Research in the Literary Arts
Stephen Schottenfeld is a novelist and researcher. While writing a novel requires careful attention to language and the crafting of character and narrative, it also, perhaps not so obviously, requires a great amount of research. In the popular imagination, research conjures up images of scientists in lab coats or historians pouring over dusty manuscripts. But to enter into and convincingly depict the lives of others, a novelist must engage in a demanding and mercurial kind of research.