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Why is Biographical Fiction So Hot? March 25, 2013

Posted by Carolyn Burns Bass in biofic, biographical fiction, MediaMonday.
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MediaMonday for March 25, 2013: Why is Biographical Fiction So Hot? Source media by Alexandra Alter from the Wall Street Journal article Zelda’s Moment, March 21, 2013. Author Erika Robuck, whose novel Call Me Zelda, publishes in May, will join the discussion.


The latest crop of novels about the wives of famous men include works about the wives of Benedict Arnold, Napoleon, Charles Lindbergh, Robert Louis Stevenson and the mountaineer George Mallory.

“It’s that perfect combination of somebody you’re already interested in, but you don’t know as much about them as you think you know,” says Hope Dellon, executive editor of St. Martin’s Press, who edited “Z.”

Biographical fiction (biofic) is fiction featuring historical characters as central protagonists.