In 1869, a young American writer, scarcely 26, while visiting in England called on a giant of world literature. "She is magnificently ugly -- deliciously hideous," he wrote his father. "She has a low forehead, a dull grey eye, a vast pendulous nose, a huge mouth full of uneven teeth . . . now in this vast ugliness resides a most powerful beauty which, in a very few minutes, steals forth and charms the mind, so that you end as I ended, in falling in love with her. Yes behold me literally in love with this great horse-faced blue-stocking." Name the author of this description and the novelist he describes.

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Answer to Book Bag #593: The description of the climactic moment of the battle of Gettysburg is from William Faulkner's "Intruder in the Dust."

Winner: Elizabeth C. Hawes, Williamsburg, Va.