Lawrence Wells' first
novel, Rommel and the Rebel, chronicles a fictional trip
made by German tank commander Erwin Rommel to the Civil War battlefields
of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Wells got the idea for the book by reading
a press account of a visit five unnamed German military men made
to Mississippi in the late 1930s. Wells found many similarities
between the tactics of the two, and even though the historical evidence
suggests that Rommel was not one of the five men who visited, the
characters and plot for Rommel and the Rebel fell into place.
(In fact, Wells later had the opportunity to interview Rommel's
son, who explicitly denied that the Desert Fox came to America in
Wells has written one more novel since
then, Let the Band Play Dixie. It fictionalizes an 1896 meeting
between Confederate General James Longstreet and black activist
Wells is married to Dean
Faulkner Wells William
Faulkner's niece and together they run the Yoknapatawpha
Press, which is based in Oxford, Mississippi.
(Article first posted October
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Newsletter, which is also published by the press.
- Rommel and the Rebel. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1986. Rpt. by Yoknapatawpha Press, 1992.
- Let the Band Play Dixie. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1987. Rpt. by Yoknapatawpha Press, 1989.
- (Edited by Lawrence Wells.) Football Powers of the South. Oxford, Mississippi: Sports Yearbook, 1983.
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