Retrieving Bones: Stories and Poems of the Korean War / Edition 1

Retrieving Bones: Stories and Poems of the Korean War / Edition 1

by W. D. Ehrhart, Philip K. Jason
     
 

The Korean War was a major event in American history. It marked an abrupt end to the euphoria Americans felt in the wake of victory in World War II and turned out to be the harbinger of disaster in Vietnam a decade later.

Though three years of brutal fighting resulted in millions of casualties, the final truce line of 1953 corresponded almost exactly to the

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Overview

The Korean War was a major event in American history. It marked an abrupt end to the euphoria Americans felt in the wake of victory in World War II and turned out to be the harbinger of disaster in Vietnam a decade later.

Though three years of brutal fighting resulted in millions of casualties, the final truce line of 1953 corresponded almost exactly to the positions the opponents held when the fighting began. Back home, the returning veterans met with little interest in or appreciation of what they had endured. Consequently, literary responses to the Korean War did not find an eager readership. Few people, it seemed, wanted to read about what they perceived as a backwater war that possessed neither grand scale nor apparent nobility, a war that ended not with a bang, but a whimper.

Yet an important literature has come out of the Korean War. As we mark the fiftieth anniversary of the war, these writings are well worth our attention. Many of the twelve stories and fifty poems assembled in Retrieving Bones have long been out of print and are almost impossible to find in any other source. The editors have enhanced this collection by providing maps, a chronology of the Korean War, and annotated lists of novels, works of nonfiction, and films. In a detailed introduction, Ehrhart and Jason discuss the milestones of the Korean War and place each fiction writer and poet represented into historical and literary contexts.

Among the writers and poets are

· James Lee Burke

· Eugene Burdick

· William Chamberlain

· Rolando Hinojosa

· Reg Saner

· Vern Sneider

· Stanford Whitmore

· Keith Wilson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813526393
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,359,530
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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Table of Contents

Ode for the American Dead in Asia
Map: East Asia
Map: Korea - July 27, 1953
Introduction: Historical and Literary Contexts
Introduction: The Writers and Their Works
Rice3
A Long Way from Home14
We Build Churches, Inc43
Cold Day, Cold Fear53
The Trapped Battalion63
Hoengsong (from The Useless Servants)90
Lost Soldier96
Sailors at Their Mourning: A Memory102
Graves115
Indigenous Girls127
A Matter of Price134
From The Secret146
Soldier's Leave161
Korea Bound, 1952161
Letter Home162
The Soldiers163
Shellshock164
Combat Iambic164
Trying to Remember People I Never Really Knew165
Burning the Years166
The Long March167
The Eighth Army at Chongchon168
The January-May 1951 Slaughter169
Night Burial Details171
Jacob Mosqueda Wrestles with the Angels174
A Matter of Supplies176
Native Son Home from Asia177
The Man Without a Face178
Zero Minus One Minute179
Repository180
Re-Runs182
They Said182
Flag Memoir183
Korea 1953186
The Korean187
Without Laying Claim187
I Remember188
Pusan Liberty189
Sure190
The Day the Dam Burst191
The Awakening191
The Captain192
... ganz in Waffen193
Guerilla Camp195
The Circle197
The Girl198
Waterfront Bars199
December, 1952200
Commentary202
The Ex-Officer, Navy203
Memory of a Victory204
Works for Further Study205
Chronology215
Copyrights and Permissions223

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