Patriotic gore; studies in the literature of the American Civil War

by Edmund Wilson

Hardcover, 1962




New York, Oxford University Press, 1962.


Critical/biographical portraits of such notable figures as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Chesnut, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Oliver Wendell Holmes prove Wilson to be the consummate witness to the most eloquently recorded era in American history.

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LibraryThing member JBreedlove
Wilson discusses an obscure subject of an historically turbulent period and not only explains the transformation of American letters but the social and cultural underpinnings that led to the evolution of American literature. If a great book is one that is written well, interesting, and enlightening than this is a great book.… (more)
LibraryThing member dragon25a
Relying heavily on primary sources, such as diaries and letters, Wilson presents the Civil War era in a more compelling fashion than many accounts that are more didactic or linked to preconceived themes and premises. His insights into what these sources reveal about the nature of war and how it is viewed in the moment versus revisionist history help to shed more light on how this terrible conflict occurred and how it affected people who lived through it. An excellent book.… (more)




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