Someone was kind enough to direct my attention to a relatively new blog devoted to Kenneth L. Roberts, twentieth-century author of several well-known works of historical fiction. Roberts, who died in 1957, used his novels to examine misunderstood or unpopular characters from early American history, like Benedict Arnold and Robert Rogers. (More books to add to my reading list!)
I’ve been looking over the blog and I found it fascinating. Historical novelists are important in shaping the way we interpret the past, sometimes more so than historians. Using a blog to create an in-depth investigation of a prominent historical novelist’s life, work, and opinions is a great idea. Head on over there and check it out for yourself.