Eileen Myles Writing Styles in Inferno

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Point of View

The novel is told almost entirely from the perspective of Eileen, a fictionalized version of the author, poet Eileen Myles. However, although the book is a novel and thus technically a work of fiction, the personal anecdotes about which Eileen writes appear to be largely based in truth. Therefore, one could argue that the novel is really a creative memoir and that the true perspective of the novel is that of the author herself. Thus, this autobiographical perspective is given certain creative license by the creative format in which the author is working. This allows the author to present the reader with her personal thoughts and experiences in a creative and free-flowing fashion. The experiences of the character Eileen are intermixed with observation, opinion, thoughts, and feelings. This also allows the narrative to reflect Eileen's creative tendencies and chaotic lifestyle within the presentation of the...

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