roman a clef
A roman a clef is a novel that is based on real events and/or people. The term was coined in France in the 17th century by the writer Madeleine de Scudéry, who wrote about public figures under the guise of fiction.
Well known contemporary roman a clefs include Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
- Just Kids by Patti Smith (Illustrated Edition) - February 1, 2020
- We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer - September 20, 2019
- Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson - June 18, 2019