Spring 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 2 Editor's Notes |

Editor’s Notes

In November 2011, the trustees of The Kenyon Review honored Simon Schama with their annual Award for Literary Achievement. This was something of a departure, given the authors thus honored in the last decade. For Mr. Schama is recognized as a historian, a cultural critic, and as a writer and presenter of television documentaries. In other words, he is neither a novelist nor a poet. (Though I will happily argue that he writes some pretty dandy fiction in Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations.) Surely historians from Herodotus and Thucydides to Gibbon and Churchill have entertained literary aspirations. They were telling stories meant to move the reader, to bring scenes and characters to life, to enchant with their language, not just to convey logistics and chronology. This may remind us just how narrowly in our own generation we've fenced the ambit for things literary. It's equally true, moreover, that once one begins reading most anything by Simon Schama, from the histo

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David H. Lynn is the editor emeritus of The Kenyon Review, a professor of English, and special assistant to the president of the college. He was the editor of the Review from 1994 to 2020. As an author, he received a 2016 O. Henry Award for "Divergence." His latest collection, Children of God: New & Selected Stories, was published in 2019 by Braddock Avenue Books.

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Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

In November 2011, the trustees of The Kenyon Review honored Simon Schama with their annual Award for Literary Achievement. This was something of a departure, given the authors thus honored […]

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

In November 2011, the trustees of The Kenyon Review honored Simon Schama with their annual Award for Literary Achievement. This was something of a departure, given the authors thus honored […]

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