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On Writing Well Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part III: Chapter 11 Nonfiction as Literature Summary

William Zinsser
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Part III: Chapter 11 Nonfiction as Literature Summary

Literature was at one time considered to be the great novels, but since World War II, literature includes nonfiction due to the changing tastes of readers and the development of nonfiction style. Magazines that once featured fiction have reduced the presence to a few stories once in a while, and many other magazines carry nothing but nonfiction.

An attitude exists today that writers are interested mainly in the old definition of literature, while the truth is that writers are interested in writing well, whether the kind of writing is fiction or nonfiction. The effect of this has been to raise another attitude, and that is the modern respect that nonfiction writers have earned, as opposed to an earlier view that all nonfiction is journalism, and journalism is not a respectable form of writing.

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