The Killer Angels Shaara

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Justin Davis 7/23/14 AP US History The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara Biography Michael Shaara was an American writer of historical fiction, science fiction, and sports fiction. He has written five novels and four short stories. Of them all, The Killer Angels being one of his more well known and earning him a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is also a national best seller among other things. He received his viewpoints and information behind the Killer Angels from his family. Shaara was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Michael Joseph Sr., an Italian immigrant, and Alleene Maxwell Shaara, a southerner. Having such diverse parents allowed him to come into touch with different cultures, one from the north and one from the south. This…show more content…
It was published in 1974 and a year later, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The topic of the book is the Civil War. It takes on multiple perspectives, so is considered to be a third person omniscient viewpoint. The perspective changes with every chapter, going from person to person, Union to Confederate. It is considered by many to be the best Civil War novel ever written, it was a national bestseller, won a Pulitzer prize, and was the basis for the popular film Gettysburg despite the trouble it went through in the beginning. The Inspiration behind The Killer Angels were letters written by Shaara’s great-grandfather during the Civil War and a vacation he and his family took to Gettysburg. His great-grandfather was a member of the 4th Georgia infantry and was wounded at Gettysburg. He and his family visited Gettysburg twice: one in 1966 and another in 1970. After the first trip, he worked on the manuscript for seven years, teaching during the day and writing at night. This with some other actions led to a major heart attack in 1965, which he recovered from. But, finally, it was published in…show more content…
Later along the line, the book became a basis for a movie. Sadly, at that point Shaara was no longer alive. 5 years after his death, his son saw to it that the screenplay Shaara had written before he had died. The movie was named Gettysburg and was finished in 1993. Later on, Jeff, Michael Shaara’s son, included The Killer Angels in a trilogy with his Michael’s book as the centerpiece. It went Gods and Generals, set before The Killer Angels, and The Last Full Measure, set right after. The Killer Angels was a third person omniscient, historical fiction novel. It wasn’t as popular when Shaara was alive than when Shaara was not on this Earth. The making of and recognition of the book had its ups and downs. It was small and unrecognized in the beginning and grew to be a national best seller, a basis for the movie Gettysburg, a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner, and considered by many to be the best Civil War novel ever written. It is Michael Shaara’s best

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