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Collection Title: Foote (Shelby) Proof of Red River to Appomattox

Collection Number: M115

Dates: 1974

Volume: 0.25 cu. ft.

Provenance: Sent by Foote to Dr. Bell I. Wiley, head of the history department at Emory University, for his comments. Presented to Mr. Harry Woodbury by Dr. Wiley as a token of their many years of friendship. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Woodbury of Gulfport, Mississippi, circa 1985.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Shelby Foote was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on November 17, 1916. He graduated from the public schools of Greenville and attended the University of North Carolina, a classmate of Walker and LeRoy Percy. Following college, he served first in the National Guard and then in the Marine Corps during World War II. With the latter unit, he served overseas and rose to the rank of captain.

After the war, Foote returned to Greenville and worked for the Delta Democrat-Times. His first novel, Tournament, was published in 1949, and four others followed by 1954. With the success of these works, Foote began writing a short history of the Civil War for Random House. His contract was for a single volume of about 200,000 words. Volume I of The Civil War: A Narrative, which was completed in 1958, came to approximately 400,000 words. Two other volumes completed the massive history in 1963 and 1974.

Through his work on the narrative history, Foote was supported by three Guggenheim fellowships. He was also selected writer in residence at the University of Virginia in 1963 and nominated six times for the National Book Award.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of the uncorrected first proofs in two soft bound volumes for Volume III of Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative. Entitled Red River to Appomattox, these volumes were sent by Foote to Dr. Bell I. Wiley, head of the history department at Emory University, for his comments and opinions. Some of Dr. Wiley's notes are written on the frontispiece of volume one.

Related Collections:

Shelby Foote Oral History Interview, vol. 79. A copy of the transcript is available in the McCain Library, call number F341.5 .M57.

Bell I. Wiley Oral History Interview, vol. 211. A copy of the transcript is available in the McCain Library, call number F341.5 .M57.

Copies of books by Shelby Foote are available in the Cook, McCain, and Cox Libraries:

Tournament (New York: Dial Press, 1949), call number PS3511.O348 T68x (Cook, McCain).

Follow Me Down (New York: Dial Press, 1950), call number PS3511.O348 F64x (Cook, McCain, Cox).

Love in a Dry Season (New York: Dial Press, 1951), call number PS3511.O348 L68x (Cook, McCain).

Shiloh, a Novel (New York: Dial Press, 1952), call number PS3511.O348 S5 (Cook, McCain, Cox).

Jordan County: A Landscape in Narrative (New York: Dial Press, 1954), call number PS3511.O348 J67x (Cook, McCain, Cox).

The Civil War, a Narrative (New York: Random House, 1958-74), call number E468 .F7 (Cook, McCain, Cox).

Three Novels: Follow Me Down; Jordan County; Love in a Dry Season (New York: Dial Press, 1964), call number PS3511.O348 A15 1964 (Cox).

Deep Delta [videorecording] (Jackson: Mississippi Center for Educational Television, 1975), call number PS266.M7 D44x 1975 (Cook).

September, September (New York: Random House, 1978), call number PS3511.O348 S46x (Cook, McCain).

Conversations with Shelby Foote, edited by William C. Carter (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1989), call number PS3511.O348 Z465 1989 (McCain).

The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863 (New York: Modern Library, 1995), call number E475.27 .F66 1995 (McCain).

The Correspondence of Shelby Foote & Walker Percy, edited by Jay Tolson (New York: Center for Documentary Studies in association with Norton, 1997), call number PS3511.O348 Z468 1997 (Cook, McCain).


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