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as in: Narrative of the Life of... Define
a story
  • He titled his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
  • It’s an interesting narrative about her first year in college.

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  • Her narrative was written in Spanish.
  • The effect of a religious profession on the conduct of southern masters is vividly described in the following Narrative,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Your narrative promises to be a most interesting one.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I shall soon be in the position of being able to put into a single connected narrative one of the most singular and sensational crimes of modern times.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I should mention here that even though I have used only Miss Jane’s voice throughout the narrative, there were times when others carried the story for her.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • In this narrative of mine I have departed from my usual practice of reporting only those incidents and scenes at which I myself was present.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Frederic Ingham, the "I" of the narrative, is supposed to be a retired officer of the United States Navy.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
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as in: a class about narrative writing Define
related to a story or the telling of it
  • The class teaches narrative technique.
  • My assignment is to write a narrative essay based on an experience in my life.

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  • It is a narrative poem.
  • We’re studying narrative point of view and voice in my writing class.
  • My teacher is encouraging me to add some common narrative time transitions and phrases to make it easier for the reader to understand my story’s timeline.
  • In fact it would be narratively satisfying, she considered.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
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as in: They advanced their narrative. Define
an underlying story that fits or advances a way of thinking--such as a political philosophy
  • Her political narrative is that it is heroic to vote for her to save the country from big business interests that are destroying the middle class.
  • Narratives, metaphors, and one-line explainers are central to any political campaign.

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  • It’s one of her favorite stories because people relate to it and it advances the narrative that government programs started with good intentions often hurt the very people they’re supposed to help.
  • Don’t fall for their false narrative.
  • Story structure provides political narratives with their power.
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  • A client’s life often depends on his lawyer’s ability to create a mitigation narrative that contextualizes his poor decisions or violent behavior.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I may have exaggerated my brave defense against Cade and Mikey—just for narrative effect, you understand.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • Why would a master of narrative stop his narrative dead before it has much chance to begin generating?
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The general interrupted once more with questions; while the prince again replied with the narrative we have heard before.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • "But you haven’t told me what you were thinking of when I came in," he said, interrupting his narrative; "please tell me!"
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Mrs. Henry van der Luyden listened in silence to her cousin Mrs. Archer’s narrative.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • My own story was never written, but the following narrative is Jim’s manuscript, substantially as he brought it to me.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • "They are immensely holy, no doubt," said Aziz, to help on the narrative.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Here Mr. Macey paused; he always gave his narrative in instalments, expecting to be questioned according to precedent.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • There was no narrative voice.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise

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  • She ceased her narrative, and when he made no immediate comment, she thought at first that the story had put him to sleep.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • It appeared that the narrative he had promised to read us really required for a proper intelligence a few words of prologue.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Out of fire grew narrative.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • In this narrative I have therefore designated myself as William Wilson,—a fictitious title not very dissimilar to the real.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • Of the fate of his antagonist he said no more, it not being usual for a warrior to boast in his more direct and useful narratives.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • There were a few other peculiarities about this dwelling, which will better appear in the course of the narrative.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • There were one or two others, of different mould, whose descriptions must however be referred to the regular course of the narrative.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Stillwell paused in his narrative to get breath, and he wiped his moist brow.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • NEW FRIENDS Shefford ended his narrative out of breath, pale, and dripping with sweat.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • A significant silence fell upon the group at the conclusion of Wood’s narrative.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • A call from the mate interrupted the gory narrative, and Harrison went aft.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • "Grospierre was at the gate, keeping good watch," began Bibot, pompously, as the crowd closed in round him, listening eagerly to his narrative.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Your four versions of the same narrative, perfectly consistent by and large, established your personal identities for me.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The following narrative was found among his papers by the undersigned, his nephew and heir, but unaccompanied by any definite request for publication.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Impatiently Yussie summarized his narrative, nor bothered to switch tongue.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Hans Castorp was listening to this narrative with edgy bemusement.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • This is a rather technical narrative, centering on complex issues of science.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • He also proposes . But perhaps the time has come to drop preliminaries and cautionary remarks and to launch into the narrative proper.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Leaning forward, Ginnarr continued his brother’s narrative.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • He was tedious in the narrative, speaking with the solemn countenance and lifeless manner of a dull man.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • In our narrative, Martin Dugard and I go only as far as the evidence takes us.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • She would not hear of staying a second longer: in truth, I felt rather disposed to defer the sequel of her narrative myself.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The greatest attention of all to Boris’ narrative was shown by Helene.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As if this narrative were the narrative of MY life!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • These narratives were frequently the theme of conversation between Luigi and Teresa.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • To-morrow, if you will, I will hear your narrative; but to-day I wish to nurse you carefully.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He had eaten no food since midday, he told me early in his narrative, and I found some mutton and bread in the pantry and brought it into the room.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • But let the reader be warned: I interrupt McCandless’s story with fragments of a narrative drawn from my own youth.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • If he closely imitates the narratives which he has before rendered successful, he is doomed to "wonder that they please no more."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • They pointed out the limitations of the narrative form.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • She plunged at once into a lengthy narrative.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • And a more strange narrative than the two between them unfold it has not been my lot to come across.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Each split-level contained a narrative.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I followed it up; stepping with all the careful distrust with which certain antique narratives had inspired me.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • FOR the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • m., I felt I had a better narrative arc; maybe it would work.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Title: Billy Budd, Sailor (An inside narrative) Author: Herman Melville Chapter 1.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The Parsee’s narrative only confirmed Mr. Fogg and his companions in their generous design.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • At the end of my narrative I said there were issues that I wanted us to examine.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
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