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Memoirs and Memory: US Grant’s Literary Legacy – Discussing the Impact of the Personal Memoirs


Completed at the Cottage days before his death in 1885, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant has never been out of print and stands as a work of profound political, historical and literary significance, praised by such diverse critics as Mark Twain, Thomas Nast, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, Bruce Catton and Gore Vidal. Watch the moderated panel discussion exploring the powerful impact the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant have had on the understanding of a pivotal period in American history. Our panel will discuss Grant as a writer and how his personal experiences shaped his perception of the war. We will evaluate Grant’s writing career and those who influenced it, while tackling some debates surrounding the true authorship and accuracy of his memoirs. In this program, we hope to shed some light on the great influence one man’s short literary career had on American history.

Grant Cottage State Historic Site
  • 1000 Mt McGregor Rd
  • Wilton, NY 12831