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Old 08-22-2011, 03:43 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by issybird View Post
I'm nominating People of the Abyss, Jack London's account of living among London slumdwellers at the turn of the last century. It's a deeply effecting, highly shocking tale and influenced Orwell among others. It's in the public domain, so the price is right.
I'll provide the third for this. I wonder if this helped inspire Orwell to write The Road to Wigan Pier?

I'd also like to nominate In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
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If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language … more »and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction.


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