Foote, Shelby

Foote, Shelby

(1916–  ) historian, novelist; born in Greenville, Miss. He attended the University of North Carolina (1935–37) and served in the Army (1940–44) and Marine Corps (1944–45). After establishing himself as a novelist with five well-received books, he spent twenty years crafting his epic, 2,934-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).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Foote, Shelby. "It's Worth a Grown Man's Time: An Interview with Shelby Foote." John Carr.