Sherston's Progress

Author: Siegfried Sassoon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101598948
Category: Fiction
Page: 176
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The third 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. Having been deemed mentally ill for his anti-war sentiments and sent for treatment, George Sherston comes under the care of neurologist Dr. W. H. R. Rivers, who allows Sherston to sort through his attitudes toward the fighting (events that have also been semi-fictionalized by Pat Barker for her bestselling and critically acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy). After six months in the hospital, Sherston leaves to rejoin his regiment. He is soon dispatched to Ireland, where he attempts to reclaim some of the idyllic fox-hunting days of his youth, then to Palestine. He finally ends up at the Western Front in France, where he is shot in the head while on a reconnaissance mission and invalided back home. As the capstone of Sassoon's masterful Sherston trilogy, Sherston's Progress—whose evocation of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress is not at all accidental—literally brings home the unforgettable journey of George Sherston from aristocratic childhood through war hero and anti-war martyr, all the way to wounded veteran trying to move on from the Great War. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Modernism Reconsidered

Author: Robert Kiely,John Hildebidle
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674580657
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 264
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Taking it Like a Man

Suffering, Sexuality, and the War Poets : Brooke, Sassoon, Owen, Graves
Author: Adrian Caesar
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719038341
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 246
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Explores how British poets Wilfred Owen, Seigfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Rupert Brooke brought their inherited ideologies from Christianity, imperialism, and Romanticism to their understanding of the unprecedented slaughter of World War I. Focuses on how ideas about suffering, love, and relations between men were both reinforced and altered by their experiences. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Image of the English Gentleman in Twentieth-Century Literature

Englishness and Nostalgia
Author: Dr Christine Berberich
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409489973
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 218
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Studies of the English gentleman have tended to focus mainly on the nineteenth century, encouraging the implicit assumption that this influential literary trope has less resonance for twentieth-century literature and culture. Christine Berberich challenges this notion by showing that the English gentleman has proven to be a remarkably adaptable and relevant ideal that continues to influence not only literature but other forms of representation, including the media and advertising industries. Focusing on Siegfried Sassoon, Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh and Kazuo Ishiguro, whose presentations of the gentlemanly ideal are analysed in their specific cultural, historical, and sociological contexts, Berberich pays particular attention to the role of nostalgia and its relationship to 'Englishness'. Though 'Englishness' and by extension the English gentleman continue to be linked to depictions of England as the green and pleasant land of imagined bygone days, Berberich counterbalances this perception by showing that the figure of the English gentleman is the medium through which these authors and many of their contemporaries critique the shifting mores of contemporary society. Twentieth-century depictions of the gentleman thus have much to tell us about rapidly changing conceptions of national, class, and gender identity.

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

Author: S. SASSOON
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780571348121
Page: 304
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As I stepped over one of the Germans an impulse made me lift him up from the miserable ditch. Propped against the bank, his blond face undisfigured, except by the mud which I wiped from his eyes and mouth with my coat sleeve. He'd evidently been killed while digging, for his tunic was knotted loosely about his shoulders. He didn't look to be more than eighteen. Hoisting him a little higher, I thought what a gentle face he had, and remembered that this was the first time I'd ever touched one of our enemies with my hands. Perhaps I had some dim sense of the futility which had put an end to this good-looking youth. Anyhow I hadn't expected the Battle of the Somme to be quite like this. This first-hand account of the face of battle is as beautifully written as it is historically significant.

The inner I

British literary autobiography of the twentieth century
Author: Brian Finney
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 286
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Although many works of autobiography exist, few works on autobiography have been written, and no single book has ever before been devoted to English literary autobiographies of the twentieth century. This incisive study of selected autobipgraphical works by British novelists, poets, and playwrights begins with "Versions of Truth," in which Finney set out to demonstrate--using among others the works of W.H. Davies, George Orwell, Joseph Conrad, and Christopher Isherwood--the extent to which autobiographical narrative, like other forms of narrative, makes heavy use of aesthetic criteria even when the writer is most concerned with giving a completely honest version of the facts. The second section, "In Search of Self," reviews the ways modern autobiographers have chosen to portray themselves ased on psychoanalytical insights peculiar to the 20th century. Employing the theories of Freud and Jung, Finney reads the autobiographies of Edmund Gosse, W.B. Yeats, H.G. Wells, Stephen Spender, and others to demonstrate the nature of the insights psychology has to offer readers and writers of 20th-century autobiography.

Siegfried Sassoon

Author: Sanford V. Sternlicht
Publisher: Twayne Pub
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 136
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From 1914 until 1918, World War I ravaged Europe, devastating country after country and taking millions of lives. Responsible for more battlefield casualties than any war before or since, the confrontation is remembered as one of the most gruelling and tragic in western civilization. Out of the horror, however, came an astonishing legacy in the form of poetry. The violence of combat awoke strong emotions in a group of renowned Englishmen who were able to translate their experience and emotion into verse: Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, and not least, Siegfried Sassoon. Born into a privileged family in Kent in 1886, Sassoon spent a largely unremarkable childhood. Upon completing his last year at the distinguished secondary school Marlborough College, a schoolmaster wrote of him: "shows no particular intelligence or aptitude for any branch of his work; seems unlikely to adopt any special career." After two years at Cambridge and a few more pursuing gentlemanly pastimes, Sassoon decided to concentrate on his poetry, which remained mediocre. The was to change with his entry into the army, just a few days before Britain entered the war, and the inspiration the horrors of trench warfare provided him. His war poems were to have an immediacy and vibrancy unmatched by any he had written before. In this study, Sanford Sternlicht examines not only this poetry but Sassoon's other literary endeavors, including the widely acclaimed The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston, to create the most comprehensive study on him to date. The first book to profit from the publication of Sassoon diaries in the 1980s, Siegfried Sassoon is an authoritative and well-balanced introduction to the life and works of a fascinating writer. It also provides strong evidence against the popular view that Sassoon was a purely Georgian poet, placing his combat poetry squarely in the modernist tradition. Sassoon's copious post-World War I satirical and religious poetry is fully explicated and evaluated.

World Authors, 1900-1950

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literature, Modern
Page: 3005
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Provides almost 2700 articles on twentieth-century authors from all over the world who wrote in English or whose works are available in English translation.


Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
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A War of Nerves

Author: Ben Shephard
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780712667838
Category: Military psychiatry
Page: 487
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A history of military psychiatry in the twentieth century – an authoritative, accessible account drawing on a vast range of diaries, interviews, medical papers and official records.

A Clyack-Sheaf

Author: Hugh MacDiarmid
Publisher: London : MacGibbon & Kee
Category: Social problems
Page: 57
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