Freeman, Douglas Southall, R.E. Lee: A Biography, 1st ed., Signed
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Douglas Southall Freeman’s R. E. Lee: A Biography, in first edition, signed.
Historian and editor, Freeman was one of our nation’s leading authorities on the history of the Confederacy. This Pulitzer Prize-winning life of Lee was the result of nineteen years of devotion to the subject; the work is one of the most important and enduring works in American biography.
Historian Liddell Hart said of it, “As a work of military history, I have no hesitation in ranking it almost in a class by itself.” Poet Stephen Vincent Benet, author of John Brown’s Body, wrote “There is a monument – and a fine one – to Robert E. Lee at Lexington. But this one, I think, will last as long.”
Freeman himself saw a poetry in Lee’s life. Lee lived through family disgrace, loss, war, and the seemingly inevitable dilemma of choosing between his nation and his state. While later historians have revealed a much more complicated man than Freeman observed, they would not have achieved their perspective without viewing Lee from Freeman’s shoulders.
Freeman, Douglas S. R. E. LEE: A BIOGRAPHY. New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1934-1935. 1st edition; 4 volumes; frontispieces, maps, illustrations. (Howes F-350; ITC #62; Eicher #262) All volumes lightly sunned, and toned as usual; very light shelf wear; else very good, and signed by the author in his small, exact and inimitable hand.