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

A Volunteer's Adventures: A Union Captain's Record of the Civil War By John William De Forest; James H. Croushore Yale University Press, 1946
Minor American Novelists By Charles Alva Hoyt Southern Illinois University Press, 1970
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Reporting Triumph, Saving a Nation: "Interesting Juxtapositions" in John W. De Forest's Civil War By Newhouse, Wade Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 32, No. 2, Autumn 2004
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Criticism and Fiction, and Other Essays By W. D. Howells; Clara Marburg Kirk; Rudolf Kirk New York University Press, 1959
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The South in American Literature, 1607-1900 By Jay B. Hubbell Duke University Press, 1973
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American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary By 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 By Robert A. Lively University of North Carolina Press, 1957
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Howells and the Age of Realism By Everett Carter Lippincott, 1954
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Neither Black nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature By 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 By 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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