Books: Neglected Giant

A UNION OFFICER IN THE RECONSTRUCTION (211pp.)—John William De Forest; edited by James H. Croushore and David M. Potter — Yale University ($3.75).

John William De Forest was so much better than so many writers who are famous that readers may reasonably wonder why they never heard of him before. De Forest was a Connecticut Yankee who married a Charleston girl and raised and captained a Connecticut company throughout the Civil War. His war novel, Miss Ravenel's Conversion (TIME, Aug. 21, 1939)> a failure when first published, went unread for nearly 72 years....

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