Historian Shelby Foote To Lecture Oct. 14

Oct. 7, 2002
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Acclaimed historian Shelby Foote will deliver Baylor University's Beall-Russell Lecture in the Humanities at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Jones Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building. The lecture, "The Novelist as Historian," is free and open to the public.

Born in Greenville, Miss., in 1916, Foote attended the University of North Carolina from 1935 to 1937. Foote published his first novel, "Tournament," in 1949. This was followed by three other works -- "Follow Me Down" (1950), "Love in a Dry Season" (1951) and "Shiloh" (1952). Between 1954 and 1974 he composed the acclaimed three-volume, 1.2 million-word history, "The Civil War: A Narrative." In 1990, Foote enjoyed a new kind of fame after his featured appearances in producer Ken Burns' popular television documentary series, "The Civil War," which recently re-ran on PBS. Foote also appeared in the Burns' documentary "Baseball."

Foote has been a Guggenheim Fellow three times, and is a past recipient of the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award, given by the state of Mississippi. He has served as a lecturer at the University of Virginia and Memphis State.

The Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities were established in 1982 with a financial gift from Virginia B. Ball of Muncie, Ind. She named the lecture series in honor of her mother, Mrs. John A. Beall, and Lily Russell, former dean of women at Baylor, both Baylor alumnae of the Class of 1910. Past lecturers have included poet Maya Angelou, journalist Bill Moyers, and Nobel Prize winner for Literature Czeslaw Milosz.

For more information, http://www.baylor.edu/Beall-Russell.

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