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  Autobiographical novel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An autobiographical novel is a novel based on the life of the author.
To be considered an autobiographical by most standards, there must be a protagonist modeled after the author and a central plotline that mirrors events in his or her life.
Many first novels, as well as novels about intense, private experiences such as war, family conflict or sex, are written as autobiographical novels.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Autobiographical_novel   (677 words)

 War in 'Slaughterhouse Five'
But, if facts are inferred in the novel, like the similarity of Vonnegut to Billy Pilgrim, facts about other characters (specifically the Tralfamadorians), and the themes and structure of the novel, another way of viewing ;this book can be seen that is as an anti war piece of writing.
The novel, "about war and the cruelty and violence in war" (Vit), is written in no particular flow from one event to the next in reference to time, which can also serve as a metaphor for Vonnegut's feelings against war.
According to Novels for Students, this being unstuck in time is "a metaphor for the sense of alienation and dislocation which follows the experience of catastrophic violence (World War II)" (264), and also is "a metaphor for feeling dislocated after war" (264).
www.geocities.com /Hollywood/4953/kv_sh5_war.html   (2167 words)

 A Glossary of Literary Terms
A novel written for children and discerned by one or more of these: (1) a child character or a character a child can identify with, (2) a theme or themes (often didactic) aimed at children, (3) vocabulary and sentence structure available to a young reader.
A novel focusing on the solving of a crime, often by a brilliant detective, and usually employing the elements of mystery and suspense.
That is, whereas most novels flow from beginning to end in a continuous, linear fashion, a hypertext novel can branch--the reader can move from one place in the text to another nonsequential place whenever he wishes to trace an idea or follow a character.
www.virtualsalt.com /litterms.htm   (5144 words)

 Review of Bukharin's How It All Began
For him, the novel is a soft leather sack that can be filled with memoir, history, sociology, political science, and Marxism, all held together by the story of Kolya’s life.
It is difficult to understand or situate this novel within Russian or world literature given the unique and terrible circumstances of its composition.
Decades after his death in an automobile accident, Camus’s unfinished, unedited autobiographical novel of childhood was published by his family.
www.laborstandard.org /New_Postings/Bukharin_Review.htm   (3088 words)

 Sophie Cunningham: Stripped bare: Journalist and former publisher Sophie Cunningham is getting used to talking about ...
Imagine writing a highly autobiographical novel and then when it's published all anyone wants to talk to you about is your personal life to see how closely it correlates with your fiction.
Her second novel is well under way, based on the life of a Russian-American woman who had a glamorous youth, hung out with the Beat poets and ended up as a Buddhist nun in Nepal.
She is well aware of the pitfalls of second novel syndrome, but seems genuinely happy with her life and her decision to write full-time.
www.sophiecunningham.com /archives/000138.html   (925 words)

 Novel Autobiography by a Leader of the Workers Revolution in Russia Imprisoned by Stalin, Bukharin Sings of Childhood ...
Novel Autobiography by a Leader of the Workers Revolution in Russia Imprisoned by Stalin, Bukharin Sings of Childhood on the E
Generally, though, the novel is written from the point of view of the adult looking back on childhood; the reader witnesses not the re-creation of youth but the recollection of it.
The novel is a tour de force of remembrance.
www.marxmail.org /bukharin.htm   (3026 words)

 African American Review: Paule Marshall's 'Brown Girl, Brownstones': reconciling ethnicity and individualism - African ...
What Carole Boyce Davis has said about autobiographical writings by fl women holds true for the semi-autobiographical Brown Girl, Brownstones as well: "The mystified notions of home and family are removed from their romantic, idealized moorings, to speak of pain, movement, difficulty, learning and love in complex ways.
It is thus characterized by dualities: Its protagonist rebels against a communally prescribed ethnic identity and yet comes to a kind of reconciliation with her community(1); the novel harshly criticizes and yet celebrates the Barbadian community.
One strategy by which the novel accomplishes the equal affirmation of individualism and communalism involves Marshall's establishing her heroine as a character a little apart from her family.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2838/is_n2_v32/ai_21059959   (1155 words)

The type of novel that was particularly popular in Victorian England was the novel of youth.
In the simplest sense of the word, a Bildungsroman is a novel of the development of a young man (or in some cases a young woman).
Ultimately the autobiographical elements contribute to a sense of reality within the Bildungsromane, but the Bildungsromane are novels, and therefore, fiction.
www.umd.umich.edu /casl/hum/eng/classes/434/geweb/ENGLBILD.htm   (1547 words)

