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General term denoting high quality written work including: poetry, novels, plays, short stories etc. Ezra Pound famously declared that: ' Literature is news that STAYS news.'

[n] the profession or art of a writer; "her place in literature is secure"
[n] the humanistic study of a body of literature; "he took a course in French literature"
[n] creative writing of recognized artistic value
[n] published writings in a particular style on a particular subject; "the technical literature"; "one aspect of Waterloo has not yet been treated in the literature"

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