Gin Before Breakfast

Gin Before Breakfast

The Dilemma of the Poet in the Newsroom

Book - 2007 | 1st ed
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This delightful and thought-provoking volume chronicles the intersection of journalism and poetry writing in the lives of 13 writers, describing what they thought of both tasks, with frequent quotations of both kinds of writing cited throughout. Coleridge, Whitman, Kipling, and Stephen Crane are among the writers considered. Nelson is a poet who spent forty years as an Associated Press reporter. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
<p>This edifying volume presents mini-biographies of key British and American poets who at one time or another worked as journalists. Poets covered range from the famous to the obscure: Whittier to Whitman, Kipling to Bryant, Coleridge to Crane. Writing in a direct, straightforward style W. Dale Nelson tells each writer’s story, often relating how the poet in question felt about the journalistic experience and its impact upon creative work. Archbold MacLeish wrote "young poets are advised by their elders to avoid the practice of journalism as they would set socks and gin before breakfast." On the other hand, Leonard Woolf suggests that Hemingway’s strong spare prose often "bears the mark of good journalism." </p><p>The author raises provocative issues about developments in poetic form, effects of printing and communication on poetry, and the relationship of poetry and cities. He also looks at how poetic diction has been influenced by the language of reportage and the basic difference in the purport of journalism versus that of poetry. The book contains twelve illustrations and photos.</p>

Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780815608882
Branch Call Number: 821.009 NEL
Characteristics: xix, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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