Henry Wirz, who received an injury earlier in the war and never recovered properly, is portrayed not as an inhuman fiend but as a sick man struggling with a job beyond his capacities. During the next decade, that experience informed his research for and writing of Andersonvillehis novel about the Confederate prisoner of war camp.
There were criminals and saints and everything in between. There were no wooden structures for housing prisoners. After flying on several bombing missions, he asked for and received training to operate the bomber's Benjamin McKinlay Kantor, was an American journalist, novelist and screenwriter.
I had had a limited experience of the South. Thirteen thousand men perished at the prison, most of them from scurvy, diarrhea, dysentery, and exposure to the elements. MacKinlay Kantor Long Remembered Andersonville existed for 19 months and at one time held as many as 33, union prisoners although it was initially intended for only 10, The end result reads like a personal experience.
A flood of books followed this first novel, a number of which were made into films. Achieving some success byKantor began to submit short stories to the "slick magazines" glossies. For Andersonville was a project pre-dating his Long Remember the now-classic novel of Gettysburg.
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His mother, a journalist, encouraged Kantor to develop his writing style. Andersonville is clearly based on prisoner memoirs, most notably Andersonville: Blue Rider Press, Career[ edit ] Stories, journalism, and novels[ edit ] From toKantor wrote numerous stories for pulp fiction magazines, to earn a living and support his family; these works included crime stories and mysteries.
I first read it as a high school junior in the spring ofand I can still recall how I felt stifled by the descriptions of the oppression and misery of Andersonville.
Robert Hall Chilton Confederate Inspector General in Richmond who received reports from Field Surgeons, and consequently wondered, in print, about the judgment of history if the abominations at Andersonville remained uncorrected.
He established his own publishing house, and published several of his works in the s and s. It changed my life. He wrote two works for young readers set in the Civil War years: They brought food that was surplus from their farms. There are now 33, prisoners in Andersonville.
His mother returned to her parents in Webster City, Mr. In addition to journalism and novels, Kantor wrote the screenplay for Gun Crazy aka Deadly Is the Femalea noted film noir. He owned slaves and loved nature and felt himself to be a decent man. I am amazed to find myself at the beginning of chapter 7 and still amidst the details prior to the development of Andersonville.
MacKinlay Kantor He worked for newspapers in Iowa and elsewhere while publishing stories, eventually publishing his first novel, Diversey, in My family had driven from Michigan This is a book that I read as a young teenager. Moreover, several of his novels[ which? Claffey is a humane and reflective man appalled at what comes to be at Andersonville.
He is probably 50 and has several slaves that help him farm the land. Deep in the quiet Georgia countryside lies twenty-six and a half acres of land that once were home to 45, men. Achieving some success byKantor began to submit short stories to the "slick magazines" glossies. The Battle Cry of Freedom:Andersonville [MacKinlay Kantor] on bigskyquartet.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
The greatest of our Civil War novels.
— The New York Times. The Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the Andersonville Fortress and its use as a concentration camp /5().
Sep 02, · Andersonville was the subject of a novel published sixty years ago that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. MacKinlay Kantor’s Andersonville () was the fruit of years of research and a longstanding interest Kantor had in the prison.
It wasn’t his first Civil War novel. MacKinlay Kantor (February 4, – October 11, ), born Benjamin McKinlay Kantor, was an American journalist, novelist and screenwriter. He wrote more than 30 novels, several set during the American Civil War, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Children: Tim Kantor, Layne Kantor.
“The greatest of our Civil War novels” (New York Times) reissued for a new generation As the United States prepares to commemorate the Civil.
Andersonville is a novel by MacKinlay Kantor concerning the Confederate prisoner of war camp, Andersonville prison, during the American Civil War (–).
The novel was originally published inand won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year. Man's inhumanity to Man — and the redeeming flashes of mercy — this is the theme at the heart of this grim record in fictional form of one of the blots on the nation's history.Download