R. E. Lee A Biography by Douglas Southall Freeman 4 book set Scribners Hudson River Edition "Reduced" was $200
R. E. LEE
BY DOUGLAS SOUTHALL FREEMAN
ATTRACTIVE, PULITZER-PRIZE EDITION SET
Clean, Sharp, Bright, Solidly-Bound, Complete, Four-Volume, Matching Book Set
Loaded with Wonderful Illustrations, Photos, and Maps; Large, Foldout Out Map
Handsome, Extensively Decorated Cover Design
HANDSOMELY PUBLISHED BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, NEW YORK AND LONDON, IN 1936
This book set is acknowledged as the finest biography on Lee written to date. A classic example of the biographical form, it is exhaustively researched, well written, balanced, judicious and definitive in its portrayal of the Confederacy's greatest Soldier.
When he was approached by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1915 with the request for a biography of Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, Douglas Southall Freeman embarked on a 19-year journey that would finally produce the epic four-volume R. E. LEE. This set won a Pulitzer Prize and has become one of the most respected biographies ever written.
Freeman, realizing that many biographies of Lee had been written prior to his accepting the task, sought sources that had been rarely, if ever, consulted. These sources included: the records of the Bureau of Engineers and of the United States Military Academy; collections of Southern families that included Lee's letters; correspondence and memoirs of those who served with and against him in the War Between the States; and the files of Washington and Lee University.
The portrait of Lee that Freeman paints in these four volumes is that of a true leader, who was loved by his troops and respected by those who opposed him. Lee was able to exhibit some of the best qualities of humanity in some of the most inhumane situations. In example after example, Freeman introduces us to this noble Victorian.