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Shelby Foote - Life and Career, Bibliography, Quotes, Trivia

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Historian and novelist, born in Greenville, Mississippi, USA. He studied at the University of North Carolina (1935–7) and served in the Army (1940–4) and Marine Corps (1944–5). After establishing himself as a novelist with five well-received books, including Shiloh (1952), he spent 20 years crafting his epic, 2934-page, three-volume The Civil War: A Narrative (1958, 1963, 1974). His even-handed but moving military account of the Civil War is generally considered history-as-literature at its best. His last substantial novel was September, September (1978). He became familiar to television viewers as consultant and talking head on the Ken Burns series The Civil War (1990).

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