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"An excellent, wide-ranging literary history of the Civil War that covers not only fiction, history, and memoir, but also painting, sculpture, public memorials, and film. Marrs writes with relaxed authority, sharing the reader's curiosity. Insightful, nuanced, and well informed, this book makes an excellent guide."

"An ambitious book that promises to make a substantial, revelatory contribution to American literary and cultural studies. Readers will be enlightened by Marrs's discussion of the origin, evolution, and popularity of his defining Civil War plots."

"The shooting ended in 1865 with Confederate surrender, but the Civil War has lived on in memory and myth and a continuing struggle to define its meanings and fulfill its promise of freedom. Cody Marrs's survey of the ways in which the war has been dissected and memorialized in literature, art, monuments, commemorations, and social movements expands upon William Faulkner's trenchant insight that the past is never dead—it is not even past."

"In the American imagination the Civil War has never really ended. Marrs digs deep into artistic and literary history to show that 'we' as a multi-vocal people can never quite find an 'ending' to this most divisive American story that teeters forever between the opposing plots of emancipation and the Lost Cause. This is a splendid book, and one that asks existential and fundamental questions about this thing we call the United States."

"Marrs examines the shifting landscape of Civil War perspectives throughout history using public memory and writing from creators such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Walt Whitman, and Margaret Mitchell. He argues that this continual retelling and reinterpretation reveal the Civil War as an ongoing struggle never far from American consciousness and identity."

"Marrs weaves a complex history to capture the essence of the literature and art surrounding the Civil War, resulting in a valuable work beneficial to a variety of collections."

"Not Even Past is a trenchant, wide-ranging survey of the history that binds us a nation while, at the same time, drives us apart. Because it still needs proving now and again, Marrs' book proves that the American Civil War is with us today as much as it was when it began a century and a half ago."