The Great War and Modern Memory

Paperback | May 22, 2013

byPaul Fussell

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Winner of both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books, Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory was universally acclaimed on publication in 1970. Today, Fussell'slandmark study remains as original and gripping as ever: a literate, literary, and unapologetic account of the Great War, the war that changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world. This brilliant work illuminates the trauma and tragedy of modern warfare in fresh, revelatory ways. Exploring the work of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen, Fussell supplies contexts, both actual and literary, for those writers who -with conspicuous imaginative and artistic meaning - most effectively memorialized World War I as an historical experience. Dispensing with literary theory and elevated rhetoric, Fussell grounds literary texts in the mud and trenches of World War I and shows how these poems, diaries, novels, andletters reflected the massive changes - in every area, including language itself - brought about by the cataclysm of the Great War. For generations of readers, this work has represented and embodied a model of accessible scholarship, huge ambition, hard-minded research, and haunting detail.Restored and updated, this new edition includes an introduction by historian Jay Winter that takes into account the legacy and literary career of Paul Fussell, who died in May 2012.

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Winner of both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books, Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory was universally acclaimed on publication in 1970. Today, Fussell'slandmark study remains as original and gripping as ...

Paul Fussell was an American cultural and literary historian and critic. He is the author of over 20 works and winner of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 22, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199971951

ISBN - 13:9780199971954

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incomparable Study of World War I and Culture Paul Fussell's book remains, a quarter century after it was first published, probably the finest study of World War I and its impact on Western culture. Fussell addresses the myriad ways in which the concept of "the modern" was influenced by the experience of the trenches, and he succeeds in doing this by virtue of his overarching expertise both in the area of English Literature and in the experience of combat itself; the author was himself wounded as an infantry officer during the Second World War. This book is absolutely indispensable to anyone interested in the Great War and the literature that came out of it, as well as to anyone with an interest in understanding the roots of much that is at the heart of modern culture.
Date published: 2000-08-24

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Table of Contents

IntroductionA Satire of CircumstanceThe Troglodyte WorldAdversary ProceedingsMyth, Ritual, and RomanceOh What a Literary WarTheater of WarArcadian RecoursesSoldier BoysPersistence and MemoryAfterword