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

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The Art of Fielding

book by Chad Harbach

author: Chad Harbach

2011

The Piazza Tales

book by Herman Melville

author: Herman Melville

1856

Lord of Misrule

book by Jaimy Gordon

author: Jaimy Gordon

2010

Reef

book by Romesh Gunesekera

author: Romesh Gunesekera

1995

Mother London

book by Michael Moorcock

author: Michael Moorcock

1988

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