The two are confined to a makeshift prison where Virgie and Uncle Billy visit them daily. A kindly Union officer urges Uncle Billy to appeal to President Lincoln for a pardon. Short on funds, Uncle Billy and Virgie sing and dance in public spaces and ‘pass the cap’. Once in Washington, they are ushered into Lincoln’s ( Frank McGlynn Sr. ) office where the President pardons Cary and Morrison after hearing Virgie’s story. The film ends with Virgie happily singing “ Polly Wolly Doodle ” to her father, Colonel Morrison and a group of soldiers.
I got interested in racing about the time Bald Eagle was considered the best horse in the country. Therefore I missed seeing Native Dancer by a few years. My uncle used to rave about him and considered him, next to Man O’ War, the best of all time. He told me he was physically ill the day after the horse lost the Derby.
One year, for his birthday, I bought him a print of Native Dancer by Allen Brewer. I later purchased one for myself as well.
In 1966 the now defunct magazine, the Thoroughbred Calendar, printed a list of the current foal crop at Sagamore with their names. I became fascinated with the imagination and wit that went into Alfred Vanderbilt’s naming schema. I came to consider it an art form. A few years ago I was able to access the names of all the horses bred by Vanderbilt back to 1973. I am still trying to locate the horses he bred (with names) prior to that time. Any suggestions?
Anyhow, the horses legacy has certainly bred on. Along with Man O’ War the two have been the most influential thoroughbred of all time. i guess my uncle was right.
A. Well let’s see…
Narrative nonfiction IS creative nonfiction. They are one in the same – the terms used interchangably, though the former is more common right now. Both are used to define nonfiction that reads like a novel. Examples: Into the Wild, The Right Stuff, In Cold Blood, Seabiscuit . Films like Apollo 13, The Perfect Storm , etc.
When you’re talking about a Biograohy or an Autobiograohy, you’re talking about a work that really focuses on one individual. I tend to feel like autobiographies and biographies are usually for celebrities. Brad Pitt gets a biography…
How do you know if your work is a memoir, biography, or narrative nonfiction?
Biographies tend to be sweeping – focusing on the whole life. Memoirs tend to focus on an aspect or time period of a life, though not always. For example, Marley & Me was about his time with the dog – THAT was the aspect. A Long Way Gone was a memoir written about a man’s experience as a child soldier in Africa – THAT was the aspect.
Biographies tend to be about one person. Narrative nonfiction can focus on several or many. When the book is mostly about you, it’s an autobiography. When the book is about bigger things than yourself, than it’s narrative nonfiction. Know, however, that the term “narrative nonfiction” is typically used to describe books that are NOT about the author.
And sometimes the genres can overlap. For example, a book I just got done writing about called Bonnie & Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend by Paul Schneider is called a biography by the publishing company, but it feels more like narrative nonfiction to me.