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Historical Fiction

Napoleon Bonaparte once asked, "What is history but a fable agreed upon?" Writers of historical fiction may agree or disagree, but they have helped record the lives of many who escaped history books.

Through countless hours of research, interviews, reading and listening, these writers reconstruct the past. Their characters take time shuttles back 3 to 3,000 years. What results is a rich and unified picture of how lives may have been years ago.

If you're not already a member of The Historical Novel Society, study up on historical fiction at the following sites:
  • Soon's Historical Fiction Site
    A dream for researchers, fanatics and beginners. This comprehensive site offers links to hundreds of useful sites. Find new and current titles, articles, young adult resources, searchable sites, online texts and more. Be sure to check out the author database, where you can search by author's last name for biographies, online texts, related links, newsletters and more. You can even email some authors directly.




  • Historical Fiction Reviews
    Reviews for hundreds of historical fiction novels are listed by author's last name.

Explore experts on historical fiction by time period:

Ancient Greece and Rome

  • Robert Graves
    This author of "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God" (1934) won world popularity with the 2-volume fictional biographies of first century Rome.

  • Mary Renault
    Author of "The King Must Die" and "The Mask of Apollo," Renault reconstructs ancient Greece in several novels.

American Revolution

  • Howard Fast
    Most famous for ""April Morning" and "The Last Frontier," Fast has been writing for more than 67 years.

Moving West

  • Willa Cather
    This author of "O, Pioneers" and "My Antonia" often used the frontier as a setting for her work.

  • Zane Grey
    He created the myth of the West in a prolific 57 novels, 10 non-fiction books and 130 movies.
Civil War

  • Harry Turtledove
    "How Few Remain" still rings in the heart of this war writer.

World War I

  • William Faulkner
    The Nobel prize-winning author of "The Sound and the Fury" and "As I Lay Dying" is honored here.

  • James Carroll
    Read a short biography of the writer of "An American Requiem."
The Great Depression

  • John Steinbeck
    Your best bet for primary and secondary texts on this literary great. There are plenty of links to other sites about Steinbeck, too.
World War II

  • Joseph Heller
    Learn more about the author of "Catch-22."

  • Norman Mailer
    The New York State Writer's Institute pays homage to the man who penned "The Naked and The Dead."



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