Dorothy Dunnett is best known for her series of historical fiction – The Lymond Chronicles, and The House of Niccolo – set in the 15th century. Considering her genre I can understand her seeing imagination as a last resort.
I haven’t read any of her historical fiction, but finding they celebrate a Dorothy Dunnett Day in Edinburgh I guess she has a good following. I doubt very seriously if she discounted imagination altogether, after all she was a painter and sculptress. She appeared to want to emphasis how important facts are to history.
Colleen, thanks for the opportunity to search for pearls of wisdom in the sea or authors. I enjoy it when I write, and later when I read what my friends have found and shared.