Literary GenresA list of the types of books included in the list and may be used as search criteria to find books of interest in the list.
- Stories composed in verse or prose, usually for theatrical performance, where conflicts and emotion are expressed through dialogue and action.
- Narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans; legendary, supernatural tale.
Story about fairies or other magical creatures, usually for children.
Fiction with strange or other worldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality.
- Narrative literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact.
Fiction in Verse
Full-length novels with plot, subplot(s), theme(s), major and minor characters, in which the narrative is presented in (usually blank) verse form.
The songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or "folk" as handed down by word of mouth.
Story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting.
Fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread in both the characters and the reader.
Fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain; but can be contained in all genres
Story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, which has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material.
Fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets.
Legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods.
Verse and rhythmic writing with imagery that creates emotional responses.
Story that can actually happen and is true to life.
- Story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets.
Fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots.
- Humorous story with blatant exaggerations, swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance.
- Narrative of a person's life, a true story about a real person.
A short literary composition that reflects the author's outlook or point.
Factual information presented in a format which tells a story.
Informational text dealing with an actual, real-life subject.
Public address or discourse.