The historical novel


1800 Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent is in the vanguard of a fashion for historical fiction.

1814 Waverley, by Scottish writer Walter Scott, is the first in a series of historical novels that includes Rob Roy (1817) and Ivanhoe (1820).

1823–41 US author James Fenimore Cooper writes his “Leatherstocking Tales,” historical fictions that include The Pioneers (1823) and The Last of the Mohicans (1826).


1829 Honoré de Balzac’s The Chouans tells of the 1799 royalist uprising in France.

1989 Gabriel García Márquez’s The General in His Labyrinth is a postmodern historical novel about Simon ...

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