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The unwritten war; American writers and the Civil War.


[1st ed.].. New York, Knopf; distributed by Random House] 1973.
ISBN 9780394465838, 0394465830

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Subjects American literature -- History and criticism.
American literature.
États-Unis -- 1861-1865 (Guerre de Sécession) -- Littérature et guerre.
Literatur.
Littérature américaine -- Histoire et critique.
Sezessionskrieg (1861-1865)
USA.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Literature and the war.
United States.
War and literature.
Series Impact of the Civil War.
Description xix, 385, xiv pages 25 cm.
Copyright Date 1973.
Notes Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Conclusion: "Such was the war" -- Supplement 1: The war prefigured -- Supplement 2: Lincoln and the writers -- Supplement 3: A further note on the "Collegians" -- Supplement 4: Emily Dickinson's "Private campaign."
I. "They break the lines of union" : Writers and politics: Taking sides ; The fallen angel and the risen saint -- The "Wholesome calamity": William Gilmore Simms and Southern wrongs ; George Templeton Strong -- reluctant abolitionist ; Yankee literati and the "Holy War" -- Dr. Holmes ; James Russell Lowell -- agitator-conservator ; Emerson goes to war.
II. A philosophical view of the whole affair : Hawthorne: lonely dissenter: Naturalist ; Chiefly about war matters ; The terrible allegory -- Whitman: the "Parturition Years": Sounding the tocsin ; Blacks and abolitionists ; "Deaths, operations, sickening wounds" ; War -- "The real article" ; "Lincoln's man" ; The convulsive years -- Melville: the conflict of convictions: Melville and Whitman ; Battle-pieces as a war narrative ; "Through terror and pity" ; Prophecies and misgivings.
III. The "malingerers" : Henry Adams: The young strategist ; Qualms and indecisions ; The House of Adams victorious ; Prospects and portents ; The unwanted man -- Henry James: The wound ; Father and sons ; "The consecrating sentiment" ; "A poor worm of peace" ; The blighted South -- William Dean Howells: The inglorious assignment ; Rediscovering the enemy ; The war assessed ; Literary consequences -- Mark Twain: The Comic mask ; Mark Twain's "campaign" ; Huck and Tom ; The fable of catastrophe.
IV. Drawing-room warriors and combatants : Gentlemen of peace and war: The "elevated" view -- Stedman, Taylor & Co. ; War poets on sea and land -- H.H. Brownell and N.S. Shaler ; Gentlemen-soldiers -- Captain O.W. Holmes, Jr., and others -- John W. De Forest: A volunteer's adventures ; Whites and blacks in pre-war Dixie ; The war in document and fiction ; The recorders -- trashy and true -- Ambrose Bierce: "Salad days" ; War internalized ; The volunteer remembers ; Soldiers v. civilians ; "A land of peace and pensions" -- Albion W. Tourgée in fact and fiction ; Tourgée's "History" ; Racism and the future.
V. The war at second hand : Stephen Crane and Harold Frederic: Recruits and veterans ; Henry Fleming's "conversion" ; Mutual admirers ; The war in Dearborn County ; Copperheads and deserters ; A dissenting voice.
VI. The South: Onlookers and participants : Writers in the Confederacy: South Carolina Quixote ; The promised renascence ; Timrod's war ; Launching the legend -- The unwritten novel: Cooke's Cavaliers ; Richard Taylor -- ironist ; David Hunter Strother -- realist ; Mrs. Chesnut's South ; Mrs. Chesnut maps a story ; Mrs. Chesnut's unfinished "novel" -- Sidney Lanier: The great wind ; Tiger-lilies and the allegory of war -- George Washington Cable: The un-Southern Confederate ; Cable on the "lost cause" ; The grandissimes.
VII. Reconstructing the Southern past : The neo-Confederates: "A holy conviction makes a holy cause" ; A stand for Dixie ; Uses of the past ; Biographical narratives ; Allen Tate and the novel as history ; The meditations of Robert Penn Warren -- William Faulkner: Faulkner and agrarians ; Licensed chronicler ; Legend-makers (men) ; Legend-makers (women) ; The truths of fantasy.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)614303
(OCoLC)ocm00614303
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Aaron, Daniel, 1912-
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