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Ned Stuckey-French’s “send up” of John D’Agata


If you’ve been following the fact-vs.-fiction controversy spurred by John D’Agata’s recent book, The Lifespan of a Fact (written with fact-checker Jim Fingal), you’ll enjoy the “Dear John” letter penned by Ned Stuckey-French that is currently posted on the Brevity blog at this link:


Stuckey-French, who has written extensively on the essay form and whose most recent book is titled Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time, weaves humor into his criticism of D’Agata’s effort to define the boundaries of the “lyric essay.”


Ned Stuckey-French makes an excellent point about essays as a literary genre


Just a quick note to point out a wonderful guest blog post at the Brevity Blog by Ned Stuckey-French: The Essay as Red-Headed Stepchild.

As the bio at the end of the post notes: “Ned Stuckey-French teaches essay-writing and modern American literature at Florida State University. He is the author of The American Essay in the American Century (University of Missouri Press, 2011) and, with Carl Klaus, is the editor of Essayists on the Essays: Montaigne to Our Time (forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press, March 2012).”

I couldn’t agree more with Ned’s post. Essayists, what do you think?…