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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Writing Quote: Nonfiction is Usually About Public Figures

The short story writer, playwright, and novelist deal with private life. They deal with ordinary people and elevate these people into our consciousness. The nonfiction writer has traditionally dealt with people in public life, names that are known to us. [This is not always the case. For example, four of my nonfiction books are about ordinary, nonpublic people.]

Gay Talese in Telling True Stories, edited by Wendy Call, 2007 

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