Wish I'd said that - November 19, 2015

“Of course the historical appetite of people is served, and will continue to be served, with plenty of junk food. Of that professional historians may be aware. Yet the existence of this appetite for history is ignored by many of them – and, alas, by most administrators of educational institutions. Perhaps the most startling evidence of this appetite – perhaps more precisely: of this recent evolution of consciousness – has been the (now at least fifty-year-old) change in the relationship between history and the novel. Within commercial publishing, popular histories have been outselling novels for at least fifty years. It is now accepted that serious biographies belong to history: biographies sell quite well...”

John Lukacs At the End of an Age

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