Truth in Historical Story-Telling by Tara Cowan | A Writer of History

I see writers struggling all the time with the choice between sticking with the rules of an era on the one hand and giving their stories a more modern twist on the other. The bold Victorian woman who swears off corsets and goes to college has become so common in literature that the proper, buttoned-up Victorian woman seems to be the anomaly. And those stories can be great– many of them currently fill my shelves! However, I do believe we need to be very careful to frame those stories in an accurate way when we’re pushing the boundaries of history. We need to tell those fabulous stories of women who had amazing scholastic or professional accomplishments because they did exist. We also need to remember that only an extremely small percentage of women was able to go to college in the Nineteenth Century because they were prevented from doing so.

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2 thoughts on “Truth in Historical Story-Telling by Tara Cowan | A Writer of History

  1. I have high regard for writers who can weave a tale around sometimes skimpy historical facts. The research alone must take days and weeks before the writing even begins.

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