eBook ISBN: 9781315722283
Adobe ISBN: 9781317524533


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After Tom Wolfe discovered in the mid-1960s what he went on to call “The New Journalism,” he described how this innovative mode of reporting had taken form outside the dominant media culture of daily newspapers, emerging instead at periodicals such as New York and Esquire. Articles published in these magazines had marked “the sudden arrival of this new style of journalism, from out of nowhere,” 1 Wolfe wrote. “All of a sudden there was some sort of artistic excitement in journalism, and that was a new thing in itself.” 2 Wolfe was certainly correct about the role of magazines in nurturing a style of journalism that mixed fact-based reporting with the use of a range of literary devices, but he was wrong in arguing that this phenomenon was unprecedented.

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