Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Andersonville is a novel by MacKinlay Kantor concerning the Confederate prisoner of war camp, Andersonville prison, during the American Civil War (1861–1865). The novel was originally published in 1955 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year. The novel interweaves the stories of real and fictional characters. It is told from many points of view, including that of Henry Wirz, the camp commandant, who was later executed. It also features William Collins, a Union soldier and one of the leaders of the "Raiders". The "Raiders" are a gang of thugs, mainly bounty jumpers who steal from their fellow prisoners and lead comfortable lives while other prisoners die of starvation and disease. Other characters include numerous ordinary prisoners of war, the camp physician/doctor, a nearby plantation owner, guards and Confederate civilians in the area near the prison. While clearly based on prisoner memoirs, most notably Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons by John McElroy, it is less nakedly biased against the Confederates than its sources. For instance, Henry Wirz, who received an injury earlier in the war and never recovered properly, is portrayed not as an inhuman fiend but as a sick man struggling with a job beyond his capacities. It is often erroneously assumed that Kantor's novel formed the basis for the 1996 television mini-series which is also entitled "Andersonville". Although Kantor did sell the motion picture rights of his novel to one of the major Hollywood studios in the 1950s, it was never produced. Kantor's novel and the television movie of the same name are two separate properties.

The 555th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on For The Love of Books (For The Love of Books)
  2. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  3. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at

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ANDERSONVILLE Hardcover 3626438 $1.18
Andersonville: A Novel by MacKinlay Kantor Hardcover 391469 $149.99 $5.35
Andersonville Hardcover 4004671 $2.34
Andersonville Hardcover 4182852 $4.57
Andersonville (Plume) Paperback 2883093 $17.90 $2.17 1993
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Andersonville Paperback 13051368 $25.00
Andersonville (Plume) Paperback 26681 $11.82 $2.84 1993
Andersonville, 1st Edition Hardcover 2660391 $4.49 1955
Andersonville Paperback 4599448 $3.00
Andersonville (Signet) Mass Market Paperback 1216977 $42.26 $0.01 1957
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