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The Great War and Modern Memory: The Illustrated Edition

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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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Library Journal
★ 11/01/2013
An erudite yet accessible landmark study. This illustrated version will draw more readers to a book that places the war and its effects in deep cultural context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402764394
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Edition description: Illustrated Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 115,604
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Fussell is a professor emeritus of English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania who served as an infantry officer during World War II. He is the acclaimed author of more than 20 books, including Class: a Guide Through the American Status System (Touchstone 1992) and The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 (Modern Library 2005).
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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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