Country United States
Publication date 1955
Genre Historical drama
Cover artist Richard M. Powers
Media type Print (hardback)
Originally published 1955
Page count 357
Publisher Charles Scribner's Sons
|LC Class PZ4.G884 Dr PS3513.R865|
Similar The Night of the Hunter, American Fantastic Tales, 12 Stories of Suspens, Fools' parade
A Dream of Kings is a novel written by American author Davis Grubb. The novel describes the life of Tom Christopher during the American Civil War in Virginia.
Story line and development
The novel is set in Virginia, which then becomes West Virginia, and on American Civil War battlefields between 1855 and 1864. Tom Christopher lives with his Aunt Sarah, and another girl his aunt has taken in, Catherine Ellen Hornbrook, or just Cathi as she is called. Her father Abijah Hornbrook, never appears in the novel, but his presence is felt. The "dream of kings" is the Confederacy. "A storm is gathering upon our land and when it has passed [Abija Hornbrook writes to his daughter] you may see a new nation upon this continent and you will know that I have helped to form it....a time of kings....Yes, this nation shall belong to the gentlemen who founded it. When the war comes Tom fights under the command of Stonewall Jackson. When Jackson dies, Tom deserts, and goes back to West Virginia. Once there he falls in love with Cathi.
Time had a favorable opinion upon the novel: "Novelist Grubb...has now attempted what might have been a commonplace story...but...he writes with such emotional conviction and lyric intensity that the book emerges as an authentic and haunting experience."