This introductory chapter recounts the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963 and the events that followed it. The assassination has been imagined and represented in many different genres including journalism, memoir, history, biography, government reports, sociological inquiries, popular conspiracy exposés, literary and pulp fiction, museums and monuments, Hollywood film, and avant-garde art. There is a fundamental divide between those who believe that Oswald acted alone, and those who are convinced that there was some kind of conspiracy or cover-up. The chapter considers why writers, film makers, and artists are repeatedly drawn to representing the Kennedy assassination.
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