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While history offers us many stories worth telling, some belong to other people, who paid for them with their lives. We may retell their stories badly or well. We may embellish them or get them wrong. But we should not do so blithely, just as we should not scrawl slogans on other people's houses, or stride into their living rooms to replace the furniture. Thinking that we can is not novel history. It's novel morality, unworthy of artists and storytellers.
-Carlin Romano, Accuracy: A Novel Notion in Historical Novels? Chronicle of Higher Education, (vol. 47, no. 31), p. B13, April 13, 2001