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Romance fiction, and I cannot emphasize this enough, has a history. Let’s record it.

Romance fiction is one of the most popular genres around the world. But the actual history of romance publishing and its authors is scattered across a million different sources. I want this to be a place where people interested in that history can find a lot of it in once place!

Latest Posts

Reels Review- Reference Resources!

Over on Instagram, I’ve been posting regular reels about items from my collection. A few weeks ago, I went over a few of the print reference resources that I just can’t live without! Check them out below and importantly, let me know if you have any issues with viewing them- this is a test to […]

Oops, I had an opinion.

It began, as so many things do, with a sleepy tweet on a sleepy Sunday. I was just stating an opinion- not trying to stir the pot or cause a ruckus. But. What followed was perhaps a predictable nightmare swirl that comes with going viral in romancelandia, particularly if you present as male. “Mansplainer” was […]

Three volumes of The Romantic Spirit arranged next to. each other.

The Romantic Spirit: Pre-internet Goldmine

I want you for a moment to imagine yourself in 1983 (easier for some of us than others, I know!). You’ve just finished Jayne Castle’s Candlelight Ecstasy title from the previous year, Spellbound. You need more of Castle’s distinct writing style, but you haven’t seen her name on the new release shelf at the book […]

Some updates!

It’s been quiet here, but I promise I’ve been busy. I created a new Instagram account called the Romance Historian, where I’ve been sharing shorter content about some of the random romances and reference books in my collection. Some of it will mirror content you’ve read here, but I’ll try to make sure there’s lots […]

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