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Letter: True (and inspirational)

I challenge the Monitor’s assumption that only fiction can be inspirational. I was a reader from a very young age, but the book I remember most from my youth is Francis Parkman’s Oregon Trail. This inspired me to decades of reading in history. A good history can inspire the same kind of imagination as fiction. We learn to see outside ourselves. Mel Graykin leaves us with the false impression that all nonfiction books are badly written (“Teachers are the experts, not bureaucrats,” Monitor Forum, Oct. 9). To name just two, Samuel Eliot Morrison and Bernard DeVoto were among the very best writers. Writing matters, and all forms should be frequently required in schools.

FRED GRAF

Concord

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