Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters

Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters

Elizabeth Brown Pryor


For the two hundredth anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s beginning, a brand new portrait drawing on formerly unpublished correspondence

Robert E. Lee’s warfare correspondence is widely known, and right here and there own letters have discovered their means into print, however the nice majority of his so much intimate messages have by no means been made public. those letters show a much more complicated and contradictory guy than the person who comes such a lot effectively to the mind's eye, for it's along with his kinfolk and his pals that Lee is at his such a lot candid, most tasty, and such a lot susceptible. during the last numerous years historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor has exposed a wealthy trove of unpublished Lee fabrics that have been held in either inner most and public collections.

Her new booklet, a distinct mix of research, narrative, and historiography, provides dozens of those letters of their entirety, so much by means of Lee yet a number of by way of relatives. each one letter turns into a departure element for an essay that indicates what the letter uniquely finds approximately Lee’s time or personality. the fabric covers all points of Lee’s life—his early years, West element, his paintings as an engineer, his relationships together with his little ones and his slaves, his choice to affix the South, his concepts on army procedure, and his disappointments after defeat within the Civil battle. the result's maybe the main intimate photograph thus far of Lee, person who deftly analyzes the which means of his activities in the context of his character, his relationships, and the social tenor of his times.

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