In the opening section of these related studies of modern literature, Bernard Bergonzi considers the poetry and fiction of two World Wars, including discussions of Wilfred Owen, Richard Aldington’s Death of a Hero, Pat Barker’s Regeneration, and the poetry of the Desert War of the 1940s. The second section deals with a number of prominent twentieth-century authors. Among other subjects, it looks at Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier as a novel anticipating the Great War, the treatment of memory in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and aspects of the poetry of T.S. Eliot, responding to arguments about its anti-semitism. The final section is on Catholic writers, from Hopkins and Chesterton to Graham Greene and David Lodge. The book continues Bergonzi’s extensive career as a critic and literary historian of the modern period, and takes a fresh look at the subjects of some of the earlier books, such as Hopkins, Eliot, Wells, and the literature of war.
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Table of ContentsContents: Writers and War: Regeneration: Pat Barker’s trilogy; Poets’ novels: Richard Aldington and H.D.; The Great War and modern criticism; Poetry of the Desert War; Drummond Allison, 1921-43; Roy Fuller in wartime; Modern Masters: Fresh Wells; Fiction and history: Ford’s The Good Soldier; Aldous Huxley and Aunt Mary; Eliot’s cities; Eliot, Julius and the Jews; Time and memory in Nineteen Eighty-Four; Catholics: Hopkins the Englishman; Hopkins, tradition and the individual talent; The other Mrs Ward; Chesterton’s first novel; David Jones and the idea of Art; Graham Greene at eighty; A conversation with David Lodge; Index.