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Not By Fact Alone

John Clive.

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ISBN 10: 0394489535 / ISBN 13: 9780394489537
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Knopf, 1989. first ed. review copy. new in DJ 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 2521

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Title: Not By Fact Alone

Binding: Hardcover

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Destined to become a classic of historical criticism, this last collection of essays by the award-winning biographer and historian John Clive is a testament to his lifelong passion for the study of history as art and literature rather than science. Winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

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In Clive's reckoning, Thomas Carlyle was "not primarily a historian," but a self-appointed prophet and sage whose hero-worship tinged his Frederick the Great , Hitler's favorite book. The theme of these erudite essays by a Harvard professor is that great historians' personal crises and childhood influences molded the way they wrote and the strategies they employed to give their writing its staying power. Edward Gibbon, presented here as a great wit--which is how his contemporaries viewed him--used sexual innuendo and sneers at religion to win over readers of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to his point of view. Thomas Macaulay, a habitual daydreamer, draped his narratives over a scaffold of seemingly haphazard anecdotes. Clive ( Macaulay: The Shaping of the Historian ) also probes "enlightened conservative" Alexis de Tocqueville and Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss critic of the modern nation-state, among others. History Book Club alternate.
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