A Time to Write

Any interview with the author of a new scholarly book inevitably includes the question what's next? Drew Gilpin Faust, whose This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War is just out, has pondered the question quite a bit. Always direct (after all, she grew up the only daughter among three sons, often at odds with her mother about the dictates of femininity), she says: "I don't expect to be writing a lot more Civil War history."

That may not be surprising coming from the