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The Valley of Shadows

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1909. Introduction by Theodore Spencer. From the Preface: This book is not a novel, but the recollections of scenes and episodes of my early life in Illinois and Missouri, the writing of which has been a labour of love. A cosmopolitan life in the different capitals of Europe during a period of forty years has not sufficed to alienate the romance and memory of those ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1970 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 1909)
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Pat Schakelvoort
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-states
Memoirs of Francis Gierson of his life in Illinois just before Abraham Lincoln's election and the Civil War including topics like the underground railroad, attending a Lincoln-Douglas debate. Followed by a shorter part of Gierson working as a page for general Frémont and his cousin general Gierson's raid. It doesn't have as much mysticism as you would expect a Comet seen as a harbinger and a spirtual event that isn't that interesting.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most readers will be familiar with Frederick Grierson’s 1909 novel from the writings of Bernard Devoto or, most famously, Edmund Wilson’s Patriotic Gore, an epic study of Civil War literature. In Wilson’s book, Valley of Shadows appears as the centerpiece of a chapter on the “Union as Mystical Ideal,” and it is a unique, often extraordinary fusion of poetic reflection and rusticity.

Grierson immigrated to Illinois with his English family in the 1850s before beginning a career as a celebrity
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