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  Historical novel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, in which the time of the action predates the lifetime of the author.
As such, the historical novel is distinguished from the alternate-history genre.
The historical novel was popularized in the 19th century by artists classified as Romantics.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Historical_novel   (834 words)

 Historical novel - LearnThis.Info Enclyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events or, more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication.
Many early historical novels were important factors in the rise of European popular interest in the history of the Middle Ages.
The novels of the Polish winner of the Nobel Prize in literature Henryk Sienkiewicz wrote several novels set in the medieval conflicts between Poles and the Teutonic Knights.
encyclopedia.learnthis.info /h/hi/historical_novel.html   (591 words)

 81.ch.10: Using Historical Fiction in the History Classroom
He feels that the historical novel is an important genre of literature because an awareness of the past can help the general reader confront the fear and perplexities of the present and future.
If a historical novel can inspire these kinds of learning experiences, then students can understand the importance of studying history as a means to understanding themselves, understanding their place in the world, and understanding their role as a part of humanity.
If a particular historical event is described in a novel and they perceive that event as a problem that still exists in the present as well as the future, they might begin to comprehend the significance of the study of history.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/units/1981/cthistory/81.ch.10.x.html   (4774 words)

 READING AND WRITING HISTORICAL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Historical fiction, with its ambiguous relationships to both history and fiction, might be a good starting place for an analysis of the claims of both kinds of writing.
Historical novels function structurally as a metaphor, joining the past with the present, and the reader with the author, emphasizing their mutual similarities and differences.
The historical novelist, by contrast, is expected to borrow from the historical record without citing her sources.
www.vancouver.wsu.edu /fac/peabody/histfict.html   (4067 words)

 The Betrothed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I Promessi Sposi (in English, The Betrothed) is an Italian historical novel by Alessandro Manzoni.
Based in northern Italy in the early 17th century, during the terrible, oppressive years under Spanish rule, it is really a veiled attack on Austria, who controlled the region at the time of writing (the definitive version was published in 1842).
Widely underappreciated outside of Italy, where the novel is considered a real masterpiece of the Italian literature, it is one of the great European novels of the 19th century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Betrothed   (198 words)

 ALAN Review - Fall 1998 Volume 26, Number 1
Historical fiction is riding a crest of popularity, so much so that publishers are now promoting not only individual historical novels but entire series of historical fiction.
1994) categorizes novels that include historic characters as "historic fiction," whose purpose, she says, is to "reveal history and the true character of historic figures." She differentiates these books from "historical fiction" that does not include historic characters and whose purpose is to "bring history to life".
The strong, active male heroes of the traditional historical novel are today joined by equally strong and active females who often resist the tyrannical dictates that define female behavior at the time of the story.
scholar.lib.vt.edu /ejournals/ALAN/fall98/brown.html   (4210 words)

 The Manila Times Internet Edition | WEEKEND > The historical novel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
There were a number of historical novel entries during the Centennial of Philippine Independence literary contest—including those of the latter two (Yuson and Uranza) plus the prize winning ones of Eric Gamalinda and Charlson Ong.
The novel Tree (1978) goes back to the antecedents of Tony Samson and prefigures the last two novels: Poon (1982), a novel he wrote in 1980, which chronologically is the beginning of the Rosales saga.
Ty-Casper refers to her novels about EDSA and post-EDSA as “historical novels written in their time.” What is paramount is the historical sense in fiction that constitutes the genre.
www.manilatimes.net /national/2004/oct/24/yehey/weekend/20041024wek7.html   (1430 words)

 Is it possible to write a good historical novel? By J.D. Connor
Alessandro Manzoni's blockbuster debut novel, The Betrothed (1827), was the first Italian historical novel in the vein of Sir Walter Scott.
If the great formal problem of the historical novel is knowing when to stop and nudge the reader and when not to, Doctorow solves it by finding myriad ways of doing both simultaneously.
Late in the novel, Harper is dramatically blinded by a muzzle flash.
www.slate.com /id/2126202/nav/tap2   (1580 words)

 Talk History Forum - Historical Novel
Historical fiction is my favorite genre:) The older the better, and ideally nothing after the renaissance.
Historical fiction is a genre I very much enjoy.
The historical sources are the same as used by McCollough and Steven Saylor making me believe that I am starting to learn something about Mediterranian history and culture at the end of the Republic.
www.talk-history.com /forum/printthread.php?t=1700   (1069 words)

 historical novel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A historical novel written by the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shortly before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 will be first published in Japan next week, Kyodo News reported on Friday.
DEVIL'S DANCE, a historical novel written by the former president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, before the US-led invasion, is to be published in Japan next week.
A historical novel that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein wrote shortly before the US-led invasion of his country in March 2003 will go on sale in Japan on May 19, the publisher says.
www.readfasternow.com /ABC/1/historical-novel.htm   (196 words)

