Historical Fiction: How much history, how much fiction? (1987)

Three Thursdays:  August 15, 22, 29, from 6- 8pm

$100.00 (10% off for members)

Historical novelists all bend the past to suit their narratives, but writers differ on their approach to the historical record. The first class will consider Ariel Lawhon’s ingeniously structured I Was Anastasia, which hews closely to the facts yet still spins a provocative story. In the second class we will discuss Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, which asks readers to take another look at the traditionally villainous Thomas Cromwell. Finally, we’ll explore Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and its imaginative approach to the 19th century escape network. Throughout, we will discuss what responsibilities writers have to both contemporary readers and the past, and examine the tools writers use to make history believable. Three Thursdays:  August 15, 22, 29, from 6- 8pm


You may also be interested in our class on Dickens' Tale of Two Cities: https://www.politics-prose.com/class/dickenss-tale-of-two-cities-and-carlyles-french-revolution-1983

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Carrie Callaghan’s debut novel, A Light of Her Own, about 17th century painter Judith Leyster, was published by Amberjack in 2018. Her next novel, Salt the Snow, is forthcoming from Amberjack in November 2019. Her short stories have been published in multiple literary journals around the country, and she is a senior editor with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Wolf Hall: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312429980
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Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

I Was Anastasia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101973318
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Published: Anchor - February 5th, 2019

The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018