This looks interesting.
It was one of my main questions after I read Grant's memoirs. We know she spent time with him during his campaigns. One of the surprising features of Grant's memoirs is that their love story leading up to his proposal to Julia features large at the beginning of his memoirs. That also makes the fact he doesn't mention her again somewhat surprising, too. I found there is an honesty in his writing, and at times a great vulnerability, which may be part of the reason it draws such praise.Marszalek said that Julia Dent Grant is hardly mentioned in the memoirs. Why is that?
Twain says in his autobiography that he had no hand in Grants memoirs other than publishing, and this rumor was begun by Grants ***'t Badeau, due to some dispute he had with Grant.As for the book itself, there were 3 things that I noted especially:
- I was amazed to hear that not Mark Twain, but indeed US Grant himself was the author of the memoirs, with Mark Twain or better Samuel Clemens just lending a hand in some minor editing issues . Not that I know much about the memoirs, or Grant himself, but I had always heard that Mark Twain had been the ghostwriter behind Grant. Marszalek apparently proved that to be wrong. I wonder though, if these memoirs are the literature gem all experts declared them to be, praising Grant as one of the best American e fun tonight!