Ari Kelman

Johanna Lawshea

Ari Kelman is the McCabe Greer Professor of the Civil War Era at Penn State University and the author of A River and Its City and A Misplaced Massacre, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Avery O. Craven Award. He is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and has written for the Nation, Slate, and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. His latest book, Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang) is a collaboration between the award-winning historian Ari Kelman and the acclaimed graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Featuring breathtaking panoramas and revelatory, unforgettable images, Battle Lines showcases various objects from the conflict along with a cast of soldiers, farmers, slaves, and well-known figures, to trace an ambitious narrative that extends from the early rumblings of secession to the dark years of Reconstruction. In their review, Publishers Weekly writes, “In 15 harrowing chapters, Fetter-Vorm and Ari Kelman’s graphic take on the Civil War brings home the shattering costs of America’s epochal conflict like almost no other single-volume history . . . Poignant and heartbreaking. “