This series of essays consider the renaissance of the historical novel. Using examples from contemporary novelists, there are discussions on the novel of wartime experience; the variety of distant pasts that British writers have invented and the Darwinian novel.This series of essays consider the renaissance of the historical novel. Using examples from contemporary novelists, there are discussions on the novel of wartime experience; the variety of distant pasts that British writers have invented and the Darwinian novel.Read Less
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New/New. 070116946X 2000 Hardcover in DJ, later printing...BRAND NEW from publisher...Last one...Never opened, Never owned, Never marked. Jacket protected in New non-stick clear mylar sleeve...Excellent Gift Giving quality...196 pages...In recent years many novelists have become increasingly interested in history as fiction...and fiction as history...In her powerful opening essays-' Fathers ', ' Forefathers ' and ' Ancestors '-writer A.S. Byatt considers the renaissance of the historical novel...She discusses particularly the novel of wartime experience...the surprising variety of distant pasts that British writers have invented...and the new ' Darwinian novel ', which has been stimulated in part by the discovery of DNA...These afford new readings of writers from Elizabeth Bowen and Henry Greene...to Anthony Burgess...William Golding and Muriel Spark...and other contemporary authors, including Penelope Fitzgerald, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, John Fuller, Hilary Mantel and Pat Barker...This book also offers a fascinating insight into the author's own translation of historical fact into fiction...in the two novellas which make up " Angels and Insects "...while in ' Old Stories, New Forms, ' she explores the recent European revival of interest in myth, folk tales and fairy tales...Also two short peices look in detail at at the perennial appeal of Particular Stories: The Arabian Nigh ts...' the greatest stories ever told ' and a cluster of tales of ice, snow, and glass, from ' Snow White ' and ' The Snow Queen ' to the mysterious, ' stony ' women of Shakespeare and George Eliot...Vivid, profound, and full of original insig hts, this fascinating book redraws the map of the boundaries of fiction today..." On Histories and Stories-Selected Essays "...by A.S. Byatt...published by Chatto & Windus, London 2000...Hardcover in Dustjacket...*** Securely packed for safe delivery ~ We've been shipping books across North America & around the world, since 1965 ***
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