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  1. Carole M. Di Tosti (@mercedeskat45)

    Interesting, Margo. When I wrote/published my Whistleblowing dissertation, I wrote the stories section as “narrative nonfiction,” that masked the identities of the individuals, yet told their stories. NYU required I not use names…but it was based in hours of interviews and speaking to the whistleblowers and their exact words. Nevertheless, I did write down the stories. Lit. agents at the time said it was narrative nonfiction. This author calls it creative nonfiction…perhaps the category has morphed. Erik Larson, a wonderful nonfiction writer who wrote In the Garden of Beasts and The Devil in the White City uses journals, newspaper clippings and reports, and the historical record to put the narrative together, kind of like John Brendt’s work, In the Garden of Good and Evil, but he interviews individuals as well. I think the more reliable the account, the more exciting…by reliable, I mean researched. Regardless, with all nonfiction, it is the author’s story first…then the story of those he’s writing about.

  2. Margo Dill
    Margo Dill May 29, 2013 at 3:14 am |

    Interesting, Carole. I think the author/writer though has be very careful about putting themselves too much into someone else’s story–I guess it would depend on exactly what is being written and the purpose. It is an interesting topic/debate that is for sure. Thanks for your comments!

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