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Mary Chesnut's Civil War Epic
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Mary Chesnut's Civil War Epic

Julia A. Stern

Abstract

A genteel southern intellectual, saloniste, and wife to a prominent colonel in Jefferson Davis's inner circle, Mary Chesnut today is remembered best for her penetrating Civil War diary. Composed between 1861 and 1865 and revised thoroughly from the late 1870s until Chesnut's death in 1886, the diary was published first in 1905, again in 1949, and later, to great acclaim, in 1981. This complicated literary history and the questions that attend it—which edition represents the real Chesnut? To what genre does this text belong?—may explain why the document largely has, until now, been overlooked i ... More

Keywords: Mary Chesnut, Civil War diary, American writers, Faulkner, literary history, women's writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226773285
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226773315.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia A. Stern, author