A report on Nonfiction

Any document or media content that attempts, in good faith, to provide accurate information regarding a real-world topic.

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Narrative

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A narrative, story or tale is any account of a series of related events or experiences, whether nonfictional (memoir, biography, news report, documentary, travelogue, etc.) or fictional (fairy tale, fable, legend, thriller, novel, etc.).

An illustration from Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the fictional protagonist, Alice, playing a fantastical game of croquet.

Fiction

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Any creative work, chiefly any narrative work, portraying individuals, events, or places in ways that are imaginary or inconsistent with history, fact, or plausibility.

Any creative work, chiefly any narrative work, portraying individuals, events, or places in ways that are imaginary or inconsistent with history, fact, or plausibility.

An illustration from Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the fictional protagonist, Alice, playing a fantastical game of croquet.

In contrast to fiction, creators of non-fiction works assume responsibility for presenting only the historical and factual truth.

Title page of Henry Thoreau's memoir, Walden (1854)

Memoir

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Title page of Henry Thoreau's memoir, Walden (1854)
An excerpt from the manuscript "Memoires on Napoleon's campaigns, experienced as a soldier of the second regiment", written by Joseph Abbeel, 1805-1815.

A memoir is any nonfiction narrative writing based in the author's personal memories.

Rhetorical modes

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The rhetorical modes (also known as modes of discourse) are a long-standing attempt to broadly classify the major kinds of language-based communication, particularly writing and speaking, into narration, description, exposition, and argumentation.

The rhetorical modes (also known as modes of discourse) are a long-standing attempt to broadly classify the major kinds of language-based communication, particularly writing and speaking, into narration, description, exposition, and argumentation.

In other nonfiction contexts (such as technical communication), the purpose is to teach and inform.

A page of a birth register for Jews from 1859

Document

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A page of a birth register for Jews from 1859

A document is a written, drawn, presented, or memorialized representation of thought, often the manifestation of non-fictional, as well as fictional, content.

Third Volume of a 1727 edition of Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans printed by Jacob Tonson

Biography

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Detailed description of a person's life.

Detailed description of a person's life.

Third Volume of a 1727 edition of Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans printed by Jacob Tonson
Einhard as scribe
John Foxe's The Book of Martyrs, was one of the earliest English-language biographies.
James Boswell wrote what many consider to be the first modern biography, The Life of Samuel Johnson, in 1791.
Eminent Victorians set the standard for 20th century biographical writing, when it was published in 1918.

Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life.

Outline of fiction

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Provided as an overview of and topical guide to fiction:

Provided as an overview of and topical guide to fiction:

In contrast to this is non-fiction, which deals exclusively in factual events (e.g.: biographies, histories).

Prose

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Form of written or spoken language that typically exhibits a natural flow of speech and grammatical structure.

Form of written or spoken language that typically exhibits a natural flow of speech and grammatical structure.

Many types of prose exist, which include those used in works of nonfiction, prose poem, alliterative prose and prose fiction.

Creative nonfiction

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Genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives.

Genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives.

Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as academic or technical writing or journalism, which are also rooted in accurate fact though not written to entertain based on prose style.

Factual television

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Factual television is a genre of non-fiction television programming that documents actual events and people.