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Paul Fussell (1924–2012)

Forfatter af The Great War and Modern Memory

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Paul Fussell Jr. was born in Pasadena, California on March 22, 1924. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 while attending Pomona College. During his tour of duty, he won the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He returned to college in 1945. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Pomona College vis mere in 1947 and a master's degree and a doctorate in English from Harvard University. He taught English at Connecticut College for Women, Rutgers University, and the University of Pennsylvania. During this time he wrote several books on literary topics including The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism: Ethics and Imagery from Swift to Burke, Poetic Meter and Poetic Form, and Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing. In 1975, he published The Great War and Modern Memory, which was a study of World War I and how its horrors fostered a disillusioned modernist sensibility. This book won both the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the National Book Award for Arts and Letters. His other works include Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars, Class: A Guide Through the American Status System, Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War, BAD: Or, the Dumbing of America, and Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic. He died of natural causes on May 23, 2012 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Paul Fussell

The Great War and Modern Memory (1975) 2,083 eksemplarer
Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (1965) 654 eksemplarer
BAD, or, The dumbing of America (1991) 351 eksemplarer
Thank God for the Atom Bomb (1988) 207 eksemplarer
Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear (2002) 160 eksemplarer
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Redaktør — 110 eksemplarer
The Norton Book of Modern War (1990) — Redaktør — 40 eksemplarer

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The Road to Oxiana (1937) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver1,219 eksemplarer
Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (1928) — Redaktør — 714 eksemplarer
Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver685 eksemplarer
The Gallery (1948) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver338 eksemplarer
Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World (2004) — Bidragyder — 228 eksemplarer
Sherston's Progress (1936) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver228 eksemplarer
Eighteenth-Century English Literature (1969) — Redaktør — 186 eksemplarer
Collected Poems, 1908-1956 (1947)nogle udgaver178 eksemplarer
Eight Modern Essayists (1980)nogle udgaver177 eksemplarer
The War: Stories of Life and Death from World War II (1999) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1989 (1989) — Author "From Light to Heavy Duty" — 16 eksemplarer
Reiskoorts : bekende schrijvers over de kunst van het reizen (1986) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer

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I had almost forgotten that back in 1980 people still wrote books like this - flamboyant prose style and page long slabs of personal opinion in between actual literary criticism. The book is quite entertaining though, and at its best makes the interesting point that 'going South' to the beaches and parasols of the Med, to shed clothes and have affairs and worship the sun, was for the British between the wars a kind of pastoral idyll, replacing the pastoral idylls of bleating flocks on English sward and babbling brooks beneath venerable elms (from an earlier time when the British didn't travel as much). Unlike much literary criticism these days Paul Fussell is actually grateful and appreciative of good quality travel writing, and literature in general, and expresses his enthusiasms in this book (he also complains about modern tourism in an understandable but somewhat ploddingly predictable manner). The book is worth reading as an entertaining survey of some of the best travel writing ever written.… (mere)
Tom.Wilson | 3 andre anmeldelser | Mar 28, 2023 |
Started out as a funny field guide to the American class system. Written in 1983 it’s astonishingly up-to-date, although of course a few things have changed. But it’s really wild how much is still exactly the same. Anyway, it started out funny but as it went on it just started seeming nastier and repetitive. If you can find it, you may enjoy the first few chapters, but you may as well bail out halfway through.

ADDED: Well this is just plain weird, the day after I review this obscure 37 year old book, it gets mentioned in a NYTimes opinion piece (great essay BTW): https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/10/opinion/television-culture.html?referringSour...… (mere)
steve02476 | 19 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2023 |
Paul Fussell's THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY (1975) is not a book one can hurry though. I spent about a month on it, taking frequent breaks, because there's just so much to absorb, to learn, from this amazing volume of research, scholarship, and heartfelt commentary. Fussell came away from his own war, WWII, deeply and permanently scarred, and spent the better part of his professional life trying to understand the horror of war and the personal damage it can cause, but he was also deeply intrigued by the countless literary works that came from its participants and victims, evidenced here. He looks at not just works from the Great War, but other more recent wars too, up through Vietnam, and makes some very thoughtful and credible comparisons. Enough said; read this book. I enjoyed a brief correspondence with Paul before his death in 2012, and was deeply saddened when he left us. I will be thinking about this book, and his personal memoir, DOING BATTLE, for a long time. RIP, Paul.

- Tim Bazzett author of the memoir, SOLDIER BOY: AT PLAY IN THE ASA
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TimBazzett | 26 andre anmeldelser | Apr 1, 2022 |



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