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Artful Truths: The Philosophy of Memoir

Helena de Bres


This book provides a concise and comprehensive guide to the fundamental philosophical questions that arise when writing a literary work about one’s own life. What is memoir? Is all memoir ultimately fiction? Should memoirists aim to tell the truth, and if so, what kind of truth, how much of it, and why? What do memoirists owe the people they write about? What value does memoir have, for writers, readers and others? In addressing these questions, the book delves into a wide range of issues in philosophy, including the definition of literature, the nature of the self, the limits of knowledge, th ... More

Keywords: memoir, autobiography, writing, literature, philosophy, truth, fiction, ethics, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226788135
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226793948.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helena de Bres, author
Wellesley College