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Civil Blood: Poems and Prose

Jill Breckenridge; Illustrator-R. W. Scholes

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ISBN 10: 0915943107 / ISBN 13: 9780915943104
Published by Milkweed Editions, 1993
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Title: Civil Blood: Poems and Prose

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Like New

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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Illustrated by R. W. Scholes. One of 500 copies signed by Breckenridge and the illustrator.

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Blue Ribbon Rosie: 5.
Cabell - At Eleven, I Write To Laetitia From Kentucky...
Cabell - February 1869: The Long Way Home
Cabell - Jacob's Tooth
Cabell - June 11, 1865: Crossing The Gulf Stream To Cuba
Cabell - Laetitia Writes Back To Me
Cabell - Laetitia's Escape
Cabell - Laetitia's Marriage, Her Return
Cabell - Laetitia, Little Sister
Cabell - March 1870: Last Battles
Cabell - Memories Of My Southern Education: Jefferson's...
Cabell - Mother's Books
Cabell - Moving From Virginia To Kentucky - Grandmother...
Cabell - My Grandmother Black Cap
Cabell - My Mother, The Women
Cabell - Portraits Of The Fathers: Cabell's Dale
Cabell - Running For A Second Term In Congress: Summer 1853
Cabell - Running For President Against Lincoln, Douglas: 1.
Cabell - Running For President Against Lincoln, Douglas: 2.
Cabell - Running For President Against Lincoln, Douglas: 3.
Cabell - Running For State Representative: Summer 1849: 1.
Cabell - Running For State Representative: Summer 1849: 2.
Cabell - Thanksgiving: The Stolen Cigar
Cabell - The Election Of 1860
Cabell - The Reasons I Cry
Cabell - The Wedding
Cabell - Vice President Under Buchanan: 1858: 1.
Cabell - Vice President Under Buchanan: 1858: 2.
Cabell - Vice President Under Buchanan: 1858: 3.
Cabell - What Grandmother Black Cap Told Me: Taking The...
Cabell - With Laetitia At The Indian Mounds
Cabell - With Laetitia At The Indian Mounds, Cabell's Dale
Cabell's Escape - May 20, 1865: Millwood Plantation
Cabell's Escape June 6, 1865: Indian River, Atlantic Coast
General Breckinridge To General Jubal Early Just Before...
General John Cabell Breckinridge December 31, 1862...
General Jubal Early To General Breckinridge Just After...
Jacob - Crossing Over
Jacob - December 8, 1862: Murfreesboro: 2.
Jacob - December 8, 1862: Murfreesboro: 3.
Jacob - December 8, 1862: Murfreesboro: 4.
Jacob - February 1869: Freedom's Lynching
Jacob - How I Learn: Five Verses For Banjo And Bones: 1.
Jacob - How I Learn: Five Verses For Banjo And Bones: 3.
Jacob - How I Learn: Five Verses For Banjo And Bones: 4.
Jacob - How I Learn: Five Verses For Banjo And Bones: 5.
Jacob - How I Learn: Five Vrses For Banjo And Bones: 2.
Jacob - March 1870: Last Battles
Jacob - Moving To The Big House
Jacob - November 1866: The Year Of Jubilee
Jacob - The Four Seasons: Harvest
Jacob - The Four Seasons: Hay
Jacob - The Four Seasons: Plow
Jacob - The Four Seasons: Wind
Jacob - This Fifth Story, I, Jacob, Tell
Jacob - This First Story, I, Jacob, Tell
Jacob - This Last Story, I, Jacob, Tell
Jacob - This Second Story, I, Jacob, Tell
Jacob - This Third Story, I, Jacob, Tell
Jacob - What Grampa Sam Told Me: The Old Days In Virginia
Jacob - What Grampa Sam Told Me: Your Gramma, She Came...
John Cabell Breckinridge, General Fix Bayonets, Prepare...
My Wife's Visit To Murfreesboro: December 12, 1862
Nashville: December 1862
Officers' Christmas Party: Murfreesboro
One Side Of The Conversation Between General John Cabell...
The South: 1.
The South: 2.
The South: 3.
The South: 4.
The South: 5.
The South: 6.
Tad Preston, Cadet Fix Bayonets, Prepare To Attack...
Tad Preston, Cadet Take The Hill, Men!
Three Studies For The Painting Of Cabell's Bride, Mary...
Will Sommers, Confederate Soldier December 30, 1862
Will Sommers, Confederate Soldier Fix Bayonets, Prepare...
Will Sommers, Confederate Soldier, Speaks Of The...
Will Sommers, Soldier Take The Hill, Men!: 2
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

There is a kind of book - a genre if you will - that has become popular in the post-Roots era: using historical events and documents (letters, journals, diaries, memoirs) in any number of imaginative ways and combinations, the author links him- or herself to those events as a way of locating the self within that history as well as illuminting the present. Gary Gildner's Letters From Vicksburg, William Heyen's Erika: Poems of the Holocaust, Angela Peckinpaugh's Letters from Lee's Army, and W. D. Snodgrass' The Fuhrer Bunker come to mind as recent examples. Now comes Jill Breckenridge's remarkable collection of poetry and prose, CivdBlood, a sustained account of the fascinating lives and stories of John Cabell Breckinridge the Civil War general who served as Vice-President under James Buchanan (1857-1861) and who won more electoral votes than Step',en Douglas in the 1860 presidential election which gave us Lincoln, -and Breckinridge's lifetime friend and personal slave, Jacob. Dramatic monologues, lyrics, diary and journal entries-both imagined and real -combine to present a collage of voices and experiences. In the hands of a lesser artist, CivilBlood might be cold, statistical reportage and transcription; but in Breckenridge's skilled hands, the book guides us through the horrors of this shameful period of our history by focusing on the personal lives of those who are at once at the periphery and core of the events. Culminating eight years of research, Civil Blood weaves national history, farnily history, and personal history into a poetic drama that unfolds before us, reading more like a novel than a thematic collection of poems. The history is alive; the characters are real, warm, passionate. Civil Bloodshould set the standard for anyone attempting to work in this difficult, demanding, and treacherous genre. As we have come to expect, Milkweed Editions has presented Breckenridge's powerful story within an attractive format, including more than fifty original engravings by R. W. Sholes. The sturdy and reliable Bembo Boldface type works well here. Highly recommended to all libraries. -- From Independent Publisher

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