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Historical Fiction

Recommended fiction set before 1970 in which the historical backdrop plays an important role in the story.



Historical fiction is set in the past and gives attention to the manners, values, and other details of the period. Authors often explore notable historical figures in these settings. Alternate history or historical fantasy--a subgenre of historical fiction--introduces speculative or ahistorical elements into a novel. Some readers consider novels written in the past, like the works of Charles Dickens, to be historical fiction as well.
This guide is organized by select eras, and is further organized by select eras in the United States. There is an emphasis on award winners and newer titles.
For further assistance with finding historical fiction titles, contact a librarian!


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Amanda Cain
Haselwood Library