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.
I am not, in any way at all, suggesting that I am not grateful for having been protected from suffering any of the terrible ordeals that the people in the misery lit department have had to endure, and I do not intend to belittle their hardship.