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Radiant truths : essential dispatches, reports, confessions, & other essays on American belief / edited and introduced by Jeff Sharlet.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780300169218
  • ISBN: 0300169213
  • Description: xii, 408 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Note: From: Specimen days (1863/1882) / Walt Whitman -- From: The Maine woods (1864) / Henry David Thoreau -- From: Innocents abroad (1869) / Mark Twain -- Maggie Darling (1894) / William T. Stead -- Dead after Purim (1898) / Abraham Cahan -- The ordination of Asoka (1903) / Sara Jeannette Duncan -- The devil baby at Hull-House (1916) / Jane Addams -- Yearning mountaineers' souls need reconversion nightly (1925) / H.L. Mencken -- I was marching (1934) / Meridel Le Sueur -- Hoodoo (1935) / Zora Neale Hurston -- Artists in uniform (1953) / Mary McCarthy -- From: "Down at the cross" (1962) / James Baldwin -- From: The armies of the night (1968) / Norman Mailer -- Whittier: first day (1970) / Garry Wills -- Truth and consequences (1977) / Ellen Willis -- Shochets (1987) / Michael Lesy -- From: The rainy season (1989) / Amy Wilentz -- Arguing with the Pope (1994) / Barbara Grizzuti Harrison -- Under the brush arbor (1995) / Dennis Covington -- The sacrifice (1997) / Anne Fadiman -- Heartland, Kansas (2004) / Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet -- Upon this rock (2004) / John Jeremiah Sullivan -- The aftermath (2006) / Matthew Teague -- Untitled (2011) / Francine Prose.
Summary: "Beginning with Walt Whitman singing hymns at a wounded soldier's bedside during the Civil War, this surprising and vivid anthology ranges straight through to the twenty-first century to end with Francine Prose crying tears of complicated joy at the sight of Whitman's words in Zuccotti Park during the brief days of the Occupy movement. The first anthology of its kind, Radiant Truths gathers an exquisite selection of writings by both well-known and forgotten American authors and thinkers, each engaged in the challenges of writing about religion, of documenting "things unseen." Their contributions to the genre of literary journalism -- the telling of factual stories using the techniques of fiction and poetry -- make this volume one of the most exciting anthologies of creative nonfiction to have emerged in years. Jeff Sharlet presents an evocative selection of writings that illuminate the evolution of the American genre of documentary prose. Each entry may be savored separately, but together the works enrich one another, engaging in an implicit and continuing conversation that reaches across time and generations. Including works by: Walt Whitman - Henry David Thoreau - Mark Twain - Meridel Le Sueur - Zora Neale Hurston - Mary McCarthy - James Baldwin - Norman Mailer - Ellen Willis Anne Fadiman - John Jeremiah Sullivan - Francine Prose - Garry Wills - "and many others"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: United States > Religion.
Sharlet, Jeff. (Added Author).

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