Tuesday, July 10, 2012

News at Eleven: Sir Walter Scott, more than any other writer,

shaped Americans' conception of manliness, bravery and combat in the period leading up to the Civil War. And his influence did not end once the fighting began.

If the lived reality of four years of suffering and slaughter did not neatly conform to Scott's knightly norms, the war as presented in romantic Southern poetry very often did.

from The New York Times: The Author of the Civil War


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