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New in paperback
Notes on Spain and the Spaniards,
in the Summer of 1859, with a Glance
at Sardinia
James Johnston Pettigrew
New Introduction by Clyde N. Wilson
Privately published in 1861, James Johnston Pettigrew’s Notes on Spain and the Spaniards, in the Summer of 1859, with a Glance at Sardinia is a rare lost artifact of intellectual
life in the Old South written by an adventurous spirit well versed in European history,
architecture, and literature. This Southern Classics edition makes the volume available
publically for the first time and is enhanced with a new introduction by Southern historian and Pettigrew’s biographer, Clyde N. Wilson.
Pettigrew’s travelogue records his experiences and impressions as an educated
Southerner eager to immerse himself in Iberian and Mediterranean culture. He describes interactions with Spaniards, including the manners of men and attractiveness
of women; shows keen understanding of Islamic contributions to Spanish history;
and expresses his sympathy for the plights of peasant societies. In addition Pettigrew
recounts his awe at monuments and cathedrals, demonstrates his knowledge of regional politics, and shows his republican zeal in joining efforts to liberate Italy from the
yoke of Austria. Candidly broaching historical, aesthetic, political, and religious topics,
Pettigrew offers an insightful exploration of Spanish culture on many fronts. Moreover
his writing exemplifies the well-developed social philosophy of the antebellum South,
demonstrates that Southern intellectuals of the time were deeply interested in topics
beyond their regional concerns. Notes on Spain hints at the literary promise of a representative casualty of the Civil War.
Southern Classics • Mark M. Smith and Peggy G. Hargis, series editors
March 2010, 448 pages
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James Johnston Pettigrew (1828–
1863) was an accomplished intellectual, litigator, and legislator living in
Charleston. As a Confederate brigadier
general, Pettigrew served with distinction in the Virginia campaign and died
from wounds received in the war.
Clyde N. Wilson is a professor emeritus of history at the University of
South Carolina. He is the author of
Carolina Cavalier: The Life and Mind of
James Johnston Pettigrew and editor of
volumes 10 through 28 of The Papers of
John C. Calhoun as well as The Essential
Calhoun and other books.
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