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    Post Looking for an example of a short story or novel that ...

    Dear all,

    I would appreciate some examples of a short story or novel that was written with a first-person point of view, but the main character "I" 's sex is opposite to that of the author.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Looking for an example of a short story or novel that ...

    You're not being ignored, syku.

    We're thinking.

    It's a tough one. There aren't many.

    For some reason it creeps me out a bit when that happens.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Looking for an example of a short story or novel that ...

    i have read many short stories but still no story is coming in my mind with first narration and opposite to writer's sex..

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    Default Re: Looking for an example of a short story or novel that ...

    Probably not really what you are looking for, but quite a bit of Charles Dickens's Bleak House is narrated by a young girl.

    See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spy...Me_%28novel%29

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    Default Re: Looking for an example of a short story or novel that ...

    There was a craze for epistolary novels in the seventeenth century.

    Some popular ones were Clarissa and Pamela by Samuel Richardson. The novels were actually exchanges of letters from young girls to their parents, or to other young girls etc. about beastly men, so this probably counts as 1st person. Anyhow, you can check them out here:
    Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson - Project Gutenberg

    Here’s another I read recently: “Memoirs of a Geisha is a novel by Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the fictional story of a geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II.”
    Memoirs of a Geisha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Wow, surprised no one has posted the staple of American high school English classes: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. The author was a young girl but the central figure and first person point of view was that of Ponyboy Curtis, a young boy.
    Last edited by Velo; 24-Jan-2011 at 04:11.

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    Default Re: Looking for an example of a short story or novel that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There was a craze for epistolary novels in the seventeenth century.

    Some popular ones were Clarissa and Pamela by Samuel Richardson. The novels were actually exchanges of letters from young girls to their parents, or to other young girls etc. about beastly men, so this probably counts as 1st person. Anyhow, you can check them out here:
    Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson - Project Gutenberg
    Fielding's parody Shamela is good.

    Didn't Julian Barnes do one or am I imagining that? He's one writer I have always really hated, though.

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    Default Re: Looking for an example of a short story or novel that ...

    Thanks, everyone. I have a tendency to think that boys and girls are "sexless" until they become men and women, but I could be wrong.

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    Default Re: Looking for an example of a short story or novel that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by syku View Post
    Thanks, everyone. I have a tendency to think that boys and girls are "sexless" until they become men and women, but I could be wrong.
    "Young girls" in this context means "young women".
    Also, Geisha's are generally post-pubertal, as far I know.

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