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first person
as in:  written in first person


It is a first-person essay.
  grammatical technique of telling a story using the pronouns "I" (singular) or "we" (plural)
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Strongly Associated with:   third person
Notes:
"First person" contrasts with "second person" (you) and "third person" (he/she/they).

Famous novels written in first person include "Catcher in the Rye", "The Great Gatsby", "Moby Dick", "Huckleberry Finn". Note that first person can be the main character or a minor character and the first person’s narrative may not be limited to what the character could know.

First person is also used to describe the perspective of a film or video game that shows action as though seen through the eyes of a character or player.
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Samples:
  • It is a first-person essay.
  • Or if you turn into one of those girlfriends, always ponying around after her boyfriend, and speaking in the first-person plural.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • ’We had to write a story with a first-person narrator, and we could pick anyone,’ the boy said.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • By letting Odysseus tell his story in first-person narrative, Homer goes a long way towards solving the problem of inserting into a heroic poem unheroic material that has no business there.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • After a moment, he’s surprised to find his thoughts racing backward to an in-class writing assignment on his first day of school last fall-a first-person autobiography in Wheelock’s class.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The editors demanded that I write two stories, one about the hunt itself, and a first-person story about what happened to me, one that could only make me look like an idiot.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • A year before, I had published a piece in The New York Times Magazine, a first-person account of my rape.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Anything written in the first person in Deborah Lacks’s voice is a quote of her speaking, edited for length and occasionally clarity.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • It seemed natural that Mr. Patel’s story should be told mostly in the first person—in his voice and through his eyes.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I observed that the latter always spoke of himself indefinitely, as ’a man’, and seldom or never in the first person singular.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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  • This progress you will see easily in that old English ballad TURPIN HERO which begins in the first person and ends in the third person.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The Institute was a universe in love with the first person plural, the shout of the uniformed mob, which gave the school its fundamental identity, the source of its strength and invulnerability.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And being now so violently disappointed in the woman whom, at the maid’s instance, he had mistaken for his wife, it never once entered into his head that she might nevertheless be in the house, though he had erred in the first person he had attacked.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • ’Ah! it’s me, and me’s the first person singular, nominative case, agreeing with the verb "it’s", and governed by Squeers understood, as a acorn, a hour; but when the h is sounded, the a only is to be used, as a and, a art, a ighway,’ replied Mr Squeers, quoting at random from the grammar.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Trying for my utmost, I wrote it in the first person.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Another is the use of /will/ instead of /shall/ in the first person future.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Worse yet is an occasional use of the first person singular in such a way as to suggest that I might have control.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The profile always featured a photograph of the dog, its name, and a brief description, written as if the dog were speaking in the first person, making its own best case.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • But, says he, I think it would be better if I told them in the first person, as if it were myself who had gone through them; which, indeed, will be the easier and more natural to me, since I understand the feelings and desires of the comrade of whom I am telling better than any one else in the world does.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • First person singular, I do not care; second person singular, thou dost not care; third person singular, she does not care,’ returned Tom.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • And before we blame Homer for being careless, we should bear in mind that this is only the second of the tales he puts into Odysseus’ mouth, and he has not yet quite mastered the difficult art of first-person narrative.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • First-person singular or plural.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • The explanation must be that this is first-person narrative not quite perfectly handled, with the arch-narrator Homer making the fictional narrator Odysseus know things that he cannot possibly know, a fault that novelists were sometimes to be guilty of.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • No self-respecting American, I daresay, would defend /ain’t/ as a substitute [Pg146] for /isn’t/, say in "he /ain’t/ the man," and yet /ain’t/ is already tolerably respectable in the first person, where English countenances the even more clumsy /aren’t/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • There was a collection of first-person accounts of Vietnam that I read over and over again and kept on reserve.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Though this approach runs counter to the intensely personal, first-person writing that has become common in books and magazines, I found the exercise of attempting to adopt someone else’s viewpoint to be rewarding and oddly liberating-I learned more than I could have ever imagined.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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