Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nine novels about writers inspired by real-life events

At Bustle Jessica Ferri tagged nine novels about writers inspired by real-life events, including:
The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham’s 1998 novel not only tells the story of Virginia Woolf, but reimagines her characters from her work in the lives of three other people: Samuel, a poet suffering from AIDS, his friend Clarissa, and Laura Brown, a depressed housewife living in Los Angeles in 1949. Obviously inspired by the work and inner struggles of Woolf herself, The Hours is, in many ways, the perfect example of literary-inspired fiction.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Hours is among Philip Hensher's top ten parallel narratives--i.e., novels that track unconnected but related stories.

--Marshal Zeringue