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It was not so much a biography as a series of vignettes from her life.
  a brief bit of writing, acting, or music — often meant to be representative of a larger work
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  • It was not so much a biography as a series of vignettes from her life.
  • The film lacks cohesiveness, but has a string of amusing vignettes.
  • When the photo of the young woman who was me was snapped, I still called myself a poet, though I’d been writing stories since grammar school.  I’d gravitated back to fiction while in the Iowa poetry workshop. Poetry, as it was taught at Iowa, was a house of cards, a tower of ideas, but I can’t communicate an idea except through a story.
    The woman I am in the photo was working on a series of vignettes, little by little, along with her poetry.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • I must now set down a brief vignette, which I have tried to refashion from the outpouring of Sophie’s memories as she talked to me that summer weekend.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • In the vignettes and other embellishments of some ancient books you will at times meet with very curious touches at the whale, where all manner of spouts, jets d’eau, hot springs and cold, Saratoga and Baden-Baden, come bubbling up from his unexhausted brain.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In the Council of Ministers the question was agitated whether vignettes representing slack-rope performances, which adorned Franconi’s advertising posters, and which attracted throngs of street urchins, should be tolerated.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In it were vignettes, poems and stories.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • At each place was a menu printed in French, with golden vignettes.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • They were pictures of lovers in lonely parks, with vignettes of hearts pierced with arrows and golden ribbons held by doves.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The words in these introductory pages connected themselves with the succeeding vignettes, and gave significance to the rock standing up alone in a sea of billow and spray; to the broken boat stranded on a desolate coast; to the cold and ghastly moon glancing through bars of cloud at a wreck just sinking.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • Instead of attending to mass, she looked at the pious vignettes with their azure borders in her book, and she loved the sick lamb, the sacred heart pierced with sharp arrows, or the poor Jesus sinking beneath the cross he carries.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Dark vignettes of wood went by to right and left.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • And, indeed, there are many others which look best when seen in this way, and I can call to mind vignettes of housetops with surmounting steeples in quite another category of art than those formed by the dreary streets of Combray.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • In the final vignette of their act, they actually would kiss in midair, pausing, almost hovering as they swooped past one another.
    Louise Erdrich  --  The Leap
  • It was a mere head and shoulders, done in what is technically termed a vignette manner; much in the style of the favorite heads of Sully.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  MS. Found in a Bottle
  • But of all that Abigail wrote of life en famille in the house at Auteuil, perhaps the most memorable vignette was in a letter to her niece Lucy Cranch, dated January 5, 1785.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • So they had gone at their subjects with metronomes, serpents, Brechtian vignettes at midnight, surgical removal of certain glands, magic-lantern hallucinations, new drugs, threats recited over hidden loudspeakers, hypnotism, clocks that ran backward, and faces.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • There was the set of Stoddard’s Lectures, in all its late nineteenth-century vocabulary and vignettes of peasant life and quaint beliefs and customs, with matching halftone illustrations: Vesuvius erupting, Venice by moonlight, gypsies glimpsed by their campfires.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Ask Shameeka World Civ: questions at end of Chapter 9 G & T: none French: pour demain, une vignette culturelle Biology: none Tuesday Night Grandm"re says Tina Hakim Baba sounds like a much better friend for me than Lilly Moscovitz.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • But I would risk speculating further on this because of a vignette which Sophie added to her story a short while later.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He mailed it in an envelope with the mourning vignettes that were de rigueur for a letter to a recent widow, and with no return address on the back.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I saw at once that the peculiarities of the design, of the vignetting, and of the frame, must have instantly dispelled such idea—must have prevented even its momentary entertainment.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  MS. Found in a Bottle
  • When they became daily letters, moreover, he replaced the envelopes that had mourning vignettes with long white envelopes, and this gave them the added impersonality of business letters.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • …three days before school reopened, Aunt Escolastica went to the telegraph office to ask how much it cost to send a telegram to Piedras de Moler, a village that did not even appear on the list of places served by the telegraph, and she allowed Florentino Ariza to attend her as if she had never seen him before, but when she left she pretended to forget a breviary covered in lizard skin, leaving it on the counter, and in it there was an envelope made of linen paper with golden vignettes.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • On his death, the press recalled the forgotten incident of the Poetic Festival and reprinted the sonnet with a Modernist vignette of fleshy maidens and gold cornucopias, and the guardian angels of poetry took advantage of the opportunity to clarify matters: the sonnet seemed so bad to the younger generation that no one could doubt any longer that it had, in fact, been composed by the dead Chinese.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Provided with a case of pencils, and some sheets of paper, I used to take a seat apart from them, near the window, and busy myself in sketching fancy vignettes, representing any scene that happened momentarily to shape itself in the ever-shifting kaleidoscope of imagination: a glimpse of sea between two rocks; the rising moon, and a ship crossing its disk; a group of reeds and water-flags, and a naiad’s head, crowned with lotus-flowers, rising out of them; an elf sitting in a…
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
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