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    And I really do think that the difficulty of research makes it more real to you than punching a thing to find out how many men were killed at this particular action. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    During that year while we were waiting to be inducted into federal service, I wrote the first draft of my first novel, Tournament. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    Getting close to books, and spending time by myself, I was obliged to think about things I would never have thought about if I was busy romping around with a brother and sister. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of - I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I did Shiloh, but before I could get around to doing the big Vicksburg novel, I was going on the non-fiction Civil War, so I never came back to them. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I don't want anything to do with anything mechanical between me and the paper, including a typewriter, and I don't even want a fountain pen between me and the paper. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I prize the Depression, for instance, because I learned the value of things in the Depression that a way people who don't have to worry about such things never learned to prize it really, I believe. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I ran into Ku Klux Klan and the threat of hurricanes, and those two things made me decide not to build on the Alabama coast, so we came back to Memphis. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I think that everything you do helps you to write if you're a writer. Adversity and success both contribute largely to making you what you are. If you don't experience either one of those, you're being deprived of something. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I took five years on the first volume, five years on the second volume, and ten years on the third volume. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I used to write sonnets and various things, and moved from there into writing prose, which, incidentally, is a lot more interesting than poetry, including the rhythms of prose. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I'm crazy about Grant: his character, his nature, his science in fighting and everything else. But I don't like the idea that he never accepted the blame for anything, always found someone else to blame for any mistake that was ever made, including blaming Prentiss for Shiloh. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    I've never shown anybody a draft of anything. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    Loneliness is one of the best things in the world for you. You do something about it: read, for instance, all kind of things, make friends. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    Longevity conquers scandal every time. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    My second book, Follow Me Down had some success, got good critical notices, went into a second printing and things like that, but Shiloh was by far the most successful of those first five novels. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind. In search of this, from realm to realm we roam. Our fleets come loaded with every folly home. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    Shiloh is a wonderfully dramatic battle. The leader of one side is killed, and the other one is going on to glory, and it was the first great battle. It lasted two days. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote
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    When you grow up in a totally segregated society, where everybody around you believes that segregation is proper, you have a hard time. You can't believe how much it's a part of your thinking. Shelby-FooteShelby Foote