Historians and Novelists Confront America's Past (and Each Other)
Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780684857664, 352pp.
Publication Date: March 5, 2004
In Novel History, twenty accomplished historians consider this question in relation to some of our most important historical novels. Their essays are followed in most instances by a response from the novelist. These dialogues illuminate one of the most fascinating and perplexing issues of our time -- the relation between the "real" past and our finest imaginative renderings of it. Novel History includes essays by distinguished historians such as John Demos, Michael Kammen, Joan D. Hedrick, John Lukacs, Eugene D. Genovese, Richard White, and Tom Wicker, and responses from notable novelists, including Gore Vidal, John Updike, Russell Banks, Don DeLillo, Larry McMurtry, Jane Smiley, Madison Smartt Bell, William Styron, T. Coraghessan Boyle, William Kennedy, Charles Frazier, Thomas Fleming, and Tim O'Brien.
Novel History is both a uniquely compelling perspective and a superb collection of literary history.
San Francisco Chronicle
Novel History offers insight into the minds of practitioners of the literary and historical arts.
Carnes's mission couldn't be more relevant in a pop culture that's increasingly "reality based."
The Toronto Star
A series of fascinating essays...particularly inspired...invaluable.