Tag: theory of the novel

Remembering Austin Wright

Years after enjoying a moderate success in the States, Austin Wright’s Tony and Susan, a disturbing but beautifully written novel, is enjoying quite a success in the UK. I wish Austin were alive to see this happening. He was one of my favorite professors…

Getting Real With History in Novels

I love the idea of sharing a blog with you, Emma. Now to see how the reality feels. First, an update on my appearance at Bouchercon in San Francisco this coming week–my panel is at 3:00 pm Friday: BITTER WINE Writing historical crime fiction….

A Making Visible: the gift of fiction

“In the original Greek sense of the word, they [novels] are fantasies—‘a making visible.’ They put before us things that cannot be seen in life: other hearts, other minds….” This is what intrigues me about setting real historical figures in motion—fathoming their hearts and minds. What did they yearn for? What moved them to act? How did they feel about those around them? Whom did they trust? Whom did they fear?