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By Elisabeth Muhlenfeld

"In her admirable biography of Mary Chesnut, Elisabeth Muhlenfeld has American literature in addition to American background in her debt." -- C. Vann Woodward

Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut (1823--1886) is understood this present day for her first-class firsthand account of lifestyles within the accomplice States of the US. A Diary from Dixie (republished in 1981 as Mary Chesnut's Civil War)is excess of an easy diary, notwithstanding, for Mrs. Chesnut's drawing room used to be a social middle for lots of of the main in demand political and armed forces figures within the Confederacy. Elisabeth Muhlenfeld's specialist biography makes use of Mrs. Chesnut's autobiographical writings, her papers, and people of her family members, in addition to released assets. It strains her existence in South Carolina from her youth, because the daughter of a governor and usa senator, via her education and her marriage to James Chesnut, Jr., the son of a prosperous South Carolina planter. throughout the battle her husband served as an aide to P. G. T. Beauregard and to Jefferson Davis, reaching the rank of general.

Muhlenfeld emphasizes Mary Chesnut's final 20 years, whilst she helped her relations throughout the intricacies of repaying significant accounts incurred in the course of the Civil struggle, rebuilding wrecked houses, and reestablishing a few degree of order and safeguard. those have been additionally the years of her severe writing. She experimented with fiction, writing 3 novels and translating others from the French; and in 1881 she all started the final revisions of her Civil warfare magazine. within the descriptive passages, characterizations, thematic styles, and total constitution of the revised magazine, Chesnut hired the suggestions she had realized by means of writing fiction.

Besides including to our wisdom of this strange nineteenth-century southern girl, Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Biography complements our wisdom of the heritage of ladies often because it delineates the transformation of a wartime diary into the chronicle that is still a tremendous rfile in southern history.

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