Faction

A.S. Byatt recently attacked 'faction': "I don't like the idea of going into the mind of the real unknown dead," she said, "It feels like the appropriation of others' lives and privacy." I also have misgivings about the ethics of putting words into the mouths of people who aren't around to speak for themselves (or sue!) But as writers can't seem to resist writing novels in which real historical figures are used as characters, let's make a list...
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427 books · 81 voters · list created September 17th, 2009 by Phillip Edwards (votes) .
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message 1: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Feb 07, 2011 10:15AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Interesting. There WAS a time when Byatt herself at least came pretty close to faction writing, too ... (think of The Matisse Stories and The Virgin in the Garden ...)

Ditto, for that matter, The Children's Book!


message 2: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Themis-Athena wrote: "Interesting. There WAS a time when Byatt herself at least came pretty close to faction writing, too ... (think of The Matisse Stories and The Virgin in the Garden ...)

Ditto, for that matter, The ..."


Good point!


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