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By Finn J.D. John
The Chronicle 

Oregon's literary legacy is built on a 'True Confession' novel

 

October 3, 2019

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A typical issue of True Confessions magazine. This is the literary genre of the first book published in Oregon.

In the world of literary works, there is a definite hierarchy. It's occupied at the high end by the kind of subtle and masterful works that get raved about by New York book reviewers and short-listed for the Nobel and Booker prizes; and the low end is solidly anchored by paperback porn.

One or two notches up from porn – running neck-and-neck for the distinction with true-crime novels, and several notches below "trashy" romances – is the genre known as True Confession.

True Confessions stories are not in great vogue today, because modern culture is a lot more forgiving of the sort of t...



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