One of the 19th Century's best-selling Civil War novelists, Southerner Ellen Glasgow, has a biography at last.

Sorry, being ironic.

Books about Glasgow piled on the deck of the Abraham Lincoln would sink the aircraft carrier in a moment. See for yourself.

And yet, no one has really ever heard of her, except the few specialists who read these works and understand that Glasgow made Gone with the Wind possible, not just "artistically" but commercially by developing a huge market for Civil War literature.

Maybe the new work is an attempt to bring Glasgow back to the mass audiences she once commanded.