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Telling the truth

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Date Issued:
2008
Summary:
In the American creative nonfiction genre, the line between fact and fiction is ever-blurring. Two novels which strive for realness and are thematically related in their focus on a cause célèbre and the death penalty, Truman Capote's In cold blood and Norman Mailer's The executioner's song, offer clues that might help approach the question of what makes a specific work fall under the category of creative nonfiction. I analyze the creative techniques that the authors use in their novels, and I consider details from the texts about the activeness and reliability of the narrators in the two books, as well as consequent political implications. Additionally, I ground my examination of these novels in a discussion of the progress from the early novel's drive for realism to twentieth-century literary journalism.
Title: Telling the truth: creative nonfiction in Capote's In Cold Blood & Mailer's The Executioner's Song.
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Name(s): Capp, James R.
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Issuance: multipart monograph
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
electronic resource
Extent: v, 50 leaves.
Language(s): English
Summary: In the American creative nonfiction genre, the line between fact and fiction is ever-blurring. Two novels which strive for realness and are thematically related in their focus on a cause célèbre and the death penalty, Truman Capote's In cold blood and Norman Mailer's The executioner's song, offer clues that might help approach the question of what makes a specific work fall under the category of creative nonfiction. I analyze the creative techniques that the authors use in their novels, and I consider details from the texts about the activeness and reliability of the narrators in the two books, as well as consequent political implications. Additionally, I ground my examination of these novels in a discussion of the progress from the early novel's drive for realism to twentieth-century literary journalism.
Identifier: 299575681 (oclc), 77661 (digitool), FADT77661 (IID), fau:1481 (fedora)
Note(s): by James R. Capp.
Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Honors College, 2008.
Bibliography: leaves 49-50.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2008 Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): Capote, Truman, 1924-1984
Mailer, Norman, 1923-2007
American prose literature -- 20th century
Reportage literature -- Technique
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