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 Posted: Tue Jun 12th, 2007 01:42 pm
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JoanieReb wrote:
Also, I went back and checked out Chamberlain's speech in TKA's (great book, brilliant prose, now I'm reading whole thing again, darnit), and found what I remembered as Chamberlain's main point

 

Keep in mind that 'The Killer Angels' is fiction. Chamberlain never made such a speech...

 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 12th, 2007 02:22 pm
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Double-posted somehow - removing the unedited one here...

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 Posted: Tue Jun 12th, 2007 02:23 pm
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Keep in mind that 'The Killer Angels' is fiction. Chamberlain never made such a speech...


True - but M. Shaara claimed to have taken the dialouge from letters and other writings by Chamberlain.  In general,  he said that he used, as much as possible, the characters' own words (while "modernizing" the dialouge so as not to let it get bogged down by the vernacular of the day, which is a bit over-blown to the modern ear ). He did say that he took responibility for the character interpretation, thus Chamberlain's attitudes being expressed in this "speech". 

Chamberlain and M. Shaara were both academics, both professors - there's a point there somewhere...

This book was a huge labor of love for M. Shaara.  He really projected himself into the persons and the battle.

It was written in 1974 (I think, don't have my copy with me now), and a lot more study has been done since then, but this doesn't take away from his immpecable research - one of the reasons I admire the book so much.  Even if I don't really like the way it ends, LOL!

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 Posted: Mon Jun 18th, 2007 05:42 pm
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Excellent defense of Chamberlain's speech Joanie. He may well have made such a speech; however, the convictions of a Maine academic are not necessarily those of your average private.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 18th, 2007 11:50 pm
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You keep me on toes, Ole.

Thanks!

 

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