 The Autobiographical Novel of Co-Consciousness - A new book from the University Press of Florida
In a comparative study, Galya Diment draws a novel comparison between two giants of Modernism and a relatively obscure nineteenth-century Russian Realist, claiming that the three writers all reinvented the idea of duality in literature.
Defining co-consciousness as the means by which writers fictionalize what appear to be equally conscious sides of their personalities, she argues that this concept is the telling distinction between these three "divided-they-stand" writers and the "divided-they-fall" approach of other celebrated masters of the double.
The author discusses at some length the extent to which the concept of "simultaneous consciousness" is psychologically valid, and she pays considerable attention to the dual nature of the periods that formed each writer's sensibilities.
www.upf.com /archive/diment.html   (386 words)

 Hausarbeiten.de: Kovic, Ron - Born on the Fourth of July - Ron Kovic`s autobiographical novel - a convincing example of ...
Concerning the stylistic elements of the novel, it should be especially focused on the style of language and the change of point of view throughout the story.
Generally speaking, the novel "Born on the Fourth of July" written by Ron Kovic is a convincing example of an anti-war novel.
Therefore, the novel is a significant contribution to the anti-war literature.
www.hausarbeiten.de /faecher/hausarbeit/enc/21409.html   (3449 words)

 Davis High Media Center
A realistic novel in which a young wife is bored with her husband.
A Victorian novel in which the happiness and marriage of Tess and her husband are destroyed because she confesses to him that she bore a child as the result of a forced sexual relationship with her employer's son.
A novel that focuses on the role of male domination and the frustration of the fl woman's struggle for independence.
www.davis.k12.ut.us /DHS/library/larson.htm   (3230 words)

 African-American Literature
The novels dealt with the theme of individuality and identity during a time period when success of life was marked by possessions of a house, car, T.V., home appliances, and a white face.
African-American authors, like authors of any other color, write about their experiences, and therefore many of their novels include elements dealing strictly with the African-American lifestyle because, in the words of Addison Gayle Jr., "To evaluate the life and culture of fl people, it is necessary that one live the fl experience" (Popkin N. pag.).
As the novel progresses, Invisible Man takes off one blindfold right after the other and becomes aware of who he is, his identity, and what the real motives of the Brotherhood are.
www.fcps.k12.va.us /westspringfieldhs/projects/im98/im981/lit.htm   (1314 words)

 SparkNotes: A Death in the Family: Context
The novel is autobiographical in the sense that it is about the death of Agee's father.
In writing the novel, Agee not only attempts to capture the relationship between himself and his father, but also to evoke a time when his family was in a state of tension between the rural past and the urban future.
There is considerable evidence to support the claim that the twenty chapters comprising the basic linear narrative of the novel were only a part of a much longer autobiographical work Agee was planning—the sequential narrative would probably have formed the concluding portion of a projected longer novel.
www.sparknotes.com /lit/deathinthefamily/context.html   (616 words)

 Kenny Mostern -- novel in progress   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Except to the extent that all novels are, to an extent, autobiographical -- or more precisely, the reason a writer can sustain the energy to produce a novel over many years is because personal events, ones they may never retell, nevertheless make telling the woven together fictions that form a novel that important to them.
(All marxist novels are family stories set against economic history.) In this period a very particular thing happened to the working class patriarchal family, which is not usefully explained by mainstream feminist thinking, or by those on the right who want to bring back the traditional patriarchy.
Men who entered the workforce with good union manufacturing jobs, or in low level (no college necessary) office positions, did so under the expectation that they, like their fathers, would be paid a "family wage" -- enough money to support their whole families on one income.
www.emergencybroadcastsystem.net /novel.html   (423 words)

 00.01.03: Truth and Identity in Autobiography: Teaching Esmeralda Santiago’s novel When I Was Puerto Rican
In reading the novel, students and teachers alike may want to discuss whether or not Santiago lost her Puerto Rican purity, because the entire novel is about a child’s search for identity.
It is a novel with a purpose, an exercise in self-exploration, identity and culture and a model of successful narrative.
Santiago’s first autobiographical novel that chronicles her experiences as a child in Puerto Rico and her transition into her new life as an immigrant in New York City.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/units/2000/1/00.01.03.x.html   (6982 words)

 Sylvia Plath -- The Bell Jar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The book is based on her own experience yet one has to be careful not to confuse this novel with an autobiography, it has been written with a certain audience and effect in mind, 10 years after the actual events.
In this compelling autobiographical novel, a milestone in contemporary literature, Sylvia Plath chronicles her teenage years - her disappointments, anger, depression and eventual breakdown and treatment - with stunning wit and devastating honesty.
An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath's own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, The Bell Jar is more than a confessional novel, it is a comic but painful statement of what happens to a woman's aspirations in a society that refuses to take them seriously...
www.sylviaplath.de /plath/belljar.html   (455 words)

