literary fiction

set of works that are claimed to hold literary merit, contrasted with popular, commercial, or genre fiction

In publishing, literary fiction novels are regarded as having more literary merit than most commercial or "genre" fiction. All the same, a number of major literary figures have also written genre fiction, for example, John Banville publishes crime novels as Benjamin Black, and both Doris Lessing and Margaret Atwood have written science fiction. Furthermore, Nobel laureate André Gide stated that Georges Simenon, best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret, was "the most novelistic of novelists in French literature".
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genre: literary fiction



novel by the Irish author James Joyce

author: James Joyce
illustrator: Henri Matisse


The Pale King

novel by David Foster Wallace

author: David Foster Wallace


Telegraph Avenue

Michael Chabon fiction novel

author: Michael Chabon


The Water-Method Man

novel by John Irving

author: John Irving


The Leopard

novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

author: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa


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