- A piece of writing written about people who the author personally knew and believed to be worthy enough to be recorded in a story. The author may not know the whole of their history and may speculate when needed to make connections. It is based on real people, but it's not all truth. This is for the W. Somerset Maugham, author of Razor's Edge, who didn't know exactly how to call his book.
Hey, the butler in this bionovel sounds like my uncle!
Dictionary of american slang with examples. .