Still at it

John Walsh takes a look at the roman-à-clef:

Lord, what trouble romans-à-clef cause, and how we love them. The phrase means literally “a novel with a key”, and when they first appeared, in 17th-century France, you could buy an actual “key” that unlocked a book’s secrets – a who’s-really-who crib published separately.

(Via TMFTML.)


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