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Friday, August 2, 2019

The Age of the Memoir

This is the age of the memoir. Never have personal narratives gushed so profusely from the American soil as in the closing of the twentieth century. Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone is telling it....Until this decade [1990s] memoir writers tended to stop short of harsh reality, cloaking with modesty their most private and shameful memories. Today no remembered episode is too sorid, no family too dysfunctional, to be trotted out for the wonderment of the masses in books and magazines and on talk shows.

William Zinsser, Inventing the Truth, The Art and Craft of Memoirs, 1998

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