The Great Historical Novel Boom?

I keep this running tab of favorite books of the year on my laptop, which I assume I’ll share at some point in the future, probably in early December when people say they’re sick of lists that document the best books of the year, but they read them anyway. I won’t give too much away, but I’ll say that early on in this year, memoirs and short story collections are really dominating, and I haven’t been that into novels. I […]

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“I Never Really Stopped Researching”: An Interview With Danielle Dutton

Margaret the First, the new novel by Danielle Dutton, is simultaneously an engrossing character study, a window into the intellectual history of a particular place and time, and a chronicle of the evolution of one woman’s responses to the social barriers enacted by her society. Dutton’s protagonist is Margaret Cavendish, a literary figure whose writing has endured to the present day, and whose challenges to the gender expectations of her society continue to inspire. I spoke with Dutton via email […]

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