Western-Civilization Defenders Honored
Duin, Julia, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Two literary giants, one known for his narratives on the Civil War and the other a French novelist, journalist and filmmaker, will be awarded prizes tomorrow in Chicago for their efforts toward the restoration of Western civilization.
Historian Shelby Foote and novelist Jean Raspail will receive the Ingersoll Prizes from the Rockford Institute, through an arrangement with the Ingersoll Foundation. Mr. Foote will receive the Richard M. Weaver Award for Scholarly Letters, and Mr. Raspail will receive the T.S. Eliot Award for Creative Writing. Each man will receive $20,000.
Mr. Foote, 81, a Mississippi native, is best known for his three-volume narrative "The Civil War: A Narrative, Fredericksburg to Meridian." He also contributed to the 1990 television documentary on the Civil War produced by Ken Burns.
Mr. Raspail, 72, a native of Chemille, France, wrote novels such as "The Camp of the Saints," "Who Will Remember the People?" and "Sept Cavaliers," as well as two dozen other novels, histories, travelogues and film narratives.
The Ingersoll awards are for writers who seek to build up, not tear down, Western ideals and civilization, said Thomas Fleming, executive secretary of the prizes. They are partly a reaction to the Nobel Prize for literature, he said, which as a rule has gone to "writers of no particular quality or significance. …