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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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Journalism and the Urban Novel

Journalism and the Urban Novel

(p.120) 8 Journalism and the Urban Novel
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Betsy Klimasmith

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between journalism and literary realism in the United States, with particular reference to the urban novel. Citing the careers of Theodore Dreiser, Stephen Crane, and Edith Wharton, it shows that identities as reporters and novelists were intertwined and in fact overlapped. After providing a brief overview of urban journalism in nineteenth-nentury America, the chapter considers some of the basic assumptions that shape the way literary historians distinguish novels from newspapers. It then analyzes three urban novels, Dreiser's Sister Carrie (1900), Crane's Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (1893), and Wharton's The House of Mirth (1905). It also discusses the state of journalism and the urban novel after World War I.

Keywords:   urban novel, journalism, literary realism, Theodore Dreiser, Stephen Crane, Edith Wharton, urban journalism, newspapers, Sister Carrie, The House of Mirth

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