John Loengard, Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote, Memphis, TN, 1990

John Loengard © Time Inc.

With more than 40 years' experience taking pictures, I knew exactly what I wanted when Civil War historian Shelby Foote sat down. "Do you want the dog in the picture?" he asked. "No," I said. "And please don't look at the camera."

From As I See It

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As sited in the Mississippi Writers Page, Shelby Foote (1916-2005 ) burst onto the literary scene in the 1940s and 1950s with novels that simultaneously praised and criticized his Southern homeland. Foote soon caught the eye of some of the culture’s leading literary lights, and his career in a radical, new direction: between 1954 and 1974, he composed the three-volume, 1.2 million-word 'The Civil War: A Narrative,' the work for which he is now best known. Foote won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1955, 1956 and 1959, and served as a lecturer at the University of Virginia and Memphis State. In the early 1990s, Foote enjoyed a new kind of fame after his featured appearances in a popular television series on the Civil War.

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