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1. The category of literature, drama, film, or other creative work, including essays, expository prose, and documentaries, whose content is based on fact and is not imagined.
a. Works in this category: I've read her novels but not her nonfiction.
b. A work in this category: the nonfictions of V.S. Naipaul.

non·fic′tion, non·fic′tion·al adj.
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Adj.1.nonfictional - not fictional
fictional - related to or involving literary fiction; "clever fictional devices"; "a fictional treatment of the train robbery"
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Likewise, Helena Woodard's fascinating new historicist "The Two Marys (Prince and Shelley) on the Textual Meeting Ground of Race, Gender, and Genre" places Mary Shelley's "ghost-story" Frankenstein next to Mary Prince's "ghost-written" slave narrative to reveal how Shelley's fictional work "functions as an ethnographic reading of Prince's nonfictional work." Debra Walker King boldly reads Our Nig within and against the conventions of the slave narrative and the sentimental novel in "Harriet Wilson's Our Nig: The Demystification of Sentiment," an essay certain to be much discussed and cited as the scholarship on the text develops.
The nonfictional The Sexual Outlaw (1977) is Rechy's "prose documentary" of three days and nights in the sexual underground.
An integral part of Kuraev's narrative style is his frequent digressions, as he mixes fictional and nonfictional scenes and steps into the story to comment on events and characters.
Among his nonfictional works are Journal in Jail (1840); Women, in All Ages and Nations (1849); and his astute Forty Years of American Life, 1821-61 (2 v.
In addition to providing the latest statements on this debate by both sides, this volume also includes two important features: new work extending the concept into previously underexplored areas, such as nonfictional narrative and multiple implied authors, and producing a number of readings of specific texts that try to show the precise difference the concept makes or fails to make.
Best known of her fictional works is The Return of the Soldier, a slim and teachable novella about three women and a shellshocked soldier in an English country house; but her nonfictional meditations on treason, totalitarianism, and war crimes are at least as compelling.
HERMIONE LEE'S introduction to The Afterlife calls Penelope Fitzgerald an avatar of "reticence, quietness, and self-obliteration" who says "unsettling things in a matter-of-fact way." This truth pertains to Fitzgerald's nonfictional prose as vividly as it does to her fiction.
Burnett's goal is to take an evenhanded approach to the various literary accounts (both fictionalized and allegedly nonfictional) of Turner's life and revolt, starting with Thomas R.
In past columns I have expressed an interest in receiving and publishing more work on narratives in languages other than English, and on nonfictional narratives.
As the AMA's involvement suggests, much of the "business of the physician," as Mitchell called it (Doctor 131), involved plotting the body to establish a position of cultural authority from which to narrate social change.(15) In his own writings (both fictional and nonfictional), Mitchell diagnoses the social as well as physical body - dispensing medical judgments, literary advice (he was "offended" by the realism of Norris and Dreiser), and rules about public etiquette.
Britling Sees It Through (1916) and the nonfictional Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945).
"The basic premise behind Of Literature and Knowledge is that the capacity of literary fictions for generating nonfictional knowledge owes to their capacity for doing what philosophy and science do--generating thought experiments."