Shelby Foote

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Author, Journalist(1916–2005)
Shelby Foote was an American historian and novelist who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative. He was also a significant contributor to the Ken Burns series The Civil War.

Synopsis

Shelby Foote was born on November 17, 1916, in Greenville, Mississippi. He studied at the University of North Carolina and served in both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. After establishing himself as a novelist, Foote spent 20 years crafting his three-volume The Civil War: A Narrative. He became familiar to television viewers as a consultant and talking head on the Ken Burns series The Civil War. He died in 2005.

Profile

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, 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. He became familiar to television viewers as consultant and talking head on the Ken Burns series The Civil War (1990).

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