Patriotic Gore (Paperback)

Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

By Edmund Wilson

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393312560, 848pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 1994

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Regarded by many critics as Edmund Wilson's greatest book, Patriotic Gore brilliantly portrays the vast political, spiritual, and material crisis of the Civil War as reflected in the lives and writings of some thirty representative Americans.

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.

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

[Patriotic Gore] has long enjoyed a special and respected place as one of the most remarkable and readable books about the greatest tragedy in American history.

— C. Vann Woodward