Artful History A Practical Anthology Aaron Sachs, John Demos

New Directions in Narrative History
Publication date:
14 Apr 2020
Yale University Press
304 pages: 235 x 156 x 19mm
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A collection of memorable, stirring, and eloquent historical essays, designed to help any historian write more artfully

Is there any reason serious historical scholarship cannot receive literary expression? Even the most committed empiricists and postmodernists might achieve better results by thinking of writing as a craft, rather than a means of packaging research. This book gathers some of the most compelling efforts to make history writing eloquent, stirring, and memorable, demonstrating that even the most rigorous scholarship can take on a wide range of creative forms.
With selections from: Jonathan Spence, Simon Schama, Saidiya Hartman, Wendy Warren, Jill Lepore, Louis Masur, Jane Kamensky, and John Demos, among others.

Aaron Sachs is professor of history at Cornell University. John Demos is professor of history emeritus at Yale University. Together, they are the co-editors of the New Directions in Narrative History series.