12 April 2003

A New Novel about the Revolution

A friend of mine sent me this information regarding former President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jimmy Carter's first work of historical fiction will be published this fall.

Chalk up another first for former President Jimmy Carter. The Nobel Peace Prize winner will publish "The Hornet's Nest," his debut novel this fall. Publisher Simon & Schuster is scheduling a late autumn release for Carter's work of historical fiction.

According to S&S executive director of publicity Victoria Meyer, the novel will "depict the drama of the Revolutionary War as it evolved in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. It describes the causes and dramatizes the struggle for freedom based on detailed accounts by British and American historians, personal diaries of the combatants and what the author knows about the participation of one of his ancestors." When we phoned on Monday, Meyer said Simon & Schuster had not set a publication date but
"one should be forthcoming shortly."

Said S&S executive vice president David Rosenthal in a prepared statement: "This is our fourth book with President Carter. We are thrilled he has again chosen to collaborate with us and honored to be his publisher."

I've long been interested in reading a GOOD historical novel about the American Revolution. Although I enjoyed "Johnny Tremain" and "Arundel" both of these books had their problems. It seems that Americans are constitutionally incapable of writing decent fiction about our founding moment. Perhaps President Carter will be up to the task.


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