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A reliving of past experience invariably evokes the life of the present, for historical life is understood only in its connections with present life….A work of historical art generates an esthetic distance from the present as well as from the past; it allows us to see not only others but ourselves in history, to adopt the perspective of ages to come.

– Avrom Fleishman, The English Historical Novel

(I’m currently taking a course on historical fiction and found this quote both enlightening and relevant in terms of why we are drawn to the historical fiction genre.)

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