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Well, I agree with much of what you say, while I also recognize that the entire non-fiction genre did not begin with the criteria you lay out. Capote is the one who coined the term, and his book contains a great many writing techniques that veer away from the criteria you lay out.

I guess the point I was trying to get at is this: questions about a book's fictionality or non-fictionality (whatever that is) are not the most important questions a reader may ask when they pick up a text.

by Upstate NY on Wed Aug 9th, 2006 at 10:35:22 PM EST
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