when history is narrative-driven

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Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jim Hinch reveals the holes in Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve.

Hinch asks how a book which repeatedly gets its facts and insinuations wrong could have been recognized with awards like the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. He takes the time to go through and, point by point, destroy some incorrect assertions, revealing the possible underlying motives of the writing.

This has been today’s special gift to those of you unaware that literary heros lurk in every corner, ready to sound the alarm when a dastardly deed of nonfiction-based misrepresentation has been perpetrated.


Nikita Schoen is an intern at The Rumpus, and a Writing & Literature student at California College of the Arts. She lives in San Francisco. More from this author →