 Reading Group Guide | THE FIRST MAN by Albert Camus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The incomplete manuscript of The First Man, which Camus had referred to as "the novel of my maturity," was found in a mud-spattered briefcase near the wreckage of the car in which Camus died in January of 1960, when he was forty-six.
Partly a novel of childhood and partly an epic narrative of his beloved Algeria, The First Man was intended to re-create Camus's homeland-- then still a colony in a traumatic struggle for independence-- for the mainland French.
In the novel, how is the mother's identity fixed by the loss of her husband in the French forces in World War I? What happens when a potential lover enters the household?
www.readinggroupguides.com /guides/first_man.asp   (1439 words)

 Help!!! - The David Copperfield Community
It may be Dickens 's most autobiographical novel, which is given the close connection between the lives of Copperfield and Dickens.
It is loosely autobiographical because David Copperfield's life was a veiled image of the author's life, though the novel still maintains the potent themes that made Dickens famous.
Murdstone was considered one of the important 'villains' of the novel because of his cruel and vindictive manner towards the other characters.
www.ellopos.net /communities/display_topic_threads.asp?ForumID=2&TopicID=203   (2199 words)

 You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe: A Book Review - Literary Fiction
In the novel George Webber writes a book about his small home town that he grew up in and then left, and after the book's publication the town's people are so mad at him that he feels he can never go home again without facing their wrath and resentment.
The novel shows the social decay of this era and emptiness which envades American citizens' hearts when they realize that all the money they put so much worth in is nothingness now.
Be aware of a lot of sexism and rascism throughout this novel, which shows the time period it was written in and hopefully shows us how far we have come- if not in reality, at least in the art of writing.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art10968.asp   (434 words)

 Likha - blog: the art of learning - Is your first novel semi-autobiographical?
John Grisham's first novel, A TIME TO KILL, is a legal thriller whose protagonist, Jake Brigance, is a struggling, young and idealistic Mississippi lawyer.
Amy Tan, born in California to Chinese immigrant parents, in her first novel, JOY LUCK CLUB, told the story of four Chinese mothers in San Francisco and their relationship with their Americanised daughters.
I know your novel is probably about a lot more than prostitution, but I can't get Memeng out of my head.
www.zarinadocken.com /blog/2004/4/13/is-your-first-novel-semi-autobiographical.html   (1830 words)

 Albert Camus [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
He was at the height of his career, at work on an autobiographical novel, planning new projects for theatre, film, and television, and still seeking a solution to the lacerating political turmoil in his native Algeria, when he died tragically in an automobile accident in January, 1960.
The Plague (1947) — Set in the coastal town of Oran, Camus’ second novel is the story of an outbreak of plague, traced from its subtle, insidious, unheeded beginnings through its horrible, all-encompassing, and seemingly inescapable dominion to its eventual climax and decline, all told from the viewpoint of one of the survivors.
Camus made no effort to conceal the fact that his novel was partly based on and could be interpreted as an allegory or parable of the rise of Nazism and the nightmare of the Occupation.
www.iep.utm.edu /c/camus.htm   (8469 words)

 The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum - Literature
I wrote about China, Central Asia etc. That’s a distinction from the purely autobiographical novel or the novel that is nostalgic about India.
The protagonist of the second novel is a bisexual and I am not bisexual.
Naipaul famously declared the death of the novel many years ago saying the novel had served its purpose and had no context in our world today.
www.tribuneindia.com /2003/20030323/spectrum/book6.htm   (1129 words)

 Amazon.ca: My Home Is Far Away: An Autobiographical Novel: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Dawn Powell (1896 -1965) wrote novels about her youth in small town Ohio at the turn of the century and about New York City, where she spent most of her adult life.
Her earlier Ohio novels, such as "Dance Night" and "Come Back to Sorrento", are marked, I think, by a depiction of small town life which is critical and bittersweet, as well as somewhat satirical, and by a restlessness and sense of frustration,...
The book appears in the midst of her New York novels, and it is a throwback in to her earlier books with its setting in Ohio, its focus on childhood, and its bittersweet tone.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/1883642434   (1638 words)

Lost on its way to the publisher in 1928, the novel had to be re-written from memory (Ostrovskij had made only one copy of the manuscript), and was rejected three years later on the basis of the “unreality” of its characters.
Only when it was re-submitted yet another time to a different editor, did the novel finally come to print, the publication of Part 1, in fragmented form, taking almost the whole of 1932.
Thus, it was no longer possible to distinguish between the two, and some did not try: Ostrovskij’s wife, in her biography, instead of telling the story of her marriage with Nikolaj, quotes a passage directly from the novel instead—for her, the fictional narrative comes closer to representing the truth than her own words.
aatseel.org /program/aatseel/2000/abstract-40.html   (431 words)

 Camus' Hero of the Absurd
In the autobiographical novel, the author possesses an added direction and vision to his work that the reader may neither suspect nor that he is privy to.
Yet this personal and autobiographical stake in a work of literature is an aspect of the creative process that ought to be immune from the ire of the critic.
His novels are replete with reverence for the sun and its effects on the Algerian people and their way of life.
www.friesian.com /gonzalez.htm   (7221 words)

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