as-told-to

Related to as-told-to: Truth Be Told

as-told-to

(ăz-tōld′to͞o)
adj. Informal
Written by a professional author based on conversations with the subject: an as-told-to memoir.
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From short fiction, to as-told-to narratives, to illustrated stories, to personal essays, these stories celebrate the strength of heritage and the liveliness of innovation.
It takes its first leap from Canterbury Tales, and it is structured as a set of anonymous "as-told-to" narratives, written up by fourteen differentauthors.
In Kim's, Kourtney's, and Khloe's young adult novel Dollhouse (at least one can only assume, indeed, hope, that this as-told-to teen twaddle was written for young adults and only its absence of illustrations, especially those that can be colored, suggests that it was intended for a reader more mature than the 3-8 set), the narrator expresses a sense of the purposeless ambition of the teenager who is too lazy, too drugged by the opium of fashion and make-up fads, to formulate real goals other than being famous and looking pretty:
With Salvo telling his story to his host and listener (a comic book author, as it turns out), this as-told-to frame narration follows Salvo from quotidian earthling with family and job to the eternal wanderer of time and space; he's looking for his wife and daughter, who end up on a different space-time continuum because of his accidental triggering of an alien time-traveling device.
The book is written almost like an elementary-school primer--a Dick-and-Jane book--made of simple declarative sentences, but it also resembles an "as-told-to" book in that Suzanne, like an athlete or celebrity, tells her stories to the writer, who puts them into formulaic reportage (although in this case, the formula is a magical one):
We also collect first-hand or as-told-to stories -- oral history -- from around the UAE and different neighbouring regions...
Over a two-year period, maverick Southern author Rick Bragg (All Over but the Shoutin') sat down with Jerry Lee Lewis and let the Killer walk "day after day through the past and come back, sometimes bloody, with the stories in this book." Not simply an "as-told-to" memoir, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story (Harper, $27.99, 512 pages, ISBN 9780062078223) is a harmonious blend, with Lewis providing the details of his life and Bragg weaving a narrative around them to add historical and cultural context.
"The truth is, the 'as-told-to' lives (even that of the primogenitor Nick Black Elk) are the margins of Indian history, not the center of it," scholar Elizabeth Cook-Lynn (Crow Creek Lakota) wrote in Anti-Indianism in Modern America.
In doing this work, we also know that "as-told-to" narratives are fraught with complications around translation, power and politics involving "race," education and social location.
Another approach is taken by those who focus on the theme of narrative storytelling itself in this tale, containing as it does oblique references to three different works of twentieth century literature, two novels and an as-told-to biography.