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autobiography

autobiography

/ˌɔtəbaɪˈɑɡɹəfi/
noun
the story of the life of a person, written by the same person

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bestseller

bestseller

/ˈbɛˈsɛɫɝ/, /ˈbɛstˈsɛɫɝ/
noun
an item, especially a book, that is bought by a large number of people

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biography

biography

/baɪˈɑɡɹəfi/
noun
the story of someone's life that is written by another person

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book

book

/ˈbʊk/
noun
a set of printed pages that are held together in a cover so that we can turn them and read them

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classic

classic

/ˈkɫæsɪk/
noun
a long-standing and popular style of filmmaking or writing that is of high quality

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codex

codex

/kˈoʊdɛks/
noun
an ancient book, written by hand, especially of scriptures, classics, etc.

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column

column

/ˈkɑɫəm/
noun
a section of a newspaper or magazine that regularly publishes articles about a particular subject

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comic strip

comic strip

/kˈɑːmɪk stɹˈɪp/
noun
a series of cartoons in boxes that narrate a story

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description

description

/dɪsˈkɹɪpʃən/
noun
a written or oral piece intended to give a mental image of something

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dialogue

dialogue

/ˈdaɪəˌɫɔɡ/
noun
a fictitious conversation between two or more characters in a piece of drama, book, etc.

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dime novel

dime novel

/dˈaɪm nˈɑːvəl/
noun
a cheap paperback novel often featuring an adventure or melodramatic story

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e-book

e-book

/ˈiːbˈʊk/
noun
a book that is published or converted to a digital format

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edition

edition

/əˈdɪʃən/, /ɪˈdɪʃən/
noun
the particular form that a book or magazine is in

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e-reader

e-reader

/ˈiːɹˈiːdɚ/
noun
a hand-held electronic device that is used for reading e-books and other documents in digital format

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excerpt

excerpt

/ˈɛksɝpt/, /ɛkˈsɝpt/
noun
a short piece taken from a longer composition

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fanzine

fanzine

/fˈænziːn/
noun
a magazine that is written by and intended for fans of a musician, group, etc.

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fiction

fiction

/ˈfɪkʃən/
noun
a type of literature about unreal people, events, etc.

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graphic novel

graphic novel

/ɡɹˈæfɪk nˈɑːvəl/
noun
a novel that narrates a story using illustrations in a comic strip format

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hagiography

hagiography

/ˌhæɡiˈɑɡɹəfi/
noun
a book that gives an idealized version of someone's life

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hardback

hardback

/ˈhɑɹdˌbæk/
noun
a book with a cover made from hard material such as cardboard, leather, etc.

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hardcover

hardcover

/ˈhɑɹdˌkəvɝ/
noun
a book with a cover made from stiff material such as cardboard, leather, etc.

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journal

journal

/ˈdʒɝnəɫ/
noun
a written record of daily events, experiences, etc. that is kept for personal use

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lament

lament

/ɫəˈmɛnt/
noun
a song, poem, musical piece, etc. that expresses the feeling of sadness and morose about a loss or death

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lampoon

lampoon

/ɫæmˈpun/
noun
a written satire that harshly criticizes or jokes about someone or something

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leaflet

leaflet

/ˈɫifɫət/
noun
a booklet with a few pages and paper covers containing information or advertisement that is intended for free distribution

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letter

letter

/ˈɫɛtɝ/
noun
a written or printed message that is sent to someone or an organization, company, etc.

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limited edition

limited edition

/lˈɪmɪɾᵻd ɪdˈɪʃən/
noun
an issue of a book, print, collectible, etc. that is produced in limited numbers or just once

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line

line

/ˈɫaɪn/
noun
a row of printed or written letters or characters that form words

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magazine

magazine

/ˈmæɡəˌzin/
noun
a periodic publication or a large thin book with a paper cover that contains news stories, articles, photographs, etc., usually on a particular topic, sold weekly or monthly

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marginalia

marginalia

/mˌɑːɹdʒɪnˈeɪliə/
noun
marks and notes written in the margins of a book or document

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monograph

monograph

/ˈmɑnəˌɡɹæf/
noun
a detailed written account of a particular subject, usually in the format of a short book

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monologue

monologue

/ˈmɑnəˌɫɔɡ/
noun
a literary piece that is created in the form of a soliloquy

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novel

novel

/ˈnɑvəɫ/
noun
a long written story that usually involves imaginary characters and places

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novella

novella

/noʊˈvɛɫə/
noun
a work of fiction with an intermediate length, which could be considered a short novel

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oeuvre

oeuvre

/ˈɝv/, /ˈuvɹə/
noun
the collection of artistic or literary works produced by a particular painter, author, etc.

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pamphlet

pamphlet

/ˈpæmfɫət/
noun
a small book with a paper cover giving information about a particular subject

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paper

paper

/ˈpeɪpɝ/
noun
a set of large sheets of paper containing news, articles, etc., printed and distributed on a daily or weekly basis

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paperback

paperback

/ˈpeɪpɝˌbæk/
noun
a book with a cover that is made of thick paper

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parody

parody

/ˈpɛɹədi/
noun
a piece of writing, music, etc. that imitates the style of someone else in a humorous way

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photonovel

photonovel

/fˌoʊtoʊnˈɑːvəl/
noun
a novel that narrates a story using a series of photographs with captions or speech bubbles

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poem

poem

/ˈpoʊəm/
noun
a written piece with particularly arranged words in a way that, usually rhyme, conveys a lot of emotion and style

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prose

prose

/ˈpɹoʊz/
noun
spoken or written language in its usual form, in contrast to poetry

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prose poem

prose poem

/pɹˈoʊz pˈoʊɪm/
noun
a composition that is not in verse form but has some of the characteristics of a poem

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psalm

psalm

/ˈsɑɫm/, /ˈsɑm/
noun
a Biblical book containing an anthology of sacred verses, recited or sung in both Christian and Jewish worship

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quotation

quotation

/kwoʊˈteɪʃən/
noun
a sentence or group of words from a movie, book, etc. that someone else repeats

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report

report

/ɹiˈpɔɹt/, /ɹɪˈpɔɹt/
noun
an official document written by a group or an individual who studied a particular subject, containing the findings

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review

review

/ˌɹivˈju/
noun
a report that is published in a newspaper or a magazine, in which someone gives an opinion of a play, movie, book, etc.

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set book

set book

/sˈɛt bˈʊk/
noun
a book that students are asked to study for a particular exam

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short story

short story

/ʃˈɔːɹt stˈoːɹi/
noun
a complete story that is not long and can be read in a short time

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sketch

sketch

/ˈskɛtʃ/
noun
a short literary composition that resembles a short story

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strip

strip

/ˈstɹɪp/
noun
a series of cartoons in boxes that narrate a story, usually published in a newspaper

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trilogy

trilogy

/ˈtɹɪɫədʒi/
noun
a set of three movies, books, etc. that are related or have the same characters

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volume

volume

/ˈvɑɫjum/
noun
a book or other publication that is part of a series of works

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work

work

/ˈwɝk/
noun
a painting, piece of music or book that is produced by a painter, musician or writer

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