By Edmund Wilson
Regarded via many critics as Edmund Wilson's maximum e-book, Patriotic Gore brilliantly portrays the giant political, non secular, and fabric main issue of the Civil warfare as mirrored within the lives and writings of a few thirty consultant Americans.
Critical/biographical pics of such extraordinary figures as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. furnish, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Chesnut, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Oliver Wendell Holmes end up Wilson to be the consummate witness to the main eloquently recorded period in American heritage.
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