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Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War (1962)

by Edmund Wilson

Other authors: C. Vann Woodward (Foreword)

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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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In 1962, when the book was published, one of the greatest literary critics of the era wrote a thick book about Civil War literature that doesn't include a single reference to writing by African American authors. Not only no Solomon Northup, but also no Frederick Douglass...an unthinkable lack of vision about "Civil War literature" that makes this interesting reading on a whole other level.

The first essay is about Harriet Beecher Stowe; I read with interest that Uncle Tom's Cabin was out of print from the late 1880's until the late 1940's.

David Blight wrote an interesting article about this book in Slate, titled "Edmund Wilson's Patriotic Gore is Not Really Much Like Any Other Book By Anyone," link here:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/history/2012/03/edmund_wilson_s_patriotic_gor..... ( )
  poingu | Jan 31, 2015 |
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. ( )
  dragon25a | Apr 23, 2012 |
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. ( )
  JBreedlove | Dec 10, 2008 |
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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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Contents:
Harriet Beecher Stowe --
Calvin Stowe; Francis Grierson; The battle hymn of the republic; The union as religious mysticism --
Abraham Lincoln --
Northern soldiers: Ulysses S. Grant --
Northern soldiers: William T. Sherman --
Northerners in the South: Frederick L. Olmsted, John T. Trowbridge --
Northerners in the South: Charlotte Forten and Colonel Higginson --
Three Confederate ladies: Kate Stone, Sarah Morgan, Mary Chesnut --
Southern soldiers: Richard Taylor, John S. Mosby, Robert E. Lee --
Diversity of opinion in the South: William J. Grayson, George Fitzhugh, Hilton R. Helper --
Alexander H. Stephens --
The myth of the old South; Sidney Lanier; Poetry of the Civil War; Sut Lovingood --
Novelists of the post-war South: Albion Tourgée, George W. Cable, Kate Chopin, Thomas Nelson --
Ambrose Bierce on the Owl Creek Bridge --
The chastening of American prose style; John W. De Forest --
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
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