Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1962 - History - 816 pages
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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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Review: Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

User Review  - Myles - Goodreads

I don't often read books of literary essays anymore, but Wilson was a very fine critic and he brings to light some interesting writers of the Civil War era I hadn't come across before. He also reminds ... Read full review

Review: Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

User Review  - Chuck - Goodreads

This is a superb book. I learned much from it. I rarely give a rating of five stars, but Wilson certainly earned it. Read full review

Contents

Harriet Beecher Stowe
3
Calvin Stowe Francis Grierson The Battle Hymn
59
Abraham Lincoln
99
Ulysses S Grant
131
John T Trowbridge
219
Charlotte Forten
239
Kate Stone Sarah
258
Richard Taylor John
299
Alexander H Stephens
380
The Myth of the Old South Sidney Lanier
438
Albion
529
Ambrose Bierce on the Owl Creek Bridge
617
The Chastening of American Prose Style John
635
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
743
Index
797
Copyright

William
336

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About the author (1962)

Wilson roamed the world and read widely in many languages. He was a journalist for leading literary periodicals: Vanity Fair, where he was briefly managing editor; The New Republic, where he was associate editor for five years; and the New Yorker, where he was book reviewer in the 1940s. These varied experiences were typical of Wilson's range of interests and ability. Eternally productive and endlessly readable, he conquered American literature in countless essays. If he is idiosyncratic and lacks a rigid mold, that probably contributes to his success as a literary critic, since he was not committed to interpretation in the straitjacket of some popular approach or dogma. His critical position suits his cosmopolitan background---historical and sociological considerations prevail. He went through a brief Marxist period and experimented with Freudian criticism. Axel's Castle (1931), a penetrating analysis of the symbolist writer, has exerted a great influence on contemporary literary criticism. Its dedication, to Christian Gauss of Princeton, reads:"It was principally from you that I acquired.. .my idea of what literary criticism ought to be---a history of man's ideas and imaginings in the setting of the conditions which have shaped them."His volume of satiric short stories, Memoirs of Hecate County (1946), with its frankly erotic passages, was the subject of court cases in a less tolerant decade than the present one. It was Wilson's own favorite among his writings, but he complained that those individuals who like his other work tend to disregard it.

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