Epistolary Fiction

Fictional tales told through letters, emails, diary entries, etc.
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633 books · 761 voters · list created July 16th, 2008 by Jessica Haider (votes) .
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message 1: by Amy (new)

Amy You know, 84 Charring Cross Road isn't exactly fiction. And yet I voted for it. D'OH!


message 2: by Hazel (last edited Feb 19, 2010 07:26AM) (new)

Hazel Good point, 84 Charing Cross Road is a lovely piece of non-fiction.


message 3: by Kaion (new)

Kaion Was Push epistolary? Gah, my brain is swiss cheese.


message 4: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I think there may be some suggestion that Push is the result of Precious' classwork, so it could be seen as a diary in a way. It's not really in a diary format, though, so it would be pushing the definition a tad.


message 5: by Amy (new)

Amy Hazel wrote: "Good point, 84 Charing Cross Road is a lovely piece of non-fiction."

Amy wrote: "You know, 84 Charring Cross Road isn't exactly fiction. And yet I voted for it. D'OH! "

I have since deleted my vote. :D


message 6: by Stacey (new)

Stacey As a GR librarian, I can delete the title if it's okay with everyone else. Don't want to upset anyone, but yes, 84 Charing Cross Road isn't fiction. :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Go ahead and delete it, Stacey.


message 8: by Julia (new)

Julia Oh, I love epistolary fiction!


message 9: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Deleted 84 Charing Cross Road.


message 10: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten I added a couple of books that are (fictional) diary entries or letters told verbally through a tape recording, such as the Handmaid's Tale. This medium isn't specified in the description, but I assume it counts. :)


message 11: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Wilhelm I loved Glass Castle, but I don't think it's epistolary fiction?


message 12: by ~♡annie♡~ (new)

~♡annie♡~ Anne Frank counts... even though it's not fiction...


message 13: by Debbie (new)

Debbie ~♡Sushi♡~ wrote: "Anne Frank counts... even though it's not fiction..."

Anne Frank should not be on this list, because the list title is "Epistolary Fiction".


message 14: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Deleted 84 Charing Cross Road. Again.


message 15: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa Deleted Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl b/c it's nonfiction.


message 16: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa Would Lolita count? The book is supposed to be Humbert's manuscript.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Anna wrote: "Would Lolita count? The book is supposed to be Humbert's manuscript."

Yes, but that's (to a certain extent) the case with every first person narration. IIRC, Lolita is a hindsight narration in one piece -- I don't recall it having the immediacy and "piecemeal" plot development of a diary or correspondence ...

Debbie and Anna, thanks for deleting a few nonfiction entries. (@Sushi: That BTW includes Anne Frank's diary, which is clearly NOT epistolary fiction.)


message 18: by BookLovingLady (last edited Jan 30, 2015 11:09AM) (new)

BookLovingLady It's being told alright, but I don't remember Wuthering Heights (#14) as being told "through letters, emails, diary entries"? I might be wrong though, as it is an awfully long time since I've read it...


message 19: by Susan (last edited May 01, 2017 07:38PM) (new)

Susan I deleted 84 Charing Cross Road, The Element of Lavishness, and The Letters of Abelard and Heloise because they're all nonfiction.


message 20: by Mike (new)

Mike I don't think The Stranger is epistolary. I'm pretty sure Speak isn't either, but it's been a long time since I read it, it could be wrong. Permission to delete those two?


message 21: by Rosa (new)

Rosa Doesn't epistolary refer only to letters?


message 22: by Lanelle (new)

Lanelle Rosa wrote: "Doesn't epistolary refer only to letters?"

No. According to Wikipedia: "An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic 'documents' such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use."


message 23: by Jan (new)

Jan Priddy Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen by Fay Weldon


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 25: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed The Remains of the Day which is told in first person, but is not epistolary.


message 26: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Booklovinglady wrote: "It's being told alright, but I don't remember Wuthering Heights (#14) as being told "through letters, emails, diary entries"? I might be wrong though, as it is an awfully long time since I've read ..."

I don't recall it being epistolary either. Also I wouldn't call "The Woman in White" epistolary. It has multiple narrators, but I don't consider that the same as epistolary. Multiple narrators doesn't automatically correspond to "diary entries."


message 27: by The other Sandy (new)

The other Sandy Lanelle wrote: "Rosa wrote: "Doesn't epistolary refer only to letters?"

No. According to Wikipedia: "An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic 'documents' such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use.""


According to the Library of Congress, epistolary fiction is: "Fiction written wholly or partially in the form of letters, telegrams, electronic mail messages, instant messages, etc. For fiction written in diary form see Diary fiction."


message 28: by Rosa (new)

Rosa Thank you.


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