In American historical fiction "the reigning champion is Max Byrd."
Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Ellis in the New York Times
Max has a new article in The American Scholar: Two Poets and a Word, about Alexander Pope and William Wordsworth. (Oct. 14, 2021)
Street Journal published Max's article on
Five Best Under-Appreciated Works of Fiction. (Nov. 6, 2020)
Pont NeufAvailable in print and audiobook
The splendidly gifted (and faintly scandalous) writer Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's famously unhappy third wife, is the presiding spirit over a great romance. Two American soldiers, torn apart by the war, meet and fall in love with Martha's protégé—the irresistibly charming and vulnerable young reporter, Annie March.
"In every sense, Pont Neuf
Max has a short story ("Arizona") in the new edition of the Santa Monica
Review, Spring 2020.
Historical fictiontelling dramatic stories about real people and events from the pastmay be our oldest literary genre.
In the Western tradition, historical fiction probably begins with the Iliad. After that it is a very rich field indeed: Shakespeare wrote history plays, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote historical fiction, War and Peace is an epic historical novel.
Max Byrd's acclaimed historical novels concern both real and invented characters. The settings are authentic, the story-telling dramatic. The Associated Press says that his novel Grant, about the last years of Ulysses S. Grant, "is typical of what Byrd does so wellcombine a minimum of fictional characters with splendid research, vivid imagination, and above all, historical accuracy to portray a truthful profile of a famous American."