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historical fiction

the genre of literature, film, etc., comprising narratives that take place in the past and are characterized chiefly by an imaginative reconstruction of historical events and personages.
works of this genre, as novels and plays. Unabridged
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  • Recently there has been a notable revival in historical fiction.

  • The world is filled with historical fiction; it is the cant and the sham of the hour.

  • Whatever may be said of the physical facts of this narrative, its mental facts, its tone and atmosphere, are historical fiction.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • historical fiction and popular fancy delight in such contrasts.

  • The truth is that in my mind the story is nothing but a serious and even earnest attempt at a bit of historical fiction.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
Contemporary definitions for historical fiction

a novel set among actual events or a specific period of history; also called historical novel's 21st Century Lexicon
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