 Seminar #1 Summary - ENGL 339, Spring 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Macleod discusses this issue [in relation to children's historical fiction]: "historical fiction should be good fiction and good history." This criterion seems especially important if historical fiction is being used in the classroom to teach history.
Historical fiction and historiography are informed and shaped by the (political, social, economic, biographical, etc.) perspectives, biases, theories of their authors.
If the author writes of something that is happening in his or her time, such as WW I, it is not historical fiction today simply because it is about a past historical event.
web.cocc.edu /cagatucci/classes/eng339/seminar1.htm   (1893 words)

 Historical Novel Review: Scraping through Stone.
As a writer of historical fiction, expecting the release of my first ‘Tudor’ novel sometime this year, it’s encouraging to see the signs that historical fiction is experiencing resurgence.
Judith Fox’s novel tells the story of a young girl escaping an arranged marriage by disguising herself as a young man. Thus disguised, she journeys to the armies of the third Crusade - the crusade of Richard the Lion-heart.
Both novels have as their main characters young noble girls, who take on male identities, with the aim of reaching the crusades of the first Richard of England.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/tudor/90708   (417 words)

 A Thread of Gold - An exciting historical fiction novel covering three centuries of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas ...
Their experiences are set within historical events that the brothers encounter – each in their own time and place.
Historical elements of the story touch on Don Juan Bautista de Anza's campaign against the Comanches in the late 1700s, Ute Indian customs, the Colorado Volunteers in the Civil War and The Battle of Glorietta Pass, prospecting in the Colorado gold fields during the late 1800s, and scenes of Littleton Colorado in the early 1930s.
I suggest that you allow yourself to be drawn into the saga and get lost in an historical novel based on the lives of young western adventurers.
www.athreadofgold.com   (778 words)

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This historical novel of Meriwether Lewis and the Lewis and Clark expedition is rich with background information for the motivations and understanding of Captain Lewis.
I recommend this novel for those who would like to understand the political and economic context of the time, the realities of dealing with governments and bureaucracies, and the dark side of a man who has a gene fro chronic depression running through his father’s side of the family–a depression that finally kills him.
This historical novel is the first in a trilogy about a young woman, Jessica Radford, who loses her family to “Bloody Kansas” border wars.
www.heartlandreviews.com /Historical_Archive.html   (5990 words)

 Historical Fiction vs. History
The purpose of historical fiction is to enable a reader through the perspective of characters in the story to feel that she or he is present at the events.
Historical novelists must remember they are novelists first and foremost, for whom history serves merely as a prop, a source of plots and characters and intriguing curiosities.
I believe historical fiction is a stepping stone to history, for the historical events recounted in a novel can, and do, lead readers to discover the truth behind the fiction.
www.cindyvallar.com /histfic.html   (2223 words)

 RavensYard: Historical Novel
Yellow Fever is a historical novel set at the turn of the 20th Century as the United States emerges as an imperial power, partly as a result of the newspaper war being waged by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst.
Among the historical characters featured in the novel are Theodore Roosevelt, who rises from New York Police Commissioner to President of the United States, publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, writer Stephen Crane and reporter Richard Harding Davis, Gen. John Pershing and a variety of well rendered characters.
Some of the themes explored in the book are the use of manufactured publicity to affect government policy, the birth of the celebrity culture, the folly of ego and pride in international affairs, and the misplaced use of force to bring about social change.
www.ravensyard.com /home/historical_novel   (5196 words)

 Welcome to the Official Historical Novel Society Website
The Historical Novels Review aims to review every new work of historical fiction released in the USA and the UK.
Historical Novels Review Online is our quarterly online publication, featuring reviews of electronically-published and self-published historical novels.
Read Editors' Choice reviews from May's Historical Novels Review.
www.historicalnovelsociety.org   (346 words)

To me, a “historical” novel is not necessarily a costume romance set entirely in the past but simply a novel in which the persistence of memory infuses and enriches the present.
The novel’s Southern hero, Basil Ransom, recently demobbed from the Confederate army and dispossessed of his family’s plantation, destroyed during the war, travels north to Boston to make his fortune as a journalist (at a time when invasion of privacy was a much-debated topic and newspapermen were scorned by high-thinking, right-minded New Englanders).
In this novel inspired by the events and consequences of the Deerfield Massacre, she performed a feat—difficult for storytellers, as for historians and film makers—of conveying the strangeness of other times and states of mind, accepting the challenge of the past idiom and the hush of isolated lives.
www.americanheritage.com /articles/magazine/ah/1992/6/1992_6_84.shtml   (12921 words)

