literary work

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Noun1.literary work - imaginative or creative writingliterary work - imaginative or creative writing  
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
acrostic - verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
belles lettres, belles-lettres - creative writing valued for esthetic content
dialog, dialogue - a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people; "he has read Plato's Dialogues in the original Greek"
fiction - a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
fictionalisation, fictionalization - a literary work based partly or wholly on fact but written as if it were fiction
hagiology - literature narrating the lives (and legends) of the saints
lucubration - a solemn literary work that is the product of laborious cogitation
pastoral - a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
potboiler - a literary composition of poor quality that was written quickly to make money (to boil the pot)
tushery - writing of poor quality; characterized by affected choice of archaic words
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This hymn, as a literary work, is one of the finest in the collection.
Sergey Ivanovitch's position was still more difficult from the fact that, since he had finished his book, he had had no more literary work to do, such as had hitherto occupied the greater part of his time.
His interest, after all, is, consistently, that of the moralist (in no narrow sense) who deals, from predilection, with the sort of literary work which stirs men--stirs their intellect-- through feeling; and with that literature, especially, as looked at through the means by which it became capable of thus commanding men.
appreciation of each literary work as a product of Fine Art, appealing with peculiar power both to our minds and to our emotions, not least to the sense of Beauty and the whole higher nature.
His favorite companions were his grandchildren, with whom he delighted to pass his time, and his devoted wife, who was a constant assistant and adviser in his literary work, chiefly done at this period for his own amusement.
That's why, intending to be in Venice some weeks, possibly all summer, and having some literary work, some reading and writing to do, so that I must be quiet, and yet if possible a great deal in the open air-- that's why I have felt that a garden is really indispensable.
He asked her why she did not try her hand at literary work of a better sort, but she knew that she had no talent, and the abominable stuff she turned out by the thousand words was not only tolerably paid, but was the best she could do.
He found other literary work to do, and soon, although he was still poor, he had enough money to make it possible for his wife to join him in London.
A literary work, usually a story that is not true, creeping through several issues of a newspaper or magazine.
I find here in all their literary works but a single tense, the present.
Alexander looks at the literary work of these two people, but more specifically uses their courtship and marriage as representative of the African American middle-class at the turn of the 20th century.
The point remains that an advanced knowledge of the happenings taking place within a literary work may actually enhance the essential experience conveyed by the work, for the responsiveness of the audience to that experience is in direct ratio, not to their degree of ignorance concerning the sequence of events within the story, but to their capability for apprehending the immediate dramatic presentation, be it children's book or classical tragedy.