Personal MemoirseBook - 2000
Mark Twain had known many of the great men of the Civil War and the Gilded Age, and esteemed none more highly than Ulysses S. Grant, who was modest, sensitive, generous, honest, and superlatively intelligent. Grant's courage, both moral and physical, was a matter of record. His genius as a general assured his immortality. In 1881, Twain urged Grant to write his memoirs. "No one is interested in me," Grant replied. Out of the army, out of office, and out of favor--that was his life now. He reminded Twain that the "Military History of Ulysses S. Grant", written by his wartime assistant, Adam Badeau, had sold poorly. And John Russell Young's book, "Around the World with General Grant", published in 1879, had been a complete flop. Broke and sick--he began suffering agonizingly painful throat cancer in 1884-- Grant agreed to write four articles for the Century Magazine on some of his Civil War battles, and Century offered to publish his memoirs...
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2000
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: data file 1 online resource