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Biographer David Madden lamented that “ The Moth was an effort to let the Great Depression happen to one man [and] might have produced one Cain’s finest novels; but certain autobiographical elements entered into his conception and delayed the novel’s thrust into the depression material.”  Theme [ edit ]
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In April of 1947 Cain embarked on his most ambitious literary project, a quasi-autobiographical novel, The Moth. He completed the first draft in December of 1947.  The Moth's live shows fall into several tiers of production, but each is dedicated to the art of unscripted, first-person storytelling.   Every show has stories based on open-ended themes (Such as "Love Hurts," Holding on and Letting go," "Hot Mess," or "Conviction").
Cain disclosed in his Memoir (unpublished) a lifelong attraction to young girls, and that his first sexual encounter resembled that described in The Moth. 
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Vilensky, Mike (May 15, 2013). "The Craft of a Story: Storytelling Is Celebrated at the Moth Ball". The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved March 22, 2014. In addition to live performances, The Moth conducts a variety of community, education, and corporate workshops that teach the art and craft of storytelling in various regions and communities.    Community Engagement Program [ edit ] You are a multitude of stories. Every joy and heartbreak, every disappointment and dizzying high, has the makings of an unforgettable story. Whether your goal is to deliver the perfect wedding toast, give a moving eulogy, ace a job interview or simply connect more deeply to those around you, The Moth is here to help. A leader in the modern storytelling movement, The Moth inspires thousands of people around the globe to share their stories each year.For the StorySLAM, ten participants are chosen at random from a pool of volunteer storytellers to tell a true story (without notes) in the five minute range. Storytellers are scored based on the content of their stories, and their storytelling abilities, by three teams of judges—selected from audience members—on a scale from one to ten. The storyteller with the highest score wins the StorySLAM. Martin, Adam (September 14, 2011). "Padma Lakshmi Burps and Other Highlights from The Moth's Food Night". The Atlantic Wire . Retrieved March 22, 2014. The Moth covers a great number of years, much territory, many episodes, and studies the manners of a multiplicity of people and many aspects of human nature. An obvious attempt at a serious theme, The Moth flits too much; details weigh it down; it is too long—a failure of style and technique on the whole…most of Cain’s [best] stories, being concerned with a few characters over a short period of time, lend themselves to brevity.”—Novelist David Madden in James M. Cain (1970)