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To: goldstategop
Would you classify him as a "historian"? I don't know that I would. I think of him more as a novelist who happened to be very, very knowledgable on the period of the Civil War. His books read so much better than any other history books. I must have read the three-part series five or six times now. If was was a historian, he's the most talented writer of the bunch.
9 posted on 06/28/2005 10:56:51 AM PDT by Jokelahoma (Animal testing is a bad idea. They get all nervous and give wrong answers.)
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To: Jokelahoma
Read the trilogy by Bruce Catton. It will transfix you in the same was as Shelby. RIP.
10 posted on 06/28/2005 10:58:20 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Dawgs off the coffee table.)
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To: Jokelahoma
He's definitely respected as a historian who also wrote novels.

Kibler, James E., Jr., "Shelby Foote: A Bibliography," Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 24 (Fall 1971)

He did not hold a history position at a university, but neither oes British writer Paul Johnson, who'se better than 90% of the historians out there.

23 posted on 06/28/2005 11:04:55 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Jokelahoma

"Would you classify him as a "historian"?"

Although a stately and gentle soul, his fidelity to historical accuracy makes him an "historian" in my book. He had not sold out his integrity for an academic appointment. 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. He also connected and explained, the rest of the historian's task. We have lost a fine writer and first rate historian.


25 posted on 06/28/2005 11:07:41 AM PDT by labard1
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To: Jokelahoma
Would you classify him as a "historian"?

I'd say he was BETTER than most historians. He made history come alive, and made people WANT to read and understand it.

142 posted on 06/28/2005 7:02:16 PM PDT by SuziQ
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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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