 Historical Novel Society Conference 2005 - Salt Lake City, Utah
The Historical Novel Society's first North American conference presents authors, readers, and other historical fiction enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to celebrate the genre.
Participants can build their knowledge on topics such as research techniques and how to shape a historical mystery, as well as mingle with people from across the continent who share their passion for history and fiction.
Since its beginnings, the Historical Novel Society has provided a community for people who love novels set in time periods outside their own.
www.historicalnovelsociety.org /USA/conference.htm   (579 words)

 Historical novel - Sea Dust
The flow of the narrative, the steady development of the plot and the treatment of the various characters are all handled with equal aplomb and professionalism.
Most important of all is its historical realism, and this is adhered to with a faithful awareness and detail throughout the book, making it an education for all landlubbers as well as a great story.
Margaret's love for tall ships is very apparent in her writing, and her ability as a writer brings to life a different world aboard the Morning Star as it makes its way from the North Yorkshire coast to the distant colony of Sydney in the year 1856.
www.squidoo.com /seadust   (3668 words)

 12 Ways to Research a Historical Novel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Networking can be an essential part of your research strategy since not everything is written down somewhere, especially legends, myths, anecdotes, even the location of other written sources, such as letters and diaries.
Legal research can be tricky, but historically minded lawyers may be willing to help you out.
Ann Roscopf Allen is a college writing instructor and the author of the historical novel A Serpent Cherished, based on the true story of an 1891 Memphis murder.
www.bigarticles.com /12-Ways-to-Research-a-Historical-Novel-49983.html   (686 words)

 Researching a Historical Novel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Two of Sarah Smith's historical novels, The Vanished Child and The Knowledge of Water, have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year; the third, A Citizen of the Country, was named an Entertainment Weekly Editor's Choice.
From ancient Rome to the 1950s South, historical periods have lured writers with the promise of events, settings, and above all, characters not available now.
That is the mysterious fun of historical research, to see the characters and events step forward from the woodwork you have so carefully researched, and walk through living streets; and when they do, you see with them.
world.std.com /~swrs/library/histres2.htm   (1567 words)

 Amazon.com: Caballero: A Historical Novel: Books: Jovita Gonzalez Mireles,Eve Raleigh,Jose Eduardo Limon,Maria ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Not only is this a historical novel, but its a novel with some history.
Written by two women, a Mexican American teacher of Spanish and a mysterious Anglo, this novel about the Mexican side of the 1848 conflict was summarily rejected by three major publishers in the late 1930s and has since languished in manuscript form.
While its romance between the beautiful daughter of Mexican patriarch Don Santiago de Mendoza y Soria and a young Virginian seems to argue for assimilationism, the American invaders of Texas are also portrayed as vandals and barbarians.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0890967016?v=glance   (965 words)

 A or An Historical Novel?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
>> Does one use "a" or "an" before the word "historical?" >> Example: a/an historical event >It was my impression that the rule for "BBC English" is that if the >initial syllable of the "h" word is unstressed (historical) one uses >"an", whereas if it is stressed (history), one uses "a".
An /@n/ goes before pronounced vowels, including the ones that are actually pronounced at the beginning of words spelled with silent consonant letters like "H".
I'd say a history professor because I say an /h/ in history, and an historical novel because I drop the /h/ most of the time in historical.
www-personal.umich.edu /~jlawler/aue/a-an.html   (564 words)

 When the Civil War came to New York | csmonitor.com
Kevin Baker is quickly altering the landscape of American historical fiction.
His first novel, "Dreamland," burst into flames three years ago – a hypnotic portrayal of Coney Island designed to parallel the chaotic city of New York in 1911.
His wife, meanwhile, remains holed up in her house, trying to protect their own children not only from the mob but from her ex-lover, Dangerous Johnny Dolan, an engine of unstoppable vengeance who's returned to New York after 14 years.
www.csmonitor.com /2002/1017/p15s02-bogn.html   (1125 words)

 Amazon.com: Peaches and Cream: A Historical Fiction Novel: Books: Phyllis Haywood Lambert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A Danger to the State: A Historical Novel by Philip Trower
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 eBay - historical novel, Fiction Books, Wholesale, Bulk Lots items on eBay.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The red city A historical novel by S. Weir Mitchell
hania a historical novel pub.1897 little brown and co.
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 Researching the Historical Novel
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There are more than one million copies of her novels in print.
Permission is granted for individual writers to print one copy of this article for personal use.
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