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

Warfare destroys, however it additionally conjures up, stimulates, and creates. it truly is, during this approach, a muse, and a strong one at that. the yank Civil struggle used to be a very prolific muse--unleashing with its violent realities a torrent of language, from infantrymen' intimate letters and diaries to daily newspaper debts, nice speeches, and enduring literary works. In Belligerent Muse, Stephen Cushman considers the Civil warfare writings of 5 of the main major and top identified 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 checklist the trials of the struggle, Cushman analyzes their narratives and the aesthetics underlying them to provide a richer knowing of the way Civil struggle 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 heritage, Cushman makes use of the various war's most famed writers and their works to discover the profound ways that our nation's nice clash not just replaced the lives of its warring parties and chroniclers but additionally essentially reworked American letters.

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Joan Waugh and Gary W. Gallagher (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009); and “When Lincoln Met Emerson,” Journal of the Civil War Era 3, no. 2 (June 2013). 18 17 16 15 14 5 4 3 2 1 For those who learn and those who teach Contents Foreword by Gary W. Gallagher Acknowledgments Introduction CHAPTER ONE When Lincoln Met Emerson, and the Two Addresses CHAPTER TWO Walt Whitman’s Real Wars CHAPTER THREE Sherman the Writer CHAPTER FOUR Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga, and Ways to Write History CHAPTER FIVE Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Repeats Appomattox Last Words Notes Index Foreword I always have admired William Tecumseh Sherman’s Memoirs.

Amid the welter of books on diverse aspects of the Civil War published over the past two decades or so, there is nothing quite like this work. Cushman places himself in the tradition of Edmund Wilson’s Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War (1962), George M. Fredrickson’s The Inner Civil War: Northern Intellectuals and the Crisis of the Union (1965), and Daniel Aaron’s The Unwritten War: American Writers and the Civil War (1973), which is accurate in some ways but a bit deceptive in others.

Originally aesthetic appreciation of an object implied detachment from the utilitarian or instrumental value of that object. In Walden (1854), for example, Henry David Thoreau was careful to distinguish between his (presumably higher) aesthetic appreciation of the farms around Concord, Massachusetts—because of the walks they afforded him or the vistas or the sunsets—and the simpler appreciations of the farmer on whose land he trespassed, a farmer presumably much more interested in crop rotation and market prices.

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