Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

ISBN-10: 014310716X
ISBN-13: 9780143107163
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Description: The second 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The second 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.            The second volume of Siegfried Sassoon's semiautobiographical George Sherston trilogy picks up shortly afterMemoirs of a Fox-hunting Man: in 1916, with the young Sherston deep in the trenches of WWI. For his decorated bravery, and also his harmful recklessness, he is soon sent to the Fourth Army School for officer training, then dispatched to Morlancourt, a raid, and on through the Somme. After being wounded by a bullet through the lung, he returns home to convalesce, where his questioning of the war and the British Military establishment leads him to write a public anti-war letter (verbatim the letter Sassoon wrote in 1917, entitled "Finished with the War: A Soldier’s Declaration", which was eventually read in the British House of Commons). Through the help of close friend David Cromlech (based on Sassoon's friend Robert Graves) a medical board decides not to prosecute, but instead deem him to be mentally ill, suffering from shell-shock, and sends him to a hospital for treatment. Sassoon's stunning portrayal of a mind coming to terms with the brutal truths he has encountered in war—as well as his unsentimental, though often poetic, portrayal of class-defined life in England at wartime—is amongst the greatest books ever written about World War I, or war itself.

Paul Fussell,critic, essayist, and cultural commentator, has recently won the H. L. Mencken Award of the Free Press Association. Among his books areThe Great War and Modem Memory,which in 1976 won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award;Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars; Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War;and, most recently,BAD or, The Dumbing of America.His essays have been collected inThe Boy Scout Handbook and Other ObservationsandThank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays.He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches English at the University of Pennsylvania.

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