I was wondering, just out of curiosity: what would be the best way to produce literature-related documents in Latex?

I have only ever written technical and scientific documents myself, so I really don't know if there are some famous packages that can help while writing literary documents.

I only know about the Memoir class which can be useful to typeset books, but are there other suggested packages?

  • I'm afraid the question is too general. What kind of literature? (books of poetry, science fiction novels, drama scripts, etc.) – Fran Jan 17 '13 at 1:20
  • @Fran actually I didn't have something specific in mind, I'm interested in all kind of literature. I could change this into a community wiki, it could be interesting to have one answer for every type of document – user1301428 Jan 17 '13 at 7:40

A think that the first step is take a look to the related packages in CTAN.

After very little search, you can find, for example (is not an exhaustive list):

Poetry related packages:

  • alt­verse – Type­set­ting verse
  • gm­verse – A pack­age for type­set­ting (short) po­ems
  • po­et­ry­tex – Type­set an­tholo­gie of po­etry
  • verse – Aids for type­set­ting sim­ple verse

Screenplay related packages:

  • drama – Pro­duc­tion-style stage script in LaTeX

  • drama­tist – Type­set dra­mas, both in verse and in prose

  • plari – Type­set­ting stage­play scripts

  • play - Type­set drama us­ing LaTeX

  • sc­mac - Type­set scripts with Plain TeX

  • screen­play – A class file to type­set screen­plays

  • ScriptTeX – Macros for scripts and screen­plays

  • sides – A LaTeX class for type­set­ting stage plays

  • stage – A LaTeX class for stage plays

  • dialogue (Frankenstein bundle) – Environment for citing short passages of scripted dialogue.

Typeset manuscripts packages

  • book and related scrbook, etc. (stating the obvious ... but why not?)

  • sffms – Type­set­ting sci­ence fic­tion/fan­tasy manuscripts

  • mem­oir – Class is for type­set­ting po­etry, fic­tion, non-fic­tion, and math­e­mat­i­cal works.

  • game­book – Type­set game­books and other in­ter­ac­tive nov­els

Also many packages of book-hand or uncial fonts could be on-topic here.

  • You may also add a great book class: tufte-book which has major concerns on presenting information in a clear style. It also can be used as diary-book template, where there is room for many annotations. – math Sep 15 '15 at 11:06
  • @math Yes, I know that. – Fran Sep 15 '15 at 15:39

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