R. E. LEE by Douglas Southall Freeman
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My vote to date for the Pulitzer Prize for biography goes to this amazing biography of Lee. There are to be four volumes -- and there's not a dull page in the 1,200 odd pages of the first two. A definitive life -- yes -- but more than that. It's the man himself, flesh and blood and bones and sinews, brain and heart and soul. The Winston life, published last Spring by Morrow, was adequate, but, in this reader's opinion, it lacked spark. This is full of the sort of word pictures, small incidents, anecdotes that make Lee alive again. The first volume ends with Davis' summoning Lee to Richmond to assign him to the anomalous position in the seat of government. The second volume ends with the death of Stonewall Jackson. Index for volumes one and two contained in volume two. Appendix in each volume. Thoroughly documented throughout.

Pub Date: Oct. 5th, 1934
Publisher: Scribner