Sarah Johnson’s Twenty Classic Historical Novels

Defining historical fiction is extremely tricky, as Sarah Johnson knows well: readers, she writes, may be “forced to sort through tales of modern suburban angst, lurid contemporary thrillers, or generic bodice rippers to find the works that match a compelling story with an informed view of the past.”

She’s well qualified to talk about the subject as the author of Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, as well as being the American editor for Historical Novels Review, one of two journals published by the Historical Novel Society.

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