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Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

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The first volume in Siegfried Sassoon’s beloved trilogy, The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston, with a new introduction by celebrated historian Paul Fussell
 
A highly decorated English soldier and an acclaimed poet and novelist, Siegfried Sassoon won fame for his trilogy of fictionalized autobiographies that wonderfully capture the vanishing idylls of Edwardian England and the brutal realities of war.
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The first volume in Siegfried Sassoon’s beloved trilogy, The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston, with a new introduction by celebrated historian Paul Fussell
 
A highly decorated English soldier and an acclaimed poet and novelist, Siegfried Sassoon won fame for his trilogy of fictionalized autobiographies that wonderfully capture the vanishing idylls of Edwardian England and the brutal realities of war.
            In this first novel of the semiautobiographical George Sherston trilogy, Sassoon wonderfully captures the vanishing idylls of the Edwardian English countryside. Never out of print since its original publication in 1928, when it won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Sassoon's reminiscences about childhood and the beginning of World War I are channeled through young George Sherston, whose life of local cricket tournaments and fox-hunts falls apart as war approaches and he joins up to fight. Sassoon's first novel, though rife with comic characters and a jaunty sense of storytelling, presents his own loss of innocence and the destruction of the country he knew and loved.

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"The essence of Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man is neither historical no exotic; it is one of the most subtle and moving narratives of a youth's education in life, of the gradual breakdown of an ego centric universe that is happy, innocent and hopeless." -- The Observer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143107156
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 245,646
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967) was a poet and novelist whose novels include the James Tait Black Award–winning Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man. He is recognized as one of the great poets of World War I and one of the war’s most influential opponents.
 
Paul Fussell (1925–2012) was a writer, editor, and historian whose experiences in World War II led to his writing the award-winning classic The Great War and Modern Memory. He was also the editor of the collection Sassoon’s Long Journey.

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