Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography

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In this autobiography, first published in 1929, poet Robert Graves traces the monumental and universal loss of innocence that occurred as a result of the First World War. Written after the war and as he was leaving his birthplace, he thought, forever, Good-Bye to All That bids farewell not only to England and his English family and friends, but also to a way of life. Tracing his upbringing from his solidly middle-class Victorian childhood through his entry into the war at age twenty-one as a patriotic captain in ...
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Overview

In this autobiography, first published in 1929, poet Robert Graves traces the monumental and universal loss of innocence that occurred as a result of the First World War. Written after the war and as he was leaving his birthplace, he thought, forever, Good-Bye to All That bids farewell not only to England and his English family and friends, but also to a way of life. Tracing his upbringing from his solidly middle-class Victorian childhood through his entry into the war at age twenty-one as a patriotic captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, this dramatic, poignant, often wry autobiography goes on to depict the horrors and disillusionment of the Great War, from life in the trenches and the loss of dear friends, to the stupidity of government bureaucracy and the absurdity of English class stratification. Paul Fussell has hailed it as ""the best memoir of the First World War"" and has written the introduction to this new edition that marks the eightieth anniversary of the end of the war. An enormous success when it was first issued, it continues to find new readers in the thousands each year and has earned its designation as a true classic.
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Library Journal
★ 11/01/2013
Graves's 1929 memoir of his life from earliest childhood through the brutal war, as he bids goodbye to all that he knew. With an introduction by Paul Fussell, who considered it the era's greatest memoir.
Booknews
A reissue of the original 1929 version. Robert Graves' nephew and biographer serves as editor and provides annotations and a fascinating introduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385093309
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1958
  • Series: Anchor Books Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 113,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

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    Beware the Versions!

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    See ISBN 9781571810229 for the excellent original text!
    Despite the annotation, ISBN 9780385093309 is his mediocre rewritten version where he seems to have forgotten Laura Riding, ya know?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

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    An Interesting Perspective

    War is brutal and unforgiving, and Graves emphasizes the shock and stark contrast between what he and his comrades believed the war would be like and how WWI actually turned out to be... a trench riddled mess of death and destruction. Graves illustrates his own personal war experiences with fervor and tact, I loved the book.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Beware the Versions!

    ISBN 9781571810229 is the excellent original text!
    ISBN 9780385093309 is the mediocre rewrite from over a quarter century later, where he seems to have forgotten Laura Riding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    A Staggeringly detailed view of a dreaful war.

    Robert Graves writes down the first part of his life in this book, from his days in Britain's public school system through the trenches of the First World War and through the aftermath to Egypt. The focal point of the book is his time in the trenches, where he sees hundreds of men dying for pitiful gains, this cynical look at the war describes the means the soldiers and officers used to survive the emotional stress they encountered in the trenches.

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