The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction


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Graywolf Press
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5.0 X 0.5 X 6.9 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Christopher Bram is the author of nine novels, including Father of Frankenstein, which was made into the filmGods and Monsters. His book on the craft of writing, The Art of History, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. He lives in New York and teaches at New York University.


"Bram's clear command of the subject gives him the authority to dispense concise criticism of the genres in such a short book without it seeming rushed or abbreviated. . . . An excellent introduction with a conversational style that makes Bram's criticism accessible to anyone with even a modest interest in historical storytelling."--PopMatters

"An amiable stroll through selected works of history and historical fiction. . . . Though Bram acknowledges how we can benefit from history, learn from it, and deepen our perspective, it's refreshing that he underscores the pure pleasure of reading and that he takes such delight in it."--Kirkus Reviews

"Exploration, appreciation and instruction combine in this slim, accessible study of literary history and historical literature."--Shelf Awareness

"Christopher Bram's The Art of History is another insightful and informative entry in Graywolf's The Art of... series, one that explores the value in reading books on history and historical fiction."--Largehearted Boy

"Bram is a smart, enthusiastic and well-read guide who illuminates the pleasure of discovering history in books, as well as the various ways authors interpret and re-present truth."--Philadelphia Gay News

"Delightful. . . . A must-have book for anyone looking to hone their historical writing craft, as well as for anyone who loves the genre and wants to immerse themselves in the intricacies of the historical narrative." --Historical Novel Society