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Civil War authority Shelby Foote dead
AP via ^ | 28 June 2005 | Unattributed

Posted on 06/28/2005 10:45:07 AM PDT by Moose4

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- Novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Foote, whose appearances on a PBS-TV documentary series helped America better understand one of the most defining periods of its past, has died, his family said Tuesday.

Foote's widow, Gwen, said her husband, who was 88, died Monday night.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: civilwar; dixie; foote; godsgravesglyphs; obituary; shelbyfoote; wbts
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To: Corin Stormhands; SuziQ

FYI - a true gentleman.

151 posted on 06/28/2005 7:57:36 PM PDT by osagebowman
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To: Bahbah

He was a great person. Loved to hear his soothing voice tell those stories like he was there.

152 posted on 06/28/2005 8:02:56 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: labard1
And yes, unlike most professional (academic) historians, he wrote in a way that most of us enjoyed reading his works. He did bring history alive, and that strikes me as the finest quality of a good historian.

Probably why he was not an academic. He and David McCullough brought history to the masses.

Foote was a great author and a great historian.

153 posted on 06/28/2005 8:34:18 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Moose4

IMHO, the best books about the Civil War are:

1. The three-volume series "The Civil War" by Shelby Foote.

2. The three-volume series "Lee's Lieutenants" by Douglas Southhall Freeman.

3. The three-volume series about the Army of The Potomac written by Bruce Catton, that ended with "A Stillness at Appomatox."

154 posted on 06/28/2005 8:41:13 PM PDT by 04-Bravo (If I make it to heaven, give me a rebel yell...)
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To: BigCinBigD

I remember being awestruck hearing those words in the series.
How can someone write so eloquently?

155 posted on 06/28/2005 8:45:37 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland
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To: Moose4

Condolences to the family. Reading his trilogy now (1/3 thru book 2). He was thoroughly enjoyable on the Civil War series on PBS. RIP. A fan.

156 posted on 06/28/2005 8:52:49 PM PDT by buzzsaw6 (Major, USAF/Scoutmaster/American by birth...Southern by the grace of God)
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To: Ditto

I just read your link. Thank you. I really enjoyed it.

157 posted on 06/28/2005 8:54:11 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
That's they they wrote and talked back then. So much has been lost in the name of progress.For more examples also see God's and Generals.
I posted that letter because that's the one thing that stuck in my mind from the series, and thought it a appropriate epitaph for Mr. Foote.
158 posted on 06/28/2005 9:18:09 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: pbrown

Good interview of a very interesting and talented man. He accomplished much in his four score and "eight".

159 posted on 06/28/2005 9:26:53 PM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Moose4

There is a wound in the soul of the south tonight... a great man of letters has passed...

Rest in Peace.

160 posted on 06/28/2005 9:31:26 PM PDT by Barney59
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To: BigCinBigD
My very dear Sarah:

Thank you...I can't read that enough....

161 posted on 06/28/2005 9:39:20 PM PDT by paulat
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To: Ditto
Thank you for posting that very informative link on Mr. Foote.

We have lost one of America's most brilliant historians. May he be a total peace.

162 posted on 06/28/2005 9:51:39 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: stainlessbanner
though i was no great fan of Foote's, i mourn his passing. he had some smart things to say.

free dixie,sw

163 posted on 06/29/2005 7:21:32 AM PDT by stand watie (being a damnyankee is no better than being a racist. it is a LEARNED prejudice against dixie.)
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To: Jokelahoma
Would you classify him as a "historian"?

Did you read your own post? :-)

164 posted on 06/29/2005 3:20:53 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Moose4

Book TV Programs
A Weekly Look at Selected Book TV Programs

On Saturday, July 2 at 4:00 pm

Re-air of the 2001 program In Depth: Shelby Foote

Description: In September 2001, Book TV traveled to Shelby Foote's home in Memphis, Tennessee. This three hour program looks at Mr. Foote's complete body of work. The Civil War historian died Monday, June 27th, at age 88.

Author Bio: Shelby Foote was born in Greenville, Mississippi in 1916. He attended the University of North Carolina from 1935 to 1937 where he frequently contributed to the school literary magazine Carolina. Mr. Foote’s first novel, "Tournament," was published in 1949. It was followed quickly by four other works of fiction: "Follow Me Down (1950)," "Love in a Dry Season (1951)," "Shiloh (1952)", and "Jordan County (1954)". The success of "Shiloh" prompted Random House publisher Bennett Cerf to ask Mr. Foote to write a short history of the Civil War to be published for the hundredth anniversary of the conflict. He eventually worked on this three-volume history of the war for twenty years, finally completing it in 1974.The trilogy includes "Fort Sumter to Perryville," published in 1958, "Fredericksburg to Meridian" published in 1963, and finally "Red River to Appomattox," published in 1974. In 1977 Shelby Foote published "September, September," a novel about events in the south in 1957. In the early 1990s, Shelby Foote participated in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary of the Civil War. In 1998, Jay Tolson edited and published "The Correspondence of Shelby Foote & Walker Percy," documenting Foote's sixty year friendship with southern novelist Walker Percy through the letters they exchanged. Also in 1998, Shelby Foote wrote a 10,000 word introduction to a new Modern Library edition of Stephen Crane's "Red Badge of Courage", the 19th century classic Civil War novel. Mr. Foote has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and a lecturer at the University of Virginia and Memphis State. At the time of his death June 27th, Shelby Foote lived in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife Gwen Rapier.

Publisher: Random House 299 Park Avenue New York, NY 10171

165 posted on 07/02/2005 1:17:56 PM PDT by leadpenny
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Thanks Moose4.

Note: this topic is from June 28, 2005.

Blast from the Past.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.

166 posted on 04/15/2012 7:16:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time --
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