I Pray the Lord My Soul to Keep

by Ken Tucker

I Pray the Lord My Soul to Keep deals with the Civil War in Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee. The protagonist is Jerry Manning, who may be the son of a mad woman, the abandoned offspring of vagrants, or the supposedly murdered child of a well-known military man and planter. The novel details his attempts to discover and verify his identity amid the chaos of the War Between the States. In attempting to do so he confronts divided loyalties, violent hatred, a disintegrating society, and his own inner devils. Moreover, he finds himself drawn to a woman, who is to marry a man who might well be his brother.

Grant’s seizure of Paducah, Kentucky, the Union occupation of Mayfield, Kentucky, the Battle of Fort Donelson, and John Hunt Morgan’s Christmas raid upon Muldraugh Hill are among the historical events depicted.

Strangely enough, the novel is based on John Ford’s Jacobean play Perkin Warbeck, which deals with an historical claimant to the throne of England whose belief might have been sincere. Mary Shelley was also interested in this figure and wrote a novel entitled The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck. In the last decade, several fictional treatments of Warbeck’s career have appeared in England, but as far as I know, this is the first version to transplant to the story to the United States and to the era of the Civil War.

A tidbit of trivia: The segment dealing with the St. Valentine’s Day Battle of Fort Donelson was written before the notorious ice storm, but having endured several days in an icy house helped me in revising that section.

“…an enduring tale about a young man’s search for identity and home.” –
Journey McAndrews, Kentucky Monthly Magazine.

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Kenneth Tucker: Author of

Books

Eliot Ness and the Untouchables:
The Historical Reality
and
the Film and Television Depictions
, 2nd ed.
Soon to be available as an ebook from Google and other ebook readers


A Kentucky Colonel in Darkest Africa
Currently available or soon to be available as an ebook for Kindle and other ebook readers


The Old Lit Professor’s Book of Favorite Readings
Currently available or soon to be available as an ebook for Kindle and other ebook readers


The Madonna of Shadows and Darkness
Currently available or soon to be available as an ebook for Kindle and other ebook readers


A Spider Spinning Daydreams (short story)


The Fall of the House of Spade
Currently available or soon to be available as an ebook for Kindle and other ebook readers


Wilderness of Tigers:
A Novel of the Harpe Brothers and Frontier Violence
Currently available or soon to be available as an ebook for Kindle and other ebook readers


The Grave and the Figure Eight: A Myth Reborn

Currently available or soon to be available as an ebook for Kindle and other ebook readers


A Kentucky Colonel in King Arthur's Court and The Swamp Maiden of Venus.

Currently available or soon to be available as an ebook for Kindle and other ebook readers


Shakespeare and Jungian Typology. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003.

Currently available as a Google ebook and soon to be available for other ebook readers


Eliot Ness and the Untouchables. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2000.

John Marston, A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985. [Out of Print]

A Bibliography of Writings by and About John Ford and Cyril Tourneur. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1975. [Out of Print]

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