by Andrew Lytle
introduction by Frank L. Owsley, Jr
University of Alabama Press, 1988
Cloth: 978-0-8173-0413-3 | Paper: 978-0-8173-0415-7
Library of Congress Classification PS3523.Y88L66 1988
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52

Provides vivid descriptions of Alabama during an important period in the state’s history
A first-rate novel that provides vivid descriptions of Alabama during an important period in the state’s history, The Long Night is set in the vicinity of Montgomery, Alabama, between 1850 and 1865. Originally published in 1936, the book is based on a true story related to Lytle by one of his close friends and colleagues at Vanderbilt University, Frank L. Owsley, who later became the chairman of The University of Alabama Department of History. In fact, the novel opens with a letter to Professor Owsley from the author, and Owsley’s son has written the introduction to this edition.

As described by George B. Tindall, The Long Night is “the episodic story of a young Alabamian beset by the moral dilemma of desire for revenge against the persecutors of his father and his larger duty in the war, a story that rose to its climax in the Battle of Shiloh.” The work is rich in its description of the land and people of Black-Belt Alabama during the mid-19th century.


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