If you’re looking for the Apple Pie I promised you today [Friday], you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow. I had totally planned on switching back and forth between Weekend Cooking and Literary Blog Hop on Fridays as I’m not a fan of posting on Saturdays, but I couldn’t pass up this week’s topic of “Literary Non-Fiction." One of these days I'll convince all those non-believers that non-fiction can be fabulous.
Does Literary Non-Fiction exist? Well sure! And how does one define Literary Non-Fiction? That’s a little more complicated.
I haven’t really wanted to pin myself down to a definition of “literary” because it’s one of those nebulous terms that tends to change and morph depending on the conversation. I’m not even really sure I’d define “literary” the same way for non-fiction as I would for fiction. But, in a very basic sense, “literary” to me is when authors make conscious stylistic choices for a more aesthetic feel to a book. How about that. A vague description for a vague word.
How does that translate to non-fiction? Memoirs and exposés immediately come to my mind--especially as authors are trying to find creative ways of telling their story. Some examples (links to my thoughts):
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
A Rumor of War - Philip Caputo
The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
What do you see as being "literary" non-fiction?
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