The Somme, Including Also The Coward

Univ of South Carolina Press, 2006 - 189 páginas
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First published in London in 1927, The Somme and its companion, The Coward, constitute the only published literary achievements of A. D. Gristwood, a reluctant accountant turned even more reluctant infantryman in the London Rifle Brigade who later fell under the tutelage of master storyteller H. G. Wells. Heavily autobiographical and much influenced by Wells's guidance, Gristwood's tales of World War I combat are rife with acts of unheroic self-preservation and colored with the fear, bitterness, and hopelessness that defined the author's wartime experience. The central characters of these accounts are clever outsiders-disillusioned and grim foot soldiers amid foolishly dutiful comrades-who are placed in dire circumstances where survival mandates acts of horrific selfishness in lieu of valor.

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The Somme, Including Also The Coward (The Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Series)

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Three volumes from South Carolina's "Bruccoli Great War" series, which reprints lesser-known and long-gone works of both fiction and memoir relating to World War I. Grabenhorst's autobiographicalZero ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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A. D. Gristwood (1893-1933) was wounded in the Battle of the Somme in October 1916. He suffered a nervous breakdown after the war and withdrew from commerce to pursue writing. In 1926 he began the correspondence with H. G. Wells that would lead to the completion of the tales in this volume. Unable to find a publisher for later volumes, Gristwood took his own life at the age of thirty-nine. Hugh Cecil is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Leeds and trustee and cofounder of the Second World War Experience Centre in Leeds, United Kingdom. His numerous publications include The Flower of Battle: How Britain Wrote the Great War, At the Eleventh Hour, and Facing Armageddon: The First World War Experienced.

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