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Praise for “Scars to Prove It”

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Over the last year, I have been pleased by the response to my book, Scars To Prove It: The Civil War Soldier and American Fiction.  Below are a few excerpts from reviews:


“Craig A. Warren’s study is an ambitious attempt to establish the relationship between Civil War fiction and historical sources — in particular, veterans’ narratives — on which this fiction is based. . . . [Overall it is] an important, informed, and eloquently argued study. Scars to Prove It is a valuable contribution to the field of Civil War literary scholarship and it certainly brings new perspectives to what many would consider to be exhaustively mined fictional sources.”

– H-Net Reviews [read full review]

“Warren (Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie) offers an honest, novel approach to fiction written about the Civil War, something no previous scholar has accomplished. . . . [The] author creates a clear picture of Southern literature from modernism to postmodernism and in so doing fills a gap in literary studies. . . . Highly recommended.”

Choice magazine, American Library Association

“Warren’s book demonstrates that an awareness of how fiction writers have relied upon (and sometimes rejected) [soldiers’] diaries, memoirs, and regimental histories as source materials can enrich our understanding of seven of the most important Civil War novels. . . . Craig A. Warren has written Scars to Prove It: The Civil War Soldier and American Fiction to appeal to a general audience. No expertise in Civil War history or literary criticism is required to appreciate his insights into this important body of American literature.”

The Journal of Military History

Scars to Prove It offers considerable food for thought regarding how much fiction has to offer toward fully understanding the national cataclysm. It might also inspire many history buffs to reread novels with a fresh eye.”

Civil War Times

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“Scars to Prove It” Table of Contents

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

A few folks have asked me to post the Table of Contents to Scars to Prove It: The Civil War Soldier and American Fiction.  Here are the contents, with the chapter titles conveying something about what can be found in each section.  I have also listed the relevant page numbers, to give one a sense of how the book is divided:

Introduction [1]

1. Various Veterans Had Told Him Tales:
The Red Badge of Courage and an Inclusive Civil War Literature [9]

2. For Was I Not a Soldier, Enlisted for the War?:
Female Veterans in Gone with the Wind and None Shall Look Back [39]

3. The Eggshell Shibboleth of Caste and Color Too:
Civilian Narrators in Absalom, Absalom! and The Unvanquished [83]

4. Each Man Has His Own Reason to Die:
The Triumph of the Individual in The Killer Angels [118]

Conclusion: Grief Crowded the Secret Rooms of Their Hearts:
Haunted Veterans in The Judas Field [160]

Notes [170]

Bibliography [200]

Index [215]

Book Cover Design

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

I recently received the cover image for my new book, Scars to Prove It: The Civil War Soldier and American Fiction, due out next month from the Kent State University Press. The photo is one of my favorites from the Civil War era, and I believe it matches the book’s title and contents. I recommended the picture, and the designer did the rest. I’m quite happy with how it turned out!

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Civil War Talk Radio Interview

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Last Friday (June 5, 2009) I appeared as a guest on Gerry Prokopowicz’s Civil War Talk Radio show.  Gerry asked questions about my forthcoming book, Scars to Prove It, which is due out next month from the Kent State University Press.  We also talked about the Ambrose Bierce Project as well as my current book project, tentatively titled Southern Screech: A Cultural History of the Rebel Yell.

I very much enjoyed the experience, even if I was a bit tongue-tied at times.  I thought Gerry’s questions were excellent, and his observations about American folk music have helped to focus my thoughts on the postwar development of the Rebel yell.

To listen to the interview, click here.

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