Novelist, historianDied when: 88 years 222 days (1063 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio
Shelby Dade Foote Jr. (November 17, 1916 – June 27, 2005) was an American writer, historian and journalist.Although he primarily viewed himself as a novelist, he is now best known for his authorship of The Civil War: A Narrative, a three-volume history of the American Civil War.
With geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta, Foote's life and writing paralleled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the Old South to the Civil Rights era of the New South.
Foote was little known to the general public until his appearance in Ken Burns's PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was "central to all our lives."Foote did all his writing by hand with a nib pen, later transcribing the result into a typewritten copy.
Foote's work has been critically reevaluated in recent years, and he has been criticized for his sympathy towards Lost Cause mythology and idolization of cavalry commander and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest.