I clearly need to get deGroot’s book. Some great thoughts here.
Some time ago, I posted 10 Thoughts on the Purpose of Historical Fiction. In that post, I included several quotes from Jerome de Groot’s The Historical Novel. I reread that article while preparing for an upcoming talk with fellow author Gina Buonaguro on the topic of Women in Historical Fiction.
Our presentation looks at the portrayal of women in historical fiction and the challenge to project women in their historic context while making the novel approachable to modern day readers. As Gina and I prepared, I came across that post from 2015 and had one of those ‘aha’ moments.
One of the benefits of reading historical fiction is for readers to appreciate the by reading about the norms, values, and culture of the past and being able to contrast them with where we are in our today.
For example, my upcoming novel The Admiral’s Wife illustrates the racist…
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