I have been researching late 19th century France for Sophie lately. I did a lot of research on the time period and the Dreyfus Affair way back before I wrote the first draft, of course, but while writing, questions arise. For this manuscript, most of those questions had to do with being Jewish in that time and place.
Research is fascinating, and therefore dangerous. So many things to learn! So many reasons to keep reading!
I’m currently reading a book about the beginnings of the Zionist movement, and I’ve learned some interesting facts that I’d love to weave into a manuscript, or even base a manuscript on, someday.
For instance, Victor Hugo (author of Notre Dame de Paris, known in English as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, among other works of great literary merit) headed an organization in the 1880s that rescued Russian Jews, who were at the time suffering from the pogroms.
Theodore Herzl, considered the father of the Zionist movement, had syphilis in his 20s, and possibly lupus in his 30s.
Max Nordau wrote a book in 1892 called (in English) Degeneracy that argued that some art (including literature) was degenerate, and therefore the artists were degenerate, and the public needed to be warned of degenerate content. His ideas led to the destruction of art and artists in Germany in the years leading up to World War II.
Can’t you just see the possibilities? What have you read recently that got your creative juices flowing and the wheels turning?