misery memoir

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misery memoir

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an autobiographical work in which the author gives an account of hardships he or she has experienced, esp in childhood
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Lynch, however, continues to bring her study up to date by covering the intersecting autobiographies of Nell McCafferty and Nuala O'Faolain, and the spectrum of misery lit from the revered John McGahern to the controversial Frank McCourt.
It gave rise to a whole genre of memoirs of tough childhoods, misery lit. But hardly any of them came near to the literary quality of Angela's Ashes.
They have dedicated shelves for it in bookshops these days, actually entire sections, labelled things like "misery lit" and "inspirational memoirs", piled high with tales of lost childhood and abject misery.