roman à clef

   (roh-MANH ah KLAY) [French: novel with a key] A fictional literary work based upon historical characters and events, or one in which well-known real people are portrayed as fictional characters.
   Margaret Truman, the daughter of President Harry S Truman, has written romans à clef set in the White House among the real people who were there when she was young.

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  • Roman a clef — Roman à clef Le roman à clef est un sous genre romanesque dans lequel certains personnages ou la totalité de ceux ci représentent, de façon plus ou moins explicite, une personne réelle. Sous le couvert de la fiction, l auteur adresse en écrit en… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • roman à clef — [rō΄män nä klā′] n. pl. romans à clef [rō΄männä klā′] [Fr, novel with a key] [often in italics] a novel in which real persons appear under fictitious names …   English World dictionary

  • Roman à clef — Le roman à clef est un sous genre romanesque dans lequel certains personnages ou la totalité de ceux ci représentent, de façon plus ou moins explicite, une personne réelle. Sous le couvert de la fiction, l auteur adresse en écrit en réalité une… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Roman à clef — Key to vol. 2 of Delarivier Manley s, New Atalantis (1709). Roman à clef or roman à clé (French pronunciation: [ʁɔmɑ̃n‿a kle]), French for novel with a key , is a phrase used to describe a novel about real life, overlaid with a façade of… …   Wikipedia

  • roman à clef — /rddaw mah nann kle /, pl. romans à clef /rddaw mahonn zann kle /. French. a novel that represents historical events and characters under the guise of fiction. * * * (French; novel with a key ) Novel that has the extraliterary interest of… …   Universalium

  • roman-à-clef — [ˌrəʊmɒroman à clefα: kleɪ] noun (plural romans à clef pronunciation same) a novel in which real people or events appear with invented names. Origin Fr., lit. novel with a key …   English new terms dictionary

  • roman à clef — noun (plural romans à clef) Etymology: French, literally, novel with a key Date: 1893 a novel in which real persons or actual events figure under disguise …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • roman-à-clef —  (Fr.) A novel about real people but using fictitious names; pl. romans à clef …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • roman à clef — /roʊˌmɒn a ˈkleɪ/ (say roh.mon ah klay) noun (plural romans à clef /roʊˌmɒn a ˈkleɪ/ (say roh.mon ah klay)) a novel in which actual persons and events are disguised as fiction. {French: literally, novel with a key} …   Australian English dictionary

  • roman à clef — noun /roːˌmɑ̃aˈklej/ a piece of fiction, especially a novel, containing real life people and/or events …   Wiktionary

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