Reading the man : a portrait of Robert E. Lee through his private lettters

by Pryor, Elizabeth Brown.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War 973.7092 LEE
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Civil War
Call Number  973.7092 LEE
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E467.1.L4 P795 2007
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E467.1.L4 P795 2007
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 973.7092 PRYOR
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Non-fiction
Call Number  973.7092 PRYOR
Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 LEE
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  92 LEE
For the 200th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s birth, a new portrait drawing on previously unpublished correspondence Robert E. Lee’s war correspondence is well known, and here and there personal letters have found their way into print, but the great majority of his most intimate messages have never been made public. These letters reveal a far more complex and contradictory man than the one who comes most readily to the imagination, for it is with his family and his friends that Lee is at his most candid, most engaging, and most vulnerable. Over the past several years historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor has uncovered a rich trove of unpublished Lee materials that had been held in both private and public collections.Her new book, a unique blend of analysis, narrative, and historiography, presents dozens of these letters in their entirety, most by Lee but a few by family members. Each letter becomes a departure point for an essay that shows what the letter uniquely reveals about Lee’s time or character. The material covers all aspects of Lee’s life—his early years, West Point, his work as an engineer, his relationships with his children and his slaves, his decision to join the South, his thoughts on military strategy, and his disappointments after defeat in the Civil War. The result is perhaps the most intimate picture to date of Lee, one that deftly analyzes the meaning of his actions within the context of his personality, his relationships, and the social tenor of his times.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Robert E. Lee remains one of the most revered figures in U.S. history. For southerners he remains the personifiation of the Lost Cause, a military genius and courtly aristocrat whose nobility of spirit was worthy of the intense devotion he elicited from his men and admirers. Even Americans who despised the cause for which Lee fought express admiration for his military acumen, compassion, and kindness. But both in his personal and public life, Lee was more complicated than the iconic image suggests. Historian Pryor uses a compilation of Lee's private correspondence, adding her own commentaries, to present a more balanced but scrupulously fair portrait. There are surprises here. As commandant at West Point, Lee was far from beloved by cadets, who resented his authoritarian ways. Although Lee had his doubts about the utility of slavery as an institution, his views on race relations were hardly enlightened Still, his letters and Pryor's analysis reinforce our appreciation of Lee's best qualities, including his personal warmth, devotion to friends and family, and sense of fairness. --Jay Freeman Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Lee, Robert E. -- (Robert Edward), -- 1807-1870.
Lee, Robert E. -- (Robert Edward), -- 1807-1870 -- Correspondence.
Confederate States of America. -- Army -- Biography.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
Generals -- Confederate States of America -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.
Publisher New York :Viking,2007
Contributors Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
Language English
Description xxiv, 658 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [619]-640) and index.
ISBN 0670038296
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