Through the Wheat: A Novel of the World War I Marines

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Fresh out of a Defiance, Ohio, high school, Thomas Boyd (1898-1935) joined the Marines to serve his country in the patriotic heat of the spring of 1917. In 1919 he came home from the war with a Croix de Guerre and a desire to write. He joined the St. Paul News as a journalist and opened a bookstore, whose patrons included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. Through the Wheat appeared to immediate acclaim, with F. Scott Fitzgerald calling it "a work of art" and "arresting." Boyd wrote five other works before ...
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Overview

Fresh out of a Defiance, Ohio, high school, Thomas Boyd (1898-1935) joined the Marines to serve his country in the patriotic heat of the spring of 1917. In 1919 he came home from the war with a Croix de Guerre and a desire to write. He joined the St. Paul News as a journalist and opened a bookstore, whose patrons included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. Through the Wheat appeared to immediate acclaim, with F. Scott Fitzgerald calling it "a work of art" and "arresting." Boyd wrote five other works before he died in Vermont of a cerebral hemorrhage at age thirty-seven.

Introducing this Bison Books edition is Edwin Howard Simmons, a retired brigadier general in the United States Marine Corps and the author of The United States Marines: A History.

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The Nation

"A remarkable first novel."—The Nation
Library Journal
Published by Scribner in 1923, Boyd's novel of U.S. Marines in World War I received high praise for its authenticity. It follows William Hacks, an average soldier who slowly loses his sanity as the war progresses. His seeming bravery under fire gains him the admiration of his fellows, but his composure in fact results from his emotional anesthetization from battle. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803261686
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 1,158,986
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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Introducing this Bison Books edition is Edwin Howard Simmons, a retired brigadier general in the United States Marine Corps and the author of The United States Marines: A History.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    Haunting

    This is one of the best WWI novels I've read that was written in the early years after the war. The writing is both riveting and poetic, and the characters are real. I still find myself thinking about Hicks, the protagonist.

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