The Great War and Modern Memory [NOOK Book]

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Paul Fussell’s award-winning landmark study of World War I, originally published in 1975, remains as original and gripping today as ever—but now, for the first time, his literary and illuminating account comes in a beautifully illustrated edition.

World War I changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world. By drawing from a variety of primary sources—including personal correspondence, newspapers, and literary works—Fussell brings the ...

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Overview

Paul Fussell’s award-winning landmark study of World War I, originally published in 1975, remains as original and gripping today as ever—but now, for the first time, his literary and illuminating account comes in a beautifully illustrated edition.

World War I changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world. By drawing from a variety of primary sources—including personal correspondence, newspapers, and literary works—Fussell brings the period alive. Not only does he give us a more profound understanding of what the Great War meant to the people who lived through it, he also analyzes our modern perception of its impact.

The wide selection of rare and fascinating images (approximately 160 of them) includes photographs, illustrations, and maps from period books, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and other publications. Not only do they heighten the impact of Fussell’s remarkable critical interpretation, they help us fully grasp the true scope of this aptly named and catastrophic war.


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Editorial Reviews

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"One of the best nonfiction works I've ever read. I'm a huge fan of virtually everything Fussell has ever done, but this unique book, which uses literature and social history to examine World War I, may be his best. Unflinching."--James Gray, The Week

"Literary and historical materials, in themselves not unfamiliar, are brought together in a probing, sympathetic, and finally illuminating fashion. It is difficult to think of a scholarly work in recent years that has more deeply engaged the reader at both the intellectual and emotional level." --The New Republic

"Skillful, compassionate.... An important contribution to our understanding of how we came to make World War I part of our minds." --Frank Kermode, The New York Times Book Review

"A learned book that is also bright and sensitive." --The New Yorker

"An original and brilliant piece of cultural history and one of the most deeply moving books I have read in a long time." --Lionel Trilling

"Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory introduced an entirely new and creative way of writing both about war and the literature it generates. It has been a profound influence on historians and literary critics alike." --John Kegan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199971978
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 124,641
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

I A Satire of Circumstance 3
II The Troglodyte World 36
III Adversary Proceedings 75
IV Myth, Ritual, and Romance 114
V Oh What a Literary War 155
VI Theater of War 191
VII Arcadian Recourses 231
VIII Soldier Boys 270
IX Persistence and Memory 310
Afterword 336
Notes 343
Index 360
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    The Hideous 20th Century

    Literary critic Paul Fussell located our century's literary and martial birth in the appalling British trenches of World War I in his insightful and thoroughly documented book, 'The Great War and Modern Memory.' He covers in detail the memoirs of Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden, Robert Graves (of I, Claudius fame) and the poetry of Wilfred Owen, along with many others. We return to 1914, when there was no radio, no TV, no movies to speak of, and when the populace had implicit faith in their press, their King and 'progress.' The central irony of this book was that the population rushed to support the war in order to support these 19th century ideals, ideals which would be shattered in the war that gave birth to the twentieth century. Fussell documents how World War I gave us the standardized form, the wristwatch, daylight savings time, civilian censorship and bureaucratic euphemism--and for the first time, despair that technology was driving civilization into perpetual war. 'The Great War and Modern Memory' is probably one of the most significant academic works of the late 20th Century. Whether you agree with Fussell or not, you're bound to learn a lot--fortunately, his writing style is eminently comfortable.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    A Typographical Mess of One of my Favorites

    Any one interested in the history of the First World War should read this book. It stands alone. I am just complaining of the numerous typographical errors in this edition. Barnes and Noble charges good money for a clearly digitized version of a very scholarly work.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

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    More Literature than History

    This book is a discussion of literature during the First World War. It lacks the research of a true historical text. It is more a book about poetry than a book of great historical importance. Fussell fails to explain many of his literary references. Unless you are someone with a vast content knowledge of World War One British literature you will be lost in places of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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