Foote, Shelby.

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Birth 1916-11-17
Death 2005-06-27

Biographical notes:

Shelby Foote was a novelist and historian, who was born in Greenville, Miss., in 1916; attended the University of North Carolina, 1935-1937; served in the Mississippi National Guard and then as field artillery captain in Northern Ireland, 1940-1944; and worked for the Associated Press, 1944-1945. In 1949, "Tournament," his first novel, was published. Foote moved to Memphis in 1954.

From the description of Shelby Foote papers, 1935-1999 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 14121417

Born in Greenville, Mississippi; graduate of University of North Carolina; veteran of World War II with service in U.S. Marine Corps; author of Tournament and other novels and The Civil War : A Narrative, a three volume narrative history of the war.

From the description of Red River to Appomattox / by Shelby Foote. 1974. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 24691056

  • 1916: Born to Shelby Dade and Lillian Rosenstock Foote of Greenville, Miss., 17 November.
  • 1935 - 1937 : Attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • 1940 - 1944 : Served first in Mississippi National Guard and then as field artillery captain in Northern Ireland.
  • 1944 - 1945 : Employed for several months by Associated Press in New York.
  • 1945: Served in United States Marine Corps.
  • 1945 - 1947 : Employed by radio station WJPR, Greenville.
  • 1949: First novel, Tournament, published.
  • 1950: Follow Me Down published.
  • 1951: Love in a Dry Season published.
  • 1952: Shiloh! published.
  • 1954: Jordan County: A Landscape in Narrative published.
  • 1955 - 1960 : Awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships.
  • 1958: The Civil War: A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville (Volume I) published.
  • 1963: The Civil War: A Narrative: Fredericksburg to Meridian (Volume II) published.
  • 1963: Guest lecturer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
  • 1963 - 1964 : Ford Foundation fellow and playwright-in-residence, Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
  • 1968: Writer-in-residence, Hollins College, Roanoke, Va.
  • 1974: The Civil War: A Narrative: Red River to Appomattox (Volume III) published.
  • 1978: September September published.
  • 1989: Conversations with Shelby Foote published.

For further biographical information, see Shelby Foote by Helen White and Redding S. Sugg, Jr., (1982).

From the guide to the Shelby Foote Papers (#4038), 1935-1999, (Southern Historical Collection)


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