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The Lifespan of a Fact
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date February 27, 2012
Pages 123
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393340730
ISBN-10 0393340732
Dimensions 0.50 by 7 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.44 lbs.
Original list price $17.95
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:

Now a Broadway Play.

An innovative essayist and his fact-checker do battle about the use of truth and the definition of nonfiction.

How negotiable is a fact? In 2003, after publishing his book of experimental essays, Halls of Fame, John D’Agata was approached by Harper’s magazine to write an essay for them, one that was eventually rejected due to disagreements related to its fact checking. That essay which eventually became the foundation of D’Agata’s critically acclaimed About a Mountain was accepted by another magazine, the Believer, but not before they handed it to their own fact-checker, Jim Fingal. What resulted from that assignment, and beyond the essay’s eventual publication in the magazine, was seven years of arguments, negotiations, and revisions as D’Agata and Fingal struggled to navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction.

This book includes an early draft of D’Agata’s essay, along with D’Agata and Fingal’s extensive discussion around the text. What emerges is a brilliant and eye-opening meditation on the relationship between “truth” and “accuracy” and a penetrating conversation about whether it is appropriate for a writer to substitute one for the other.

Two-color throughout

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With John D\'Agata | 1 edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (February 27, 2012)
9780393340730 | details & prices | 123 pages | 7.00 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.44 lbs | List price $17.95
About: Now a Broadway Play.
With John D\'Agata, Donald J. Richgels, Lea M. McGee | 2nd edition from Allyn & Bacon (May 1, 1995); titled "Literacy''s Beginnings: Supporting Young Readers and Writers"
9780205167326 | details & prices | 460 pages | 7.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $49.33
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