Looking for suggestions: Journalism-literature pairs in late 19th century US

Ellen Gruber Garvey Discussion

I've already posted this query on the literary list, but I'm wondering what people steeped in journalism history might come up with:

I'm focusing a literature course on late-19c US fiction on issues of authorship and publishing, particularly looking at realism through the lens of journalism, and of course probing how magazine publication shaped the publication and reading experience. I'll be using some of Nellie Bly's work, in Jean Lutes's excellent anthology, especially her incognito visit to an insane asylum, and would welcome any suggestions of fictional treatments of the same topic from the period, to compare with. I already plan to teach Ruth Hall, which has a visit to a hospital for the insane 50 or so years earlier, but others would be welcome.

I also plan to pair Stephen Crane's "Stephen Crane's Own Story," his journalistic account of the shipwreck of The Commodore, from the New York Press, with his later fictionalized version, "The Open Boat." First, I'd welcome recommendations of other similar pairings from the period -- i.e., an incident written both as journalism and fiction? Secondly, does anyone know where to find a facsimile of  the story as it appeared in The New York Press? I do have the link to a transcribed copy, but it would be great to show what the page looked like, and I am not seeing it in the usual places.




Ellen Gruber Garvey, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English, New Jersey City University
Author, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance
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