Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped by Bierce, Ambrose; Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence; Cushman,

By Bierce, Ambrose; Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence; Cushman, Stephen; Lincoln, Abraham; Sherman, William T.; Sherman, William Tecumseh; Whitman, Walt; Whitman, Walt

Struggle destroys, however it additionally evokes, stimulates, and creates. it's, during this method, a muse, and a strong one at that. the yankee Civil warfare used to be a very prolific muse--unleashing with its violent realities a torrent of language, from squaddies' intimate letters and diaries to daily newspaper money owed, nice speeches, and enduring literary works. In Belligerent Muse, Stephen Cushman considers the Civil warfare writings of 5 of the main major and top recognized narrators of the clash: Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. contemplating their writings either as literary expressions and as efforts to list the pains of the conflict, Cushman analyzes their narratives and the aesthetics underlying them to provide a richer knowing of the way Civil battle writing chronicled the occasions of the clash as they spread out after which served to border the reminiscence of the conflict afterward.

Elegantly interweaving army and literary background, Cushman makes use of many of the war's most renowned writers and their works to discover the profound ways that our nation's nice clash not just replaced the lives of its opponents and chroniclers but additionally essentially reworked American letters.

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Together, these books shed new light on an era that remains central to our understanding of American and world history. Belligerent Muse Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War Stephen Cushman Foreword by Gary W. Gallagher The University of North Carolina Press Chapel Hill � 2014 THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS All rights reserved. Designed by Sally Scruggs. Set in Miller by codeMantra. Manufactured in the United States of America. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources.

Janney, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean, editors This landmark series interprets broadly the history and culture of the Civil War era through the long nineteenth century and beyond. Drawing on diverse approaches and methods, the series publishes historical works that explore all aspects of the war, biographies of leading commanders, and tactical and campaign studies, along with select editions of primary sources. Together, these books shed new light on an era that remains central to our understanding of American and world history.

Avid reader of German idealist philosophy and founding father of American transcendentalism, Emerson showed throughout his writing life a sweet tooth for abstraction and generalization, but this particular sweeping dismissal smacked of an embarrassing condescension, not to mention a sectional prejudice, that could easily sting or infuriate anyone from Kentucky. Emerson’s second reference to Lincoln’s home state, though bordering on caricature, stung somewhat less and came in a paragraph near the end of the lecture, one that contrasts the English and the Americans: “Climate draws the teeth, emaciates the body, spends the constitution, unbuilds and recomposes the bulky Briton into the loose-jointed, spare, swaggering Kentuckian.

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