Book Discussion and Signing with Randall Fuller
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Civil War's dramatic effect on American literature will be examined during a special program on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. This Civil War Sesquicentennial presentation in the Museum's Union Theater is free and open to the public, but reservations must be made by calling (217) 558-8934. A book signing will follow.
The program will be presented by Randall Fuller, author of From Battlefields Rising: How The Civil War Transformed American Literature. Fuller's book and talk explore the profound impact of the war on writers including Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, and Frederick Douglass. Whitman was deeply affected by his years spent ministering to wounded soldiers, and his later works reflected it. Dickinson suffused the anguish of war in poems she wrote from afar. Meanwhile, Hawthorne temporarily ceased writing as he was overwhelmed by reading military reports and talking with soldiers. The Civil War forever changed America's early idealism, and consequently its literature, into something far different than it had been before the war.