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Misery Lit

Misery lit is a genre of biographical literature focused on the protagonist’s triumph over childhood trauma. Such texts typically involve physical or sexual abuse, or neglect, perpetrated by an adult authority figure, like a parent. Often written in the first person, the stories usually culminate in some sort of redemption or escape. Frank McCourt‘s memoir Angela’s Ashes is deemed a seminal work of the genre, although not the first. Which book do most people think originated misery lit? More… Discuss