Popular Contemporary Writers - Vol. 9

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MICHAEL
SHAARA

BORN: June 23, 1928, Jersey City, New Jersey DIED: May 5, 1988, Tallahassee, Florida IDENTIFICATION: Writer of historical fiction who is celebrated for The Killer Angels, a classic Civil War novel.


JEFF
SHAARA

BORN: February 21, 1952, New Brunswick, New Jersey IDENTIFICATION: Michael Shaara's son, writer of historical fiction who completed his father's projected trilogy with Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure.

SIGNIFICANCE: The historical fiction of Michael and Jeff Shaara focuses on America's wars. In The Killer Angels, Michael developed the technique of moving between major figures in a battle—a multiple-person point of view that exhibited the panorama of the participants' understandings. In Rise to Rebellion (on the American Revolution) and Gone for Soldiers (on the Mexican War), Jeff successfully repeated this formula. Each author has used original sources to flesh out historical characters so that, in Michael's words, the reader may know [what it was like to be there.]

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  • Title Page 1153
  • Contents 1155
  • Anna Quindlen 1157
  • Jorge Ramos 1171
  • Ruth Rendell 1181
  • Anne Rice 1197
  • J. K. Rowling 1215
  • Carl Sagan 1233
  • Michael Shaara Jeff Shaara 1247
  • Neil Simon 1263
  • Jane Smiley 1279
  • Index 1295
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