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Title:
Stars in their courses : the Gettysburg campaign, June-July 1863
Author:
Foote, Shelby.
Personal Author:
Edition:
1994 Modern Library edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Modern Library, 1994.
Physical Description:
viii, 290 pages : maps ; 19 cm.
General Note:
Series statement from jacket.

"Originally published by Random House, Inc., as volume II of The Civil War, a narrative : Fredericksburg to Meridian"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780679601128
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A matchless account of the Battle of Gettysburg, drawn from Shelby Foote's landmark history of the Civil War

Shelby Foote's monumental three-part chronicle, The Civil War: A Narrative, was hailed by Walker Percy as "an unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first-class novelist."

Here is the central chapter of the central volume, and therefore the capstone of the arch, in a single volume. Complete with detailed maps, Stars in Their Courses brilliantly recreates the three-day conflict: It is a masterly treatment of a key great battle and the events that preceded it--not as legend has it but as it really was, before it became distorted by controversy and overblown by remembered glory.


Author Notes

Author and historian Shelby Foote was born in Greenville, Mississippi on November 17, 1916. He was educated at the University of North Carolina and served with the U.S. Army artillery during World War II. He was dismissed in 1944 for using a government vehicle against regulations. He later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, but did not see active duty. After being discharged from the military, he briefly became a journalist.

He has written short stories, plays, and longer works, but is best known for his three-volume narrative history of the Civil War. He was awarded Guggenheim fellowships in 1958, 1959, and 1960, a Ford Foundation grant in 1963, and the Dos Passos Prize for Literature in 1988. In 2003, Foote received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. The Helmerich Award is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. He appeared in Ken Burns' PBS documentary The Civil War. He died at home in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 27, 2005 due to a heart attack. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.

(Bowker Author Biography)