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Faction (Literary Term)

Faction (Literary Term):
  • A portmanteau word of "fact" & "fiction".
  • Denotes literary works that present factual contents in the form of a fictional novel.
  • Typically seen in historical novels.
  • Used also by journalists - though the preferred term is 'New Journalism'.
  • Different from the main definition of a conspiratorial group within a divided organization.
Faction Examples (Authors):
  • Alex Haley
  • Beryl Bainbridge
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth - successful faction writer in the 12th century.
  • Norman Mailer
  • Truman Capote
Faction Examples (Books):
  • According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge - describes the last few years of Samuel Johnson's life.
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley.
  • The Armies of the Night (1968) by Norman Mailer.
Tags: Alex Haley - Author - Beryl Bainbridge - Fact - Faction - Fiction - Geoffrey of Monmouth - Literary Term - Norman Mailer - Novel - Organization - Portmanteau - Roots - Samuel Johnson - Truman Capote
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