Presentation on theme: "Lincoln's Dreams by Connie Willis Connie Willis is an award -winning science fiction author who uses humor and historical research to enrich her characters."— Presentation transcript:
Lincoln's Dreams by Connie Willis Connie Willis is an award -winning science fiction author who uses humor and historical research to enrich her characters and situations. This is her first novel, which won the John W. Campbell Award. http://www.sftv.org/cw/
Selected Reviews: Publishers Weekly Review: As a researcher for a popular historical novelist, Jeff Johnston finds himself immersed in the minutiae of the Civil War, tracking down the name of a general's favorite horse or the spot where Lincoln's son was buried. His meeting with Annie, the patient of old friend Dr. Richard Madison, changes his perspective. While the novelist contemplates a book on Lincoln's prophetic dreams and consults sleep specialist Madison, Jeff discovers that Annie is having vivid, horrible dreams of the Civil War containing details she couldn't possibly know. The point of view is unmistakably that of defeated Confederate leader Robert E. Lee. Jeff tries to shield Annie from the opportunistic reach of both novelist and doctor, but he can't protect her from herself, for she feels duty bound to refight the war if it will finally allow Lee some measure of peace. This charming, unpredictable book, with its unforced subtext of more recent wars and their veterans' lingering bad dreams, is an impressive first novel from a talented writer whose short stories have already won acclaim. (May)
Civil War Fiction Traveller - Richard Adams Gods and Generals - Jeff Shaara The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara The Last Full Measure - Jeff Shaara Gettysburg - Newt Gingrich Grant Comes East - Newt Gingrich Never Call Retreat - Newt Gingrich The Unwritten Chronicles of Robert E. Lee - Lamar Herrin The Guns of the South - Harry Turtledove
Civil War History/Biography Lee - Douglas Southall Freeman (abridgement of his 4 v. R.E. Lee) Robert E. Lee - Roy Blount, Jr. Battle Cry of Freedom - James M. McPherson The Civil War, An illustrated History - Geoffrey C. Ward Fields of Honor - Edwin C Bearss Atlas of the Civil War - Mark Swanson With Malice Toward None - Stephen B. Oates Complete Idiot's Guide to the Confederacy - J. Stephen Lang The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide
Other directions Dreams The Secret History of Dreaming - Robert Moss Our Dreaming Mind - Robert L. Van De Castle Private Myths - Anthony Stevens Sylvia Browne's Book of Dreams Edgar Cayce on Dreams Time Travel Doomsday Book - Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut Time and Again - Jack Finney Timeline - Michael Crichton
Civil War Fiction Traveller - Richard Adams Examines the events of the Civil War through the eyes of General Robert E. Lee's closest companion and devoted horse, Traveller. Gods and Generals - Jeff Shaara Two Confederate and two Union generals (Lee, Jackson Hancock, and Chamberlain) examine their careers leading to Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville in a prequel to The Killer Angels. The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet tell the Southern view of the battle at Gettysburg while Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and General John Buford present the Northern view The Last Full Measure - Jeff Shaara The two sides of the country go to war in the last of the trilogy that includes Killer Angels and Gods and Generals. Gettysburg - Newt Gingrich A fictionalized account of an alternate American Civil War, based on five years of research, considers how history might have transpired if General Robert E. Lee had won the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Grant Comes East - Newt Gingrich A fictionalized account of an alternate American Civil War recounts events following the capture of Vicksburg by General Ulysses S. Grant and traces the northern army's journey to Gettysburg. Never Call Retreat - Newt Gingrich Traces the events surrounding the pivotal battle of August 1863, during which Lee and Grant both cross the Susquehanna and make decisions that culminate in the war's outcome. The Unwritten Chronicles of Robert E. Lee - Lamar Herrin Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson express their thoughts about their lives and their participation in the Civil War battles leading to Chancellorsville. The Guns of the South - Harry Turtledove A "what if" story imagines what might happen if a band of white supremacists traveled back through time to alter the outcome of the Civil War.
Civil War History/Biography Lee - Douglas Southall Freeman A condensation of Freeman's definitive 4 v. biography of the Confederate hero Robert E. Lee - Roy Blount, Jr. A portrait of the Civil War leader delves into his family history and personality to reveal the human behind the general, documenting how the lessons he learned from his elders were applied on the battlefield. Battle Cry of Freedom - James M. McPherson Focuses on the military campaigns, including strategy and logistics, military leaders, and common soldiers. The Civil War, A Narrative - Shelby Foote Follows the course of the war from 1862 to 1864, discusses the strategies of both sides in major battles, and assesses the performance of the Union generals. The Civil War: An illustrated History - Geoffrey C. Ward Portrays the lives of politicians, soldiers, and slaves during the Civil War. Book based on the PBS documentary filmscript by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, and Ken Burns. Fields of Honor - Edwin C Bearss Complemented by maps and period photographs, a narrative history of the Civil War focuses on some of the war's most significant battles, including Fort Sumter, throughthe war's turning point at Gettysburg, to Appomattox. Atlas of the Civil War - Mark Swanson * A month-by-month cartography of the war, illustrating troop movements and major battles. With Malice Toward None - Stephen B. Oates Presents a portrait of Lincoln as an uncommonly complex man of compassion and ambition, honesty and political acumen, and wit and morbid melancholy. Complete Idiot's Guide to the Confederacy - J. Stephen Lang * A southerner's-eye view of the "War of Northern Aggression" which discusses the rationales for secession, Southern military and civilian life, the troubled Confederate government, and the lasting impact of the war on the South and the country. Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide Outlines ten suggested itineraries for short road trips that cover every major battle of the war.
Other directions Dreams The Secret History of Dreaming - Robert Moss * Dreams as catalysts in history, literature and science, as well as creative survival tools. 2008. Our Dreaming Mind - Robert L. Van De Castle * An approachable discussion of the history, scientific study,physiology and psychology of dreams and dreaming. 1995. Private Myths - Anthony Stevens * A wide-ranging discussion of dreams, interpretation, and research. Somewhat academic, but still understandable. 1995. Sylvia Browne's Book of Dreams * Edgar Cayce on Dreams* Two psychics on dreams and their connection to past-life and after-death phenomena. 2002, 1968. Annotations from NoveList, except * written by compiler. Time Travel Doomsday Book - Connie Willis A crisis linking the past and future strands an Oxford student in the most dangerous year of the Middle Ages. To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis Ned Henry goes back in time to 1889 to study the Coventry Cathedral for a wealthy American who wants to build an exact replica before it is destroyed. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut * The tale of Billy Pilgrim, WWII vet, German POW, survivor of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, who becomes unstuck in time. Time and Again - Jack Finney Simon Morley moves into the Dakota apartments and returns to the year 1882 under hypnosis, where he falls in love and refuses to change records for the government agency controlling his experiment. Timeline - Michael Crichton * A group of 21st century scientists is catapulted back nto 15th century France during the Hundred Years' War.
Media The Civil War. DVD. 1990 The documentary by Ken Burns portrays the lives of politicians, soldiers, and slaves during the Civil War. Slaughterhouse-Five DVD. 1972 Based on Vonnegut's novel. Songs of the Civil War VHS. 1991. Songs and music from the soundtrack of the documentary.