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Pulitzer Prize-winning author shares the secrets of ‘Catherine the Great ‘ in recent novel

Pulitzer Prize-winning author shares the secrets of ‘Catherine the Great ‘ in recent novel

By Joe Tash

Historians’ work is similar to that of novelists, in that both types of writers tell stories about people, enlivening their tales with details of their characters’ triumphs and travails, award-winning writer Robert K. Massie told local audiences this week.

While fiction writers populate their stories through their imagination, historians and biographers “have to work hard to discover the facts” by poring through mountains of documents, from letters to archives, Massie said in a recent talk to the Rancho Santa Fe Literary Society, which was held at the Marriott-Del Mar. (See page B16.)

Massie’s latest effort to unearth the stories of real...

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