Best Historical Fiction Featuring Real People

List of novels featuring characters that were real people from the past.
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message 1: by Elyse (new)

Elyse I am removing 11/22/63. The historical fiction genre is defined partially as a book written about an event that occurred well before the lifetime of the author. Stephen King is a baby boomer and was alive when President Kennedy was murdered.


message 2: by Jack (new)

Jack Reinstating 11/22/63 by King. Nowhere have I found a definition that states that, "... historical fiction is about an event that occurred well before the lifetime of the author." I have checked Webster, Yourdictionary.com, and dictionary.com. Therefore; with a lack of evidence for any such definition available to the public, I am reinstating it on the list. It may not fit your personal definition but, that is not what this list was formed around.


message 3: by Jack (last edited Jun 07, 2020 04:21AM) (new)

Jack Jack wrote: "Reinstating 11/22/63 by King. Nowhere have I found a definition that states that, "... historical fiction is about an event that occurred well before the lifetime of the author." I have checked Web..."

Having said that, if you can cite me a reputable definition that matches your's, I would have no contention with the removal. I started this list so, that we could share the books with each other and I would hate to have books removed at the whims of the individual readers. Thanks for understanding.


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