“I sound gloomy here. I’m not. Actually I exult in sensual pleasures — wife, food, warmth, comfort of home, familiar chair, whiskey, wine, cigar, old pipes cured to perfection, good health. Bright metal on a sullen ground — Shakespeare.”

 

— Shelby Foote in a letter to Walker Percy,

November 17, 1969

 

 

Photo: Deborah Fagan Carpenter

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