John William De Forest

John William De Forest (də fôr´əst, fŏr´–), 1826–1906, American author, b. Seymour, Conn. He served in the Civil War, chiefly as a captain. His vivid accounts of battle scenes in Louisiana and Sheridan's Shenandoah valley campaign, published in Harper's Monthly, were among the finest contemporaneous war records. Best known as a novelist, he was the author of Kate Beaumont (1872), a study of South Carolina culture, and Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty (1876), the first realistic novel of the Civil War.

See A Volunteer's Adventures (ed. by J. H. Croushore, 1946); biography by F. Bergmann (1971); study by J. F. Light (1965).

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John William De Forest: Selected full-text books and articles

Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty
J. W. De Forest.
Harper & Brothers, 1939
A Volunteer's Adventures: A Union Captain's Record of the Civil War
John William De Forest; James H. Croushore.
Yale University Press, 1946
Minor American Novelists
Charles Alva Hoyt.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1970
Librarian’s tip: "John William De Forest's 'Great American Novel'" begins on p. 10
Reporting Triumph, Saving a Nation: "Interesting Juxtapositions" in John W. De Forest's Civil War
Newhouse, Wade.
Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 32, No. 2, Autumn 2004
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Criticism and Fiction, and Other Essays
W. D. Howells; Clara Marburg Kirk; Rudolf Kirk.
New York University Press, 1959
Librarian’s tip: "John William De Forest (1826-1906)" begins on p. 206
The South in American Literature, 1607-1900
Jay B. Hubbell.
Duke University Press, 1973
Librarian’s tip: "John William De Forest" begins on p. 393
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary
E. C. Applegate.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "John William De Forest (1826-1906)" begins on p. 97
Fiction Fights the Civil War: An Unfinished Chapter in the Literary History of the American People
Robert A. Lively.
University of North Carolina Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John William De Forest begins on p. 149
Howells and the Age of Realism
Everett Carter.
Lippincott, 1954
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John De Forest begins on p. 77
Neither Black nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature
Werner Sollors.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Abolitionists 'are too good for me': John William De Forest's 'A Gentleman of an Old School'" begins on p. 215
Hearts and Minds: A Personal Chronicle of Race in America
Harry S. Ashmore.
Seven Locks Press, 1988 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John De Forest begins on p. 62
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