By Edmund Wilson
Regarded through many critics as Edmund Wilson's maximum e-book, Patriotic Gore brilliantly portrays the massive political, non secular, and fabric trouble of the Civil conflict as mirrored within the lives and writings of a few thirty consultant Americans.
Critical/biographical photographs of such remarkable figures as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. provide, 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 background.
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