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The Resource Novel history : historians and novelists confront America's past (and each other), Mark C. Carnes, editor

Novel history : historians and novelists confront America's past (and each other), Mark C. Carnes, editor

Label
Novel history : historians and novelists confront America's past (and each other)
Title
Novel history
Title remainder
historians and novelists confront America's past (and each other)
Statement of responsibility
Mark C. Carnes, editor
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Historical fiction is a contradiction in terms. History is what happened; fiction, what did not. Yet great novelists have often disregarded this logical difficulty, taking up the tools of the historian to explore the shadowy recesses of the past. Their labors have brought forth many literary treasures. But how accurately do these masterpieces of the imagination reflect the past? 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 superb collection of literary history
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.08109
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS374.H5
LC item number
N68 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Carnes, Mark C.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Historical fiction, American
  • Literature and history
  • Historiography
  • United States
Label
Novel history : historians and novelists confront America's past (and each other), Mark C. Carnes, editor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Russell Banks's fictional portrait of John Brown
  • James M. McPherson
  • In response to James McPherson's reading of Cloudsplitter
  • Russell Banks
  • Why Oswald missed: Don DeLillo's Libra
  • David T. Courtwright
  • The fictional man
  • Don DeLillo
  • The Aztec world of Gary Jennings
  • Michael E. Smith
  • History as told by the devil incarnate: Gore Vidal's Burr
  • My indignant response
  • Gary Jennings
  • A review of Annie Dillard's The living
  • Richard White
  • On the trail with Gus and Call: Lonesome dove and the western myth
  • Elliott West
  • On Lonesome dove
  • Larry McMurtry
  • Real lives and other fictions: reconsidering Wallace Stegner's Angle of repose
  • John Demos
  • Joanne B. Freeman
  • The historical imagination of A thousand acres
  • John Mack Faragher
  • Not a pretty picture
  • Jane Smiley
  • Commerce in souls: Uncle Tom's cabin and the state of the nation
  • Joan D. Hedrick
  • Bodies and souls: the Haitian revolution and Madison Smartt Bell's All soul's rising
  • Michel-Rolph Trouillot
  • Engaging the past
  • Madison Smartt Bell
  • Burr: the historical novel
  • William Styron's The confessions of Nat Turner: a meditation on evil, redemption, and history
  • Eugene D. Genovese
  • More confessions
  • William Styron
  • Gore Vidal
  • Notes of a disillusioned lover: John Updike's Memories of the Ford administration
  • Paul Boyer
  • Reply
  • John Updike
  • Albany the wondrous: William Kennedy's history in Quinn's book
  • Mark C. Carnes
  • Quinn's book: looking for the buried myth
  • William Kennedy
  • White men in Africa: on Barbara Kingsolver's The poisonwood bible
  • Diane Kunz
  • A war like all wars
  • Tom Wicker
  • Some remarks on history and fiction
  • Charles Frazier
  • Hawthorne's cultural demons: history, popular culture, and The scarlet letter
  • An essay by (historian) Thomas Fleming on Time and tide /
  • (novelist)
  • Thomas Fleming
  • (novelist) Thomas Fleming responds
  • Kicking the denial syndrome: Tim O'Brien's In the lake of the woods
  • H. Bruce Franklin
  • The whole story
  • Tim O'Brien
  • David S. Reynolds
  • The great Gatsby? Yes, a historical novel
  • John Lukacs
  • T. Coraghessan Boyle and World's end
  • Michael Kammen
  • History on two wheels
  • T.C. Boyle
Control code
45413590
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
351 pages
Isbn
9780684857657
Lccn
00066176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Novel history : historians and novelists confront America's past (and each other), Mark C. Carnes, editor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Russell Banks's fictional portrait of John Brown
  • James M. McPherson
  • In response to James McPherson's reading of Cloudsplitter
  • Russell Banks
  • Why Oswald missed: Don DeLillo's Libra
  • David T. Courtwright
  • The fictional man
  • Don DeLillo
  • The Aztec world of Gary Jennings
  • Michael E. Smith
  • History as told by the devil incarnate: Gore Vidal's Burr
  • My indignant response
  • Gary Jennings
  • A review of Annie Dillard's The living
  • Richard White
  • On the trail with Gus and Call: Lonesome dove and the western myth
  • Elliott West
  • On Lonesome dove
  • Larry McMurtry
  • Real lives and other fictions: reconsidering Wallace Stegner's Angle of repose
  • John Demos
  • Joanne B. Freeman
  • The historical imagination of A thousand acres
  • John Mack Faragher
  • Not a pretty picture
  • Jane Smiley
  • Commerce in souls: Uncle Tom's cabin and the state of the nation
  • Joan D. Hedrick
  • Bodies and souls: the Haitian revolution and Madison Smartt Bell's All soul's rising
  • Michel-Rolph Trouillot
  • Engaging the past
  • Madison Smartt Bell
  • Burr: the historical novel
  • William Styron's The confessions of Nat Turner: a meditation on evil, redemption, and history
  • Eugene D. Genovese
  • More confessions
  • William Styron
  • Gore Vidal
  • Notes of a disillusioned lover: John Updike's Memories of the Ford administration
  • Paul Boyer
  • Reply
  • John Updike
  • Albany the wondrous: William Kennedy's history in Quinn's book
  • Mark C. Carnes
  • Quinn's book: looking for the buried myth
  • William Kennedy
  • White men in Africa: on Barbara Kingsolver's The poisonwood bible
  • Diane Kunz
  • A war like all wars
  • Tom Wicker
  • Some remarks on history and fiction
  • Charles Frazier
  • Hawthorne's cultural demons: history, popular culture, and The scarlet letter
  • An essay by (historian) Thomas Fleming on Time and tide /
  • (novelist)
  • Thomas Fleming
  • (novelist) Thomas Fleming responds
  • Kicking the denial syndrome: Tim O'Brien's In the lake of the woods
  • H. Bruce Franklin
  • The whole story
  • Tim O'Brien
  • David S. Reynolds
  • The great Gatsby? Yes, a historical novel
  • John Lukacs
  • T. Coraghessan Boyle and World's end
  • Michael Kammen
  • History on two wheels
  • T.C. Boyle
Control code
45413590
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
351 pages
Isbn
9780684857657
Lccn
00